"I have been analyzing American history in the
light of what I have called structural deep events: events, like the JFK
assassination, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, or 9/11, which repeatedly
involve law-breaking or violence, are mysterious to begin with, are embedded in
ongoing covert processes, have political consequences that enlarge covert
government, and are subsequently covered up by
systematic falsifications in the mainstream
media and internal government records." - Peter Dale Scott
"Key congressional leaders say they didn't know
George Walker Bush
established a "shadow government," moving dozens of senior civilian managers to
secret underground locations outside Washington to ensure that the federal
government could survive a devastating terrorist attack on the nation's
capital" - Washington Post, Saturday
It is becoming increasingly
apparent to American citizens that government is no longer being conducted in
accordance with the U.S. Constitution, or, within states, according to state
constitutions. While people have recognized for more than 150 years that the
rich and powerful often corrupt individual officials, or exert undue influence
to get legislation passed that favors their interests, most Americans still
cling to the naive belief that such corruption is exceptional, and that most of
the institutions of society, the courts, the press, and
law enforcement agencies, still
largely comply with the Constitution and
the law in important matters. They expect that these
corrupting forces are disunited and in competition with one another, so that
they tend to balance one another.
Mounting evidence makes it clear that
the situation is far worse than most people think, that during the last several
decades the U.S. Constitution has been effectively overthrown, and that it is
now observed only as a façade to deceive and placate the masses. What
has replaced it is what many call the Shadow Government. It still, for the most
part, operates in secret, because its control is not secure. The exposure of
this regime and its operations must now become a primary duty of citizens who
still believe in the Rule of Law and in the freedoms which this country is
supposed to represent.
16-year-old Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki was
assassinated while eating dinner by a CIA drone airstrike in Yemen on October
Anwar al-Awlaki, an American/Yemeni imam and Islamic
lecturer, was assassinated by an armed CIA drone two weeks prior to the death
of his son.
| Mission: The Long War
Journal is dedicated to providing original and accurate reporting and analysis
of the Long War (also known as
the Global War on
Terror). This is accomplished through its programs of embedded reporters,
news and news aggregation, maps, podcasts, and other multimedia
envision a prolonged cold war against Al Qaeda, with hot wars along the way. It
happens that the Long War is over Muslim lands rich with oil, natural gas and
planned pipelines. " - Tom Hayden
|"Without public debate and
without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers
have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War, which projects an "arc of
instability" caused by insurgent groups from Europe to South Asia that will
last between 50 and 80 years. According to one of its architects, Iraq,
Pakistan are just "small wars in the midst
of a big one." - Tom Hayden
|"Last October, senior
Obama officials anonymously
unveiled to the Washington Post their newly minted "disposition matrix", a
complex computer system that will be used to determine how a terrorist suspect
will be "disposed of": indefinite detention, prosecution in a real court,
etc." - Glenn Greewald
There are more police officers than hired security guards in
1969 Richard Milhouse
Nixon appoints Donald
Henry Rumsfeld to head the Office of Economic Opportunity, which was
responsible for overseeing the "War on Poverty". Richard Nixon wanted the
agency restructured, and Donald
Henry Rumsfeld, with the assistance of his chief aide,
Bruce Cheney, quickly began bringing in management contractors to do the
work of the agency's top civil servants.
"Don found himself with a
bureaucracy that hated him. He was forced to seek outside help. I remember Don
reciting to me the Al Smith statement, 'If I don't look to my friends for help,
who do I look to, my enemies?'" -
Frank Carlucci succeeds
Donald Henry Rumsfeld and
later becomes Defense secretary for Ronald
1971 Frank Carlucci tells Congress
that he is dramatically curtailing the agency's spending on management
"We did not think we were getting our money's worth." -
1976 Daniel Guttman and Barry Willner write The Shadow Government. Decision-making authority as well
as actual services are being outsourced to high-priced consultants, secretive
think tanks, and corporate vested interests - accountable to no one! Using a
process' cloaked in contractual and other formal approvals by the various
executive departments a drive to merge government and business interests began
as early as 1969.
Ronald Reagan created a presidential
commission on privatization to study how the boundary between public and
private might be erased giving private interests more opportunity to move into
traditionally government roles. The same idea surfaces in the "re-inventing
government" movement taken up by the Bill Clinton administration: "We would do
well," one proponent wrote, "to glory in the blurring of public and private and
not keep trying to draw a disappearing line in the water."
Privatization has affected every aspect of American public life since then.
The most visible surge in government outsourcing has come in the realm of the
military. Purportedly acute manpower shortages has America hiring private
companies to perform duties reserved in the past for the American military.
America now has over 40 corporations that provide mercenaries.
every facet of "personal security" is now in the hands of private business.
2003 3,512 security contracts for domestic
2006 In the 22 month period
ending in August the Department of Homeland Security has issued more than
115,000 security related contracts.
It was not until the mid19th
century that America's urban governments, by setting up local police forces,
began to make an ordinary person's safety a matter of state responsibility. No
one with wealth relies on state guarantees of security any longer. People have
wealth have withdrawn into protected walled enclaves.
One of the chief
obligations of any
government is simply to dispense justice - to resolve disputes, oversee legal
business, mete out punishment. These functions were once held in private hands.
After a stint as a social responsibility, they are now migrating back. Lawyers
and clients increasingly shun the civil courts - congested, expensive, fickle -
and instead buy themselves some private arbitration, provided by a growing
cadre of profitable "rent a judge" companies.
As for the criminal
justice system, those sentenced to prison may very well do their time in a
private facility, run on behalf of state and federal governments and operated
by a company with some former public official in its management to grease the
wheels. Faced with rising numbers of inmates, and unwilling to raise taxes to
build more public prisons, governments at all levels have found that the easy,
cost effective way is to turn the prison industry over to the private sector -
companies such as the behemoth Nashville based Corrections Corporation of
America's public colleges and universities are fast losing
their public character. These institutions were created under the terms of an
act signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, providing federal
land grants to the states as a basis for
public financing of higher education. Nationwide, state legislatures are
picking up only about two-thirds of the annual cost of public higher education.
For the University of Illinois, the figure is 25 percent. For the University of
Michigan, it's 18 percent.
What makes up the difference in funding? To
a large degree it's money from private donors and private corporations,
creating an incipient "academic-industrial complex" at public and private
institutions alike. At the University of California at Berkeley, one
administrator is officially known as the
Bank of America Dean of the
Haas School of Business. Much money for universities comes with strings
attached for instance, the power to push research in certain directions
and perhaps away from others, and the ownership of patents deriving from
Sociologists have a term for what is occurring:
they call it the "externalization of state functions." Water and sewage systems
are being privatized, as are airports and highways and public hospitals.
Voucher programs and charter schools are a way of shifting education toward the
private sector. The protection of nuclear waste is in private hands. Meat
inspection is done largely by the meatpacking companies themselves. The
privatization of terminal operations at American ports began three decades ago
and 80 percent of them were already operated by foreign companies, the largest
of which is Chinese.
Serious proposals to privatize portions of Social
Security have been on the table, and Obamacare effectively puts an enormous
government program into the hands of private insurance and drug companies. Many
governmnet services now charge user fees. Detailed statistical data were once
freely available to everyone as public information but now that information
must be purchased ffrom a private corporate public information provider.
The vaults of the Smithsonian were once open to documentary film makers
regardless of provenance and financing. Now an agreement between the
Smithsonian and the cable company Showtime has created something called the
Smithsonian Channel, which has jurisdiction over, and priority access to,
certain kinds of material.
A considerable amount of tax collection is
now done, in effect, by casinos; rather than raise taxes to pay for services,
legislatures legalize gambling and then take a rake-off from the profits earned
by private casino companies. It's "tax farming" for the modern age, recalling
the hated Roman practice of selling the right to collect taxes to private
individuals (including the apostle Matthew in the Gospels), who were then
allowed to keep anything over what they had agreed to collect for the
As the recent revelations
about torture have made clear, even
official interrogations for
national security purposes have been outsourced - in this instance to other
countries through the process known as "extraordinary rendition."
sale of naming rights for public facilities and other amenities attracts notice
mostly for the ungainly nomenclature that results - mutants such as the
Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail, at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx,
and Whataburger Field, in Corpus Christi.
To attract more corporate
underwriting, the Department of the Interior has proposed that America's
national parks be liberally opened up to the sale of naming rights. No one is
suggesting that there will soon be a J. Crew Cape Cod National Seashore. But
might there be a Sherwin-Williams Painted Desert Trailhead?
at Johns Hopkins observes, "Contractors have become so big and entrenched that
it's a fiction that the government maintains any control."
recent example is the rebuilding effort in
Iraq. There may have been no
alternative to giving the reconstruction job in Iraq to private corporations,
including giant combines such as Bechtel and
Halliburton, but the result
has been an effort that defies management or accountability. The evidence of
widespread corruption in the Iraq rebuilding effort is beyond dispute.
Corruption aside, private companies are exempt from many regulations
that would apply to government agencies. The records of private companies can't
be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They can use foreign
subsidiaries to avoid laws meant to restrain American companies. Before the
war, Halliburton itself
used subsidiaries to do business with Iran,
Iraq, and Libya, despite official
American trade sanctions against all three countries.
More and more
secret intelligence work translation, airborne surveillance, computing,
interrogation, analysis, reporting, briefingis being outsourced to
private entities. Not only is the intelligence community becoming further
fragmented, but, because the new jobs pay so well, a "spy drain" is drawing
officers out of the public sector and into the private market. The drain isn't
restricted to spies: at least 90 former top officials at the Department of
Homeland Security and the White House Office of Homeland Security are now
working for private companies in the domestic-security business.
Meanwhile, the government seems poised to turn the
job of border police over to multi-national contractors, a task that will in
turn be subcontracted out to dozens of smaller companies.
were among the corporations submited bids to build a high-tech "virtual fence"
along the Mexican border, with an array of motion detectors, satellite
monitors, and aerial drones which Boeing eventually won.
Security official conceded the abdication of government leadership, saying to
the corporation, "We're asking you to come back and tell us how to do our
One study from the late 1990s suggests that the
"privatization rate" the rate at which public functions are being
outsourced is roughly doubling every year. On paper the federal
workforce nationwide, leaving the military aside, appears to total about two
million people. If you add in all the people in the private sector doing
essentially government jobs with federal grants and contracts, then the figure
rises by 10.5 million. The commercialization of government probably explains
why so many Washington entities are now referred to as shops: "lobby shop,"
"counterterrorism shop." There's no question that in certain ways the private
sector can outperform the public sector. Users of Federal Express, U.P.S., and
DHL would sooner renounce citizenship than go back to relying only on the US
Postal Service. The problem is the cumulative effect of privatization across
the board projected out over decades, over a century, over two
and the leaching of management capacity from government. The activities of
government are, in effect, being franchised out.
You can't help
lingering over the concept of "franchise." The word originally had to do with
notions of political freedom and social responsibility. Derived from the Old
French word franc, meaning "free," it later came to be associated with the most
fundamental political freedom of all: to exercise your franchise meant to
exercise your right to vote. Only much later, in the mid20th century, did
the idea of being granted "certain rights" acquire its commercial connotation:
the right to market a company's services or products, such as fried chicken or
Tupperware. Today, to have a franchise on something is in effect to have
control over it." - adapted from Cullen Murphy
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