Notes on the Deep State
The Continuity of Government (COG) was discussed as one aspect of the shadow government in The Two Faces of Money, which was published in 2007. Since that time, another crucially important element of the shadow government known as the "Deep State" has come under scrutiny.
Attorney and author John Whitehead suggests that Senator William Jenner, in a 1954 speech, was among the first public figures to give a face to the shadow government which he said was “unaffected by elections, unaltered by populist movements and beyond the reach of law – a corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. . .”
Whitehead says the Deep State is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes. This government within a government is the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our government, making a mockery of elections and the entire concept of a representative government. . .
Whitehead adds that the Deep State includes "the militarized police, which have joined forces with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to establish themselves as a standing army. It’s the fusion centers and spy agencies that have created a surveillance state and turned all of us into suspects. It’s the courthouses and prisons that have allowed corporate profits to take precedence over due process and justice. It’s the military empire with its private contractors and defense industry that is bankrupting the nation. It’s the private sector with its 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government. It’s what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as 'a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies': the Department of Defense, the State Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a handful of vital federal trial courts, and members of the defense and intelligence committees."
While Whitehead maintains that we are dealing with two shadow governments, one being COG or Continuity of Government and the other being the Deep State, CIA whistleblower Kevin Shipp, host of the online podcast The Intelligence Hour, contends that the Deep State is an entity functioning within the shadow government. From this perspective, COG would be a second element, along with the Deep State, of the larger shadow government.
Shipp explains the difference between what he calls the shadow government and the Deep State this way: The Deep State functions in the same matrix connected to the shadow government, but much of the time the shadow government rules the Deep State through the power of secrecy. The Deep State is fueled by money, power and greed. The shadow government is fueled by fear and intimidation. Both are funded by Wall Street. Shipp contends that not only is Wall Street part of the Deep State, but that it and the Treasury Department have in effect become business partners who utilize offshore accounts in the conduct of their business.
Former military analyst for the pentagon Chuck Spinney dispels notions of “sinister conspiracies” as the primary force behind the deep state by describing what is actually behind this phenomenon. In a forward to a 2014 article entitled Anatomy of a Deep State by former GOP Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren, Spinney writes. . .
In a 2014 Bill Moyers interview Mike Lofgren himself talked about what he calls the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.” Within the Deep State elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. “It is," said Lofgren, "the red thread that runs through the history of the last three decades. It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war.” Lofgren says the Deep State’s heart lies in Washington, DC, but its tentacles reach out to Wall Street, which Lofgren describes as “the ultimate backstop to the whole operation,” Silicon Valley and over 400,000 contractors, private citizens who have top-secret security clearances. Like any other bureaucracy, it’s groupthink that drives the Deep State."
Two years later, in 2016, Spinney provides additional insight into Lofgren’s revelations on the Deep State, including Lofgren’s newly released book called simply Deep State, in an article entitled Deconstructing the Deep State.