Deep State: Who really rules America

The term “deep state” refers to a secret government that operates as a state within a state. The term originated in reference to the politics of Turkey — that the country actually is ruled by a group of influential anti-democratic coalitions within the Turkish political system, composed of élites of the intelligence services (domestic and foreign), military, security, judiciary, and mafia.
In other words, deep state is The Powers That Be.
The Powers That Be - deep state
What follows are excerpts from a July 30, 2015 article by Philip Giraldi for The American Conservative. Giraldi is a former CIA officer and currently the executive director of the Council for the National Interest.

As all governments—sometimes for good reasons—engage in concealment of their more questionable activities, or even resort to out and out deception, one must ask how the deep state differs. While an elected government might sometimes engage in activity that is legally questionable, there is normally some plausible pretext employed to cover up or explain the act.
But for players in the deep state, there is no accountability and no legal limit. Everything is based on self-interest, justified through an assertion of patriotism and the national interest. […]
First of all, one should note that for the deep state to be effective, it must be intimately associated with the development or pre-existence of a national security state. There must also be a perception that the nation is in peril, justifying extraordinary measures undertaken by brave patriots to preserve life and property of the citizenry. Those measures are generically conservative in nature, intended to protect the status quo with the implication that change is dangerous.
Those requirements certainly prevail in post 9/11 America, and also feed the other essential component of the deep state: that the intervening should work secretly or at least under the radar. Consider for a moment how Washington operates. There is gridlock in Congress and the legislature opposes nearly everything that the White House supports. Nevertheless, certain things happen seemingly without any discussion: Banks are bailed out and corporate interests are protected by law. Huge multi-year defense contracts are approved. Citizens are assassinated by drones, the public is routinely surveilled, people are imprisoned without be charged, military action against “rogue” regimes is authorized, and whistleblowers are punished with prison. The war crimes committed by U.S. troops and contractors on far-flung battlefields, as well as torture and rendition, are rarely investigated and punishment of any kind is rare. America, the warlike predatory capitalist, might be considered a virtual definition of deep state.
One critic describesdeep state as driven by the “Washington Consensus,” a subset of the “American exceptionalism” meme. It is plausible to consider it a post-World War II creation, the end result of the “military industrial complex” that Dwight Eisenhower warned about, but some believe its infrastructure was actually put in place through the passage of the Federal Reserve Act prior to the First World War. Several years after signing the bill, Woodrow Wilson reportedly lamented, “We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.
In truth America’s deep state is, not unlike Turkey’s, a hybrid creature that operates along a New York to Washington axis. Where the Turks engage in criminal activity to fund themselves, the Washington elite instead turns to banksters, lobbyists, and defense contractors, operating much more in the open and, ostensibly, legally. U.S.-style deep state includes all the obvious parties, both public and private, who benefit from the status quo: including key players in the police and intelligence agencies, the military, the treasury and justice departments, and the judiciary. It is structured to materially reward those who play along with the charade, and the glue to accomplish that ultimately comes from Wall Street. “Financial services” might well be considered the epicenter of the entire process. Even though government is needed to implement desired policies, the banksters comprise the truly essential element, capable of providing genuine rewards for compliance. As corporate interests increasingly own the media, little dissent comes from the Fourth Estate as the process plays out, while many of the proliferating Washington think tanks that provide deep state “intellectual” credibility are similarly funded by defense contractors.

revolving door

The cross fertilization that is essential to making the system work takes place through the famous revolving door whereby senior government officials enter the private sector at a high level. In some cases the door revolves a number of times, with officials leaving government before returning to an even more elevated position. Along the way, those select individuals are protected, promoted, and groomed for bigger things. And bigger things do occur that justify the considerable costs, to include bank bailouts, tax breaks, and resistance to legislation that would regulate Wall Street, political donors, and lobbyists. The senior government officials, ex-generals, and high level intelligence operatives who participate find themselves with multi-million dollar homes in which to spend their retirement years, cushioned by a tidy pile of investments.
America’s deep state is completely corrupt: it exists to sell out the public interest, and includes both major political parties as well as government officials. Politicians like the Clintons who leave the White House “broke” and accumulate $100 million in a few years exemplify how it rewards. A bloated Pentagon churns out hundreds of unneeded flag officers who receive munificent pensions and benefits for the rest of their lives. And no one is punished, ever. Disgraced former general and CIA Director David Petraeus is now a partner at the KKR private equity firm, even though he knows nothing about financial services. More recently, former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell has become a Senior Counselor at Beacon Global Strategies. Both are being rewarded for their loyalty to the system and for providing current access to their replacements in government.
What makes the deep state so successful? It wins no matter who is in power, by creating bipartisan-supported money pits within the system. Monetizing the completely unnecessary and hideously expensive global war on terror benefits the senior government officials, beltway industries, and financial services that feed off it. Because it is essential to keep the money flowing, the deep state persists in promoting policies that make no sense, to include the unwinnable wars currently enjoying marquee status in Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan. The deep state knows that a fearful public will buy its product and does not even have to make much of an effort to sell it.
Of course I know that the United States of America is not Turkey. But there are lessons to be learned from its example of how a democracy can be subverted by particular interests hiding behind the mask of patriotism. Ordinary Americans frequently ask why politicians and government officials appear to be so obtuse, rarely recognizing what is actually occurring in the country. That is partly due to the fact that the political class lives in a bubble of its own creation, but it might also be because many of America’s leaders actually accept that there is an unelected, unappointed, and unaccountable presence within the system that actually manages what is taking place behind the scenes. That would be the American deep state.

See also “America’s Bipartisan Ruling Class vs. the People.”

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Steven Broiles
5 years ago

Great article. It looks as if the problem is insoluble. It looks as if we are in the corporate fascistocracy that Mussolini could only dream of. Eisenhower warned us of “the military-industrial complex.” Politicians of both parties are corporate spokesmen. I don’t see any solution. Or, more precisely, I don’t think any solution is possible until we issue real currency and abolish the Federal Reserve. And the article closely parallels another problem that is rearing its ugly head: In much the same way, it really is not possible to vote pro-life anymore, given insider deals we’ll never hear about. We… Read more »


If I may? On Global Governance, they do well to call us Sedition because in fact we are. The sedition we willfully admit to being guilty of is committed not at the former Government of The United States. How may one be guilty of sedition against a non-existent state? We are fully aware there are those that still believe there is a fully, independent functioning federal government. Global Governance has for intentional purposes already arrived with most Americans still living in the fairytale land their minds defense mechanism keeps them trapped. A government of the United States of America does… Read more »

Steven Broiles
5 years ago

It’s been said that there are no governments, only banks and corporations. In this sense, you’re absolutely right.


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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Been Shouting This From The Ramparts for Years!

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

I don’t see how it can be stated any better than that.
Thank you

5 years ago

This does also tie together with democracy, yep I said democracy. I say this because democracy is not de facto “good”… because democracy is “rule by the people” ostensibly, what if the people have been made stupid, perverse, and amoral by an anti-christian system, what then will democracy produce when the majority of people are such? Not something anyone wants, to be sure. Past behavior of government and the agencies associated with them, at least in the U.S. has demonstrated a constant drive away from all Christian principles where possible, only keeping the nominal “churchian” things where applicable or exploitable.… Read more »

4 years ago

I just listened to a newly posted interview and conversation between guest Jay Dyer and host Tim Kelly about Dyer’s upcoming book based on Carol Quigley’s book, Tragedy and Hope. These two men are extremely knowledgable about history and the NWO. The tape is 1:42 minutes but a fascinating discussion. After listening to Tim Kelly’s various interviews, I am much more knowledgable about the powers that be.
from the thkelly67 youtube channel
Jay Dyer on Tragedy & Hope: Banksters’ Scams, Revolutions, War and more
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Tim Shey
1 year ago

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