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October 28, 2019

Endorsing The Deep State Endangers Democracy

Since Donald Trump was elected president the New York Times' understanding of the 'Deep State' evolved from a total denial of its existence towards a full endorsement of its anti-democratic operations.

February 16, 2017 - As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America

A wave of leaks from government officials has hobbled the Trump administration, leading some to draw comparisons to countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where shadowy networks within government bureaucracies, often referred to as “deep states,” undermine and coerce elected governments.

So is the United States seeing the rise of its own deep state?

Not quite, experts say, but the echoes are real — and disturbing.

March 6, 2017 - Rumblings of a ‘Deep State’ Undermining Trump? It Was Once a Foreign Concept

The concept of a “deep state” — a shadowy network of agency or military officials who secretly conspire to influence government policy — is more often used to describe countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where authoritarian elements band together to undercut democratically elected leaders. But inside the West Wing, Mr. Trump and his inner circle, particularly his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, see the influence of such forces at work within the United States, essentially arguing that their own government is being undermined from within.

It is an extraordinary contention for a sitting president to make.

March 10, 2017 - What Happens When You Fight a ‘Deep State’ That Doesn’t Exist

American institutions do not resemble the powerful deep states of countries like Egypt or Pakistan, experts say. Nor do individual leaks, a number of which have come from President Trump’s own team, amount to a conspiracy.

The diagnosis of a “deep state,” those experts say, has the problem backward.
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Though Mr. Trump has not publicly used the phrase, allies and sympathetic news media outlets have repurposed “deep state” from its formal meaning — a network of civilian and military officials who control or undermine democratically elected governments — to a pejorative meant to accuse civil servants of illegitimacy and political animus.

September 5, 2018 - I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

December 18, 2018 - Blaming the Deep State: Officials Accused of Wrongdoing Adopt Trump’s Response

President Trump has long tried to explain away his legal troubles as the work of a “deep state” of Obama supporters entrenched in the law-enforcement and national-security bureaucracies who are just out to get him. Now junior officials and others accused of wrongdoing are making the case that the same purported forces are illegitimately targeting them, too.

October 6, 2019 - Italy’s Connection to the Russia Investigation, Explained

President Trump and some of his allies have asserted without evidence that a cabal of American officials — the so-called deep state — embarked on a broad operation to thwart Mr. Trump’s campaign. The conspiracy theory remains unsubstantiated, ...

October 20, 2019 - They Are Not the Resistance. They Are Not a Cabal. They Are Public Servants.

President Trump is right: The deep state is alive and well. But it is not the sinister, antidemocratic cabal of his fever dreams. It is, rather, a collection of patriotic public servants — career diplomats, scientists, intelligence officers and others — who, from within the bowels of this corrupt and corrupting administration, have somehow remembered that their duty is to protect the interests, not of a particular leader, but of the American people.

October 23, 2019 - Trump’s War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him

[O]ver the last three weeks, the deep state has emerged from the shadows in the form of real live government officials, past and present, who have defied a White House attempt to block cooperation with House impeachment investigators and provided evidence that largely backs up the still-anonymous whistle-blower.

October 26, 2019 - The ‘Deep State’ Exists to Battle People Like Trump

The president and his allies have responded with fury. Those damning testimonials are part of a political vendetta by “Never Trumper” bureaucrats, members of a “deep state” bent on undermining the will of the people, they assert.

But what is this “deep state”? Far from being a tool of political corruption, the Civil Service was created to be an antidote to the very kind of corruption and self-dealing that seems to plague this administration.

This development is disconcerting. If the deep state is allowed to make its own policies against the will of the elected officials why should we bother with holding elections?

The Democrats are stupid to applaud this and to even further these schemes. They are likely to regain the presidency in 2024. What will they do when all the Civil Service functionaries Trump will have installed by then organize to ruin their policies?

Posted by b on October 28, 2019 at 15:52 UTC | Permalink

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Evelyn @200--

Again, thanks for your reply! The book Pepe references, Theology of Provocation is indeed a French publication not yet translated--bummer--but I did machine translate the publisher's blurb available at the link provided in Pepe's item:

"Provocation is the essence of modernity. The revolutions that gave birth to the modern world marked the stages of a decadence all the more inexorable as it took the face of progress. The totalitarian principle is as universal as the presence in each one of us of the 'included third', namely the Espionage of Souls exercised by an Inquisitor power that settles within the consciences themselves. This principle derives from the promise of Christ never to leave his disciples. Basing himself on the 'Azef affair', the emblem of provocation on the eve of the First World War, deconstructing a false anti-Semite to decipher the mechanism of mass intoxication, guided by Vassili Rozanov who laid the foundations of the 'theology of provocation' by putting it into practice in order to better denounce its ins and outs, Gérard Conio walks through the great intellectual upheavals of Russian culture to denounce a hidden truth: the essence of provocation is in the inversion of values. And the disasters that continue to shake the world in the name of democracy and 'human rights' are the best proof of this mystification that relies on big feelings to close our eyes to truths that we refuse to see." [My Emphasis]

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 30 2019 22:50 utc | 201

All these roaring posts re DeepState, and not a squeak about Senior Executive Service.

The SES is a haven used by deepstaters to control the flow of .gov activities, namely running day-to-day operations just below the appointed political heads [short-timers] who are here today and gone tomorrow. Their bailiwick of functions covers decision points to enable or disable any critical activities such as, in the case of the Internal Revenue Service, blocking inquiry/prosecution of Exempt Organization fraud by Clinton "charities"[Loretta Lerner might ring a bell?].

SES operates under the US Civil Service administration [see Office of Professional Management--OPM--]

If u want regulatory control, infest SES. It's simple and effective and [unmentionable in MainStreamMedia]. Even each Department's Inspector General [e.g. Michal Horowitz at DOJ] are key SES slots!

Raise your hand if you are familiar SES.

Posted by: chu teh | Oct 30 2019 23:43 utc | 202

chu teh @202--

Damn! From its main page:

"The Senior Executive Service (SES) lead America’s workforce. As the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was established to '...ensure that the executive management of the Government of the United States is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation and otherwise is of the highest quality.' These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective on government and a public service commitment that is grounded in the Constitution.

"Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal workforce. They operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 Federal agencies.

"The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manages the overall Federal executive personnel program, providing the day-to-day oversight and assistance to agencies as they develop, select, and manage their Federal executives."

Reading the "Guide to SES" positions it as benign, non-partisan, as per the following example:

"Career Reserved Positions: must always be filled by a career appointee to ensure the impartiality, or the public's confidence in the impartiality, of the Government."

Corporate capture of the regulatory agencies prove the above to be a big lie. "Impartiality" sure. What other cars do you have on the lot?

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 31 2019 0:16 utc | 203

karlof1 | Oct 31 2019 0:16 utc | 203

Yup, overwhumped about 3 or 4 years ago when 1st I hoidavit.

No! Too off--the-wall. Ridiculous! As soon as confirmed just the rawest detail, it clearly made sense as another masterstroke by the untouchable, deniable, unmentionables who also gave us Parallel Construction to ease their workload dreaming-up cover stories.

SES is right on plan; I think was legislated quietly into existence at end of JCarter's reign. 40 years ago! If u dare, just imagine the infestation! The twisted bestest highest-IQ team run amok.

Posted by: chu teh | Oct 31 2019 2:35 utc | 204

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 30 2019 18:00 utc | 196

"Sure, there are good career civil service people who work in our National Parks, at NASA, NOAA, CDC, and a myriad of other agencies that perform good deeds for the populous. Essentially, a line can be drawn between the agencies that support the National Security State and those that don't."

There may be good career civil service people at these agencies but also plenty of bad ones, and the agencies all collaborate with the war/police state. The NOAA falsely testified on behalf of the Navy that its sonar tests don't harm whales, just to give one example. The CDC has collaborated with DARPA on its biowarfare program and laundered its propaganda (along with often shilling for Big Drug, which isn't a good deed either). NASA's inextricable symbiosis with the military, indeed its genesis out of military priorities, hardly needs examples.

You can't draw a line where it comes to any agency.

Posted by: Russ | Oct 31 2019 9:05 utc | 205

@ karlof1 | Oct 29 2019 16:27 utc | 149

Unless the possibilities mentioned in the second paragraph of your comment become reality, I believe that the possibilities mentioned in your first paragraph are, indeed, the most likely outcomes. A fine eye you have for seeing through the vague mists and foliage of the political jungle.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Oct 31 2019 22:54 utc | 206

Thank you for this analysis.

Posted by: Karen Bartlett | Nov 18 2019 17:31 utc | 207

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