Some people have questioned whether the Deep State even exists. The reality is that the deep state has existed for a long time. When Lincoln was elected, his cabinet intended to ignore him and rule themselves. They just underestimated him. Our intelligence agencies have always considered themselves above the law. Anyone who ever watched Tora, Tora, Tora saw an example of this. In the movie, there is a separate room in the Pentagon where Japanese diplomatic codes are being captured and decoded. The Type B Cipher Machine, code named Purple, was used by the Japanese foreign office from February 1939 to the end of World War II.
There is one scene in the move where there is a list of people authorized to see the actual decoded messages. At one point, President Roosevelt was crossed off the list. Someone in the military or intelligence community decided at least some White House staff members could not be trusted. They were actually right about that, because Alger Hiss was definitely a Soviet agent and some people believe Harry Hopkins may also have been compromised.
But the point is that intelligence official decided, on their own, when and what they would tell the President of the United States. The United States was also capturing and decoding messages transmitted by the NKVD, KGB and the GRU from 1943 through 1980. This was called the Venona project. It was not declassified until 1995. Following is the NSA website regarding Venona.
Once again the intelligence agencies decided on their own not to give Harry Truman access to the actual decoded documents and they may not have even told him the source of the information. Instead Truman was given executive summaries by J.Edgar Hoover. Truman, unaware of the actual source, and justifiably suspicious of J.Edgar Hoover thought these were exaggerated for political purposes. As a result, he failed to take very necessary action.
While Joseph McCarthy had his faults, he was right about the Soviet influence in our government. Most of the people identified by McCarthy were not on the Venona files, but there clearly was a problem.
If you watch the recent British mini-series “Traitors” the same scenario shows up. This is a fictional account, but based on some things that really did happen. It accurately shows that the intelligence community, from the start, felt they were the true protectors of democracy. Actually, the real power in the movie was a group of unidentified industry tycoons. They considered both the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain to be temporary occupants of their respective offices. They considered themselves to be the legitimate government.
Colonel Ralph Peters admitted this in one of his attempts to criticize Trump.
“Trump is engaged in ‘sedition’ inciting violence against the legitimate government of the United States.”
This explains a lot. Far too many people in our military and our intelligence agencies have forgotten something very important. The President of the United States is elected by the people and they report to him, not vice versa. At various times other Presidents have had the same problem. Most famously was Truman vs McArthur. This does not mean the president is always right, it does mean that there is a reason our commander in chief is a civilian.
President Eisenhower warned against the military industrial complex. He was right. There have always been highly successful business men, military commanders, intelligence agency personal and long term congressional leaders who really believe they and they alone are the legitimate government. That is one reason there are so many RINO republicans who are never-Trumpers.
What is different is that Trump, for the first time, has been willing to take them on. Even Senator Schumer warned him:
New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
Trump has taken on the deep state and he is winning. Most recently he made the decision to charge our strategy in the Middle East. The military and our intelligence agencies consider this to be a major error. So do a lot of RINO Republicans.
But, the American people prefer someone like Donald Trump. When he spoke at a rally about how painful it was for him to write letters to grieving relatives of people killed in military conflict, the crowd went deadly silent. Then when he talked about watching the families meet the aircraft carrying their loved one’s body, the crowd didn’t even breathe. He has repeatedly said, he will do what is necessary to protect our country, but he will not continue endless wars with no real goals and no end in sight.
We are already witnessing a civil war in this country. It not between Democrats and Republicans, it is between the deep state and the President of the United States. As incredible as it may seem, Trump just may pull this off. We will know soon.