With the release of the long-awaited Nunes FISA memo, the internet is alight with mentions of Deep State again.
As we here at The Goldwater are always willing to enlighten our reader, here goes.
The easiest explanation is that the ‘Deep State’ is a theory that there is a secret government behind the actual government.
For example: if you are the Chairman of the board of directors of a conglomerate that controls 50 factories in the US which employs 50,000 people, then you can in essence sway power over any US state governor by threatening to close any of those.
That is, in a nutshell, the idea behind the deep state, that there is a ‘puppet master’ behind the government if you will, pulling their strings, telling them which way to vote on any given topic.
It is the theory that Democracy is nothing but a sham and the elected officials you voted for, get told by others what to do.
It popped up at first in 1920 Turkey, when the Ottoman Empire had lost the first world war and a puppet civilian government was installed.
The US started using the term in the 1960s, during a speech by President Eisenhower who warned the nation that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,” and again in 1963 after the Kennedy assassination.
Journalist-historian Max Holland, who’s authored books on Watergate and the Kennedy assassination says: “You’ve got this strange meeting of the crazy left and the crazy right and they’re all onto this Deep State thing, and it’s entered into public parlance.”
“It used to be that crazy conspiracy thinking was mostly kept in one little box labeled JFK assassination, but now it’s everywhere.”
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As we hit the 1980s, the idea dies down again, but when Al Qaida hits the US in 2001, conspiracy theories are abundant and talk of Deep State resurfaces.
Mr. Peter Dale Scott, who authored the 2007 book “The Road to 9/11,” says: “There’s nothing crazy about the idea of the Deep State, of the idea that elites inside and outside the government wield power not assigned to them by the Constitution, irrespective of the will of voters.”
“The way the Trump people are using it may be cartoonish, but the idea isn’t.”