Continuing in the “hey, go read this while I’m working on something else” vein, check out Elias Isquith’s interview at Salon with Mike Lofgren. Lofgren is a former Republican staffer on Capitol Hill who’s just written a book called The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government. We talk about the “deep state” as it refers to the military-intelligence apparatus in places like Turkey or Egypt, but Lofgren’s argument is that we’ve got one right here at home:
What are the key institutions and players within the deep state?
The key institutions are exactly what people would think they are. The military-industrial complex; the Pentagon and all their contractors (but also, now, our entire homeland security apparatus); the Department of Treasury; the Justice Department; certain courts, like the southern district of Manhattan, and the eastern district of Virginia; the FISA courts. And you got this kind of rump Congress that consists of certain people in the leadership, defense and intelligence committees who kind of know what’s going on. The rest of Congress doesn’t really know or care; they’re too busy looking about the next election.
So that’s the governmental aspect. What about in the private sector?
You’ve got Wall Street. Many of these people — whether it is David Petraeus … or someone like [Bill] Daley, who is the former chief of staff to President Obama … or Hank Paulson, who came from Goldman Sachs to become Treasury Secretary and bailed out Wall Street in 2008; or the people that Obama chose to be Treasury secretary — like Tim Geithner. They all have that Wall Street connection.
And the third thing now is Silicon Valley.
Your mileage may vary of course, but I may check Lofgren’s book out. His argument certainly dovetails pretty well with something I wrote about earlier today.
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