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It is not possible to overstate the power of certain constituencies and corporate lobbies in the United States. These pressure groups, joined by powerful government agencies, many of which have secret agendas that focus on national security, constitute what is increasingly being recognized as "Deep State America." Deep State is the widespread belief that there exists in many countries an entrenched and largely hidden infrastructure that really controls the national narrative and runs things. It explains why, for example, a country like the United States is perpetually at war even though the wars have been disastrous failures ever since Korea and have not made the nation more secure.

To be sure, certain constituencies have benefitted from global instability and conflict, to include defense industries, big government in general, and the national security state. They all work together and hand-in-hand with the corporate media to sustain the narrative that the United States is perpetually under threat, even though it is not.

The recent exchanges over the Russia-US relationship exhibit perfectly how the Deep State operates to control the message. American President Donald Trump briefly met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vietnam. Putin reportedly told Trump that Russia "absolutely had not meddled" in the 2016 US election and Trump then told reporters that he believed the Russian leader meant what he said, "which is good." As de'tente with Russia is not considered desirable by the Deep State, there was an immediate explosion of a contrary narrative, namely that Trump believes a Russian "enemy" and does not trust what his own intelligence agencies have told him about 2016 because he is being "played" by Putin. This story was repeated both on television news and in all the mainstream newspapers without exception, eventually forcing Trump to recant and say that he does believe in US intelligence.

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Not a single major media outlet in the US reported that it just might be possible that Putin was telling the truth and that the intelligence community, which has been wrong many times over the past 20 years, might have to look again at what it considers to be evidence. No journalist had the courage to point out that the claims of the Washington national security team have been remarkably devoid of anything credible to support the conclusions about what the Russian government might or might not have been up to. That is what a good journalist is supposed to do and it has nothing to do with whether or not one admires or loathes either Putin or Trump.

That the relationship between Moscow and Washington should be regarded as important given the capability of either country to incinerate the planet would appear to be a given, but the Washington-New York Establishment, which is euphemism for Deep State, is actually more concerned with maintaining its own power by marginalizing Donald Trump and maintaining the perception that Vladimir Putin is the enemy head of state of a Russia that is out to cripple American democracy.

Beyond twisting narratives, Russiagate is also producing potentially dangerous collateral damage to free speech, as one of the objectives of those in the Deep State is to rein in the current internet driven, relatively free access to information. In its most recent manifestations, an anonymous group produced a phony list of 200 websites that were "guilty" of serving up Russian propaganda, a George Soros funded think tank identified thousands of individuals who are alleged to be "useful idiots" for Moscow, and legitimate Russian media outlets will be required to register as foreign agents.

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Driven by Russophobia over the 2016 election, a group of leading social media corporations including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have been experimenting with ways

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Congress is also toying with legislation that will make certain viewpoints unacceptable or even illegal, including a so-called Anti-Semitism Awareness Act that would potentially penalize anyone who criticizes Israel and could serve as a model for banning other undesirable speech. "Defamatory speech" could even eventually include any criticism of the government or political leaders, as is now the case in Turkey, which is the country where the "Deep State" was invented.

 

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Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served eighteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Mr. Giraldi was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of London in European History and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish. His columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues regularly appear in The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and antiwar.com. He has written op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain, has appeared on "Good Morning America," MSNBC, National Public Radio, and local affiliates of ABC television. He has been a keynote speaker at the Petroleum Industry Security Council annual meeting, has spoken twice at the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC convention in Washington, and has addressed several World Affairs Council affiliates. He has been interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Britain's Independent Television Network, FOX News, Polish National Television, Croatian National Television, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, 60 Minutes, and other international and domestic broadcasters.


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I agree that most of what you said in your article is spot on. If you are still around and can comment, I would like it if you would elaborate a bit on the Washington-New York Establishment. So what you are saying is that Putin is really a good guy and the U.S. should make friends with him and Russia, so to speak. Tall order!!

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Alrighty then. The CNI- seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values, protects our national interests, and contributes to a just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is CNI's goal to restore a political environment in America in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of foreign countries and their partisans. I might add that it is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Let's do a little dissecting here. A non-profit run by a CIA agent, who once a CIA agent always a CIA agent. Promotes a U.S. foreign policy in the Isreali Palestinian area that is consistent with American values. Whose values and what values, and who is "our". It is their mission to see to it that American voters and elected officials are free from undue influence of foreign countries and their partisans.

Now, what does this all mean? First of all, I think it is safe to say that they are an official arm of the American state themselves, even though they are a non-profit. Which brings up the idea of a CIA operation. If they are associated with the government and American values, we are probably talking value, as in money. Undue foreign influence is, of course, the Isreali influence on America.

I quickly went to their official site and saw a video of Alison Weir, the president of the organization. In the video, she talks about going to the Palestinian-Isreali area and supposedly talking to both sides of the conflict to find out what is going on over there. She claims that we as Americans are not getting an accurate picture of the conflict. In the video, all she talks about is the disparity of casualties between the two sides. Palestinians have according to her the most casualties, and why not, they have rocks and the Israelis have sub-machine guns and tanks. The official storyline at CNI is Isreal bad guy, Palestinians victims. The U.S. should view Isreal as the aggressor and bad guy. Why? The last part of the video is about how the U.S. is sending gobs of money to Isreal every year and that is bad.

The problem that the CNI is facing; however, is that millions of evangelicals in the U.S. believe in something called the Abrahamic Covenant.Which briefly here, states that in (Gen. 12:3), I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." If you want a full accounting you can clickhere. So, in order to stop the flow of money to Isreal, they have to convince the Evangelicals that Isreal is bad and somehow doesn't deserve the money. Let me interject here, we are talking about changing the minds of fundamentalist. Lots of luck!!

Now people watch. I hope I get my noble peace prize here, for at least framing the middle east problem correctly. Actually solving it is another entirely different problem, that from my standpoint is going to take a lot more time. But if you understand what the problem is it is much easier to come up with a solution. The problem in the middle east or between Isreal and Palestine is a familiar problem to the people of the United States. It all has to do with the fact that when two groups of people come together in close proximity if there is not a merger of the two to cohabitate together then it is like oil and water. They don't mix. I will at this time place a link here so that you can read about the problem yourself. The problem is the "jews" in Isreal are arrogant, prideful, and racist. They don't like intermarriages because it dilutes they so-called race or identity. This is why the Israelis and the Palestinians don't merge as a group. Same thing in America where whites don't like intermarriages especially with blacks. Racism. That's the entrenchment.

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"...if there is not a merger of the two to cohabitate together then it is like oil and water."

Your analysis is interesting as far as it goes, but I fear that if this the extent that oil gets mentioned it is grossly incomplete. I would say a vast majority of proxy wars involving the major industrial powers, in the Middle East and elsewhere, have at their root the flow of oil from the major producers to the major consumers, and who controls it and profits from it. I won't be lining up for my Nobel for that observation, though.

Religion is a topic about which people get passionate, but their emotions are subject to exploitation by dispassionate players toward other ends.

As far as who are the black hats and who are the white hats goes, any source that declares "Putin good U.S. bad" or vice versa is suspect to me. I'm less sceptical about Israel vs. Palestine arguments to that effect since most of the world blames Israel. For the one time the US failed to cast the sole veto in the UN Security Council of a resolution condemning Israel it got roundly criticized by the Nutty Yahoo, and was quickly reversed when Trump came in.

But about Putin, I'm neither convinced of his goodness or badness. Russia's oligarchs have their interests, US oligarchs have theirs. Although there's a movement on the left to argue the whole Russian election meddling thing is a concoction of the Deep State to rekindle the cold war, I would be amazed if absolutely none occurred--no Kremlin sponsored sock puppet postings on forums like this, for example, no kindling of HRC hatred targeting the Rush Limbaugh indoctrinated heartland, no leaks of incriminating emails. They had the means and the motivation, and the US has been doing similar things throughout the globe for aeons. The hard proof may never come, though, because it could reveal intelligence sources and methods.

In summary, I am very interested in the topic of how the Deep State controls the narrative (for example, the absolute certainty that Bashir al Assad launched sarin attacks in Syria in 2013 and 2017), but I believe there's at least a grain of truth in the election meddling thing.

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I'm afraid you missed the boat on the oil and water thing. I'm not talking about light sweet crude my friend. I'm simply talking about how oil and water the metaphor, to illustrate how two groups don't mix.

Are we even talking about the same post? I don't know what you are talking about when you mention religion and how that relates to people with other agendas.

I don't know where you are getting all your "facts" as I have learned they are very hard to come by in a country where the media is controlled centrally and our history has been extremely altered, and a concerted effort has been made to brainwash everyone.

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Personally, I have positive feelings about Putin. I have watched (as in viewed) him speak a number of times and found him sensible, articulate and intelligent. Trump, on the other hand.....


I see no purpose in the Putin/Russia bashing. We have been told for decades how we're "the best" and yet, when I look at our history I'm disgusted/aghast. A big deal was our agreement with Russia decades ago that they return East Germany to West Germany and, in return, we would not move NATO countries any further to the east (toward Russia's border). Many remember when the wall came down and Russia loosed its grip on East Germany. Meanwhile, there are NATO countries now, right up on Russia's border...complete with nukes. Whose the bad player?


We only get one-sided, self-serving news here in the state....another travesty as the media is constitutionally described to be the watchdog on government, in order to keep us informed of what government is doing....you know, so we can be proud and applaud or say absolutely not! Constitutionally speaking, there are representing us....and since 9/11, I've been screaming "not in my name!"

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As always, the Deep State accuses its target country of doing what it is doing to the target country which in the case of Russia is trying to destroy us. You don't have to look very deep to find the evidence that this is true as the US imposed its Structural Adjustment economic strategy to asset strip Russia in the 90s. The US Structurally Adjusted a large portion of the population out of their livelihoods, homes and health. Putin put a stop to the looting which is why he is targeted for regime change.

You have to be working really hard at not paying attention to not know this stuff.

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Many refer to the Deep State as the force taking over the U.S., but have had much confusion in informing just who, or what, the Deep State is. A majority seem to settle for it being a combination of Wall Street and the military industrial complex. IMHO it involves much more than those entities and its agenda is not simply taking over the United States, but has an ultimate goal of forming a one government world with the UN posing as the central government. It is headed by a group made up of individuals throughout the globe and has a multitude of forces to carry-out their desires. Presently, two world leaders, Putin and Trump, not only are not members of this conspiratorial group, but oppose their agenda, hence we are bombarded with demonization of both. While one might take a step back at the thought Trump opposes them let me remind he is against the "trade" policies that have been imposed in order to bring the globe together while severing sovereign rights of these nations, none of his cabinet members are members of any of the Hierarchy, he is not taking their orders, hence the Corporate Media Propagandists paint him as out of control, and more.

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The aspersion about journalists is offensive and inaccurate. CJR data identified the deaths of nearly 1300 courageous journalists who were targeted and killed since 1992, and almost 500 more were killed since then, too, but with no clear motive accompanying their demise. Another source claimed that over 12 journalists have been killed in Russia during Putin's era. Corporate media isn't about journalism. 90% of all the communications we receive via print, broadcast, every entertainment venue--is disseminated by Disney, Viacom, Newscorp, Time Warner, CBS, Comcast. Period. It all comes out of the same corporate can. Mass media represents personal interest, not journalism, which spreads manipulation, deceit, distraction, the selling of belief, propaganda. Have you forgotten the "Weapons of mass destruction" that didn't exist? Information that directly affects our lives and future has been censored, squashed, twisted, and/or withheld by the corporate media machine, not the journalist. That's among the reasons I greatly enjoy the wildly diverse, refreshing viewpoints, experiences and insights at OpEd News, and spend more time with independent media than all the rest. Amy Goodman was the only reporter at the Standing Rock scene after attack dogs had been cruelly unleashed on protestors, and she was arrested for doing her job as a journalist. CBS, NBC, Fox, or ABC cameras were nowhere to be found prior to Amy's arrival.

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I'm afraid one phrase changed journalism forever in the United States.---You're either with us or against us. Maybe that's what happened to our brave reporters. Along with scores of astronomers who were tracking the incoming Nibiru.

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