Berto Jongman: YouTube Deep State Commentaries

Best overview of executive secret power and militarization of government. Is Trump going to end up being Cheney II? Phi Beta Iota: Most if not all “Deep State” commentaries are too limited. They focus on the intersection of the secret intelligence community, the complicit media, and selected military-industrial contractors. The Deep State is vastly larger …

Mike Lofgren: War as a Business Model

Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model. By Mike Lofgren Washington Monthly, March/April/May 2015 EXTRACT The syndrome the Bush administration created in Iraq was what former Pentagon critic Chuck Spinney has called a “self-licking ice cream cone”: the measures to fight the war on terrorism guaranteed more terrorists, which in …

Mike Lofgren: Investigative Commissions as Pretentious Cover-Up — the 9/11 Commission Ten Year On

How to Read a Government Commission Report: An Inquiry Into the 9/11 Commission’s 10th Anniversary Report As an inquiry into the complex subject of international terrorism, the 9/11 Commission’s 10th anniversary reprise is a slipshod farrago of circular argumentation, faulty reasoning and naïve gullibility about the claims of senior officials – but it does serve …

Chuck Spinney: The Lofgren Corollary: The Method Behind the Madness of the Shutdown

It is easy to look at the shutdown and the concomitant chaos in federal government as the product of incompetence and corruption.  But it was a deliberate effort by a vocal congressional minority from safe, cynically gerrymandered, congressional districts to sabotage the functioning of the entire federal government. One would think that a deliberate effort …