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Deep State Rising: The Mainstreaming of the Shadow Government by James Corbett

• CorbettReport.Com

The secret team. Whatever it is called, the idea is simple: there is an unelected, unaccountable, largely unknown group behind the facade of the visible government that wields power and works toward long-term agenda goals no matter which political party or puppet politician holds office.

Long the domain of the dreaded "conspiracy theorist" community, the idea has surfaced here and there over the years. The JFK assassination has given rise to many inside accounts and outside exposés of The Secret Team. The Iran-Contra scandal led to a Bill Moyers documentary on The Secret Government that is still worth watching 19 years later. It was even openly acknowledged that a "shadow government" had kicked into operation on 9/11.

But an odd phenomenon has taken place in recent years and intensified in recent months: the idea of a "deep state" or a "shadow government" controlling politics, even in the US, is becoming mainstream.

It has graced the cover of any number of recent books, including "Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry" and "The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government."

It has found its way into the online political media from both the left (Salon) and the right (The American Conservative) ends of the controlled political spectrum.

It has been invoked by mainstream financial analysts to describe the actions of the Federal Reserve.

It has been revisited by Bill Moyers on his website.

It has found its way into the headlines of The Boston Globe ("Vote all you want. The secret government won't change") and the New York Times ("America's 'Establishment' Has Embraced 'Deep States'").

Heck, it has even been talked about on the World Bank's blog.

This onslaught of attention begs the question: why now? Why are so many mainstream outlets suddenly shining a light on something that has barely been acknowledged in the past?

To be sure, some of this recent coverage is a whitewash, as you would expect. The World Bank blog, for instance, pawns the concept off as something to be found in "newish democracies" in "Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and so on," i.e., not in the West. This qualification–that the "deep state" idea is something only to be found in foreign, backwards polities–harkens back to the origins of the phrase. The term "deep state" itself is a translation of a Turkish phrase,derin devlet, that rose to prominence after the Susurluk incident exposed the Turkish secret government and its NATO/Gladio/drug running/terrorist associations. It has become increasingly allowable for opinion makers in the MSM to cite the Turkish or the Egyptian "deep state" as a real phenomenon (or at least a real possibility) while simultaneously deriding the possibility that it exists in the West.