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Now in a new edition updated through the unprecedented 2016 presidential election- this provocative book makes a compelling case for a hidden deep state that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott begins by tracing Americas increasing militarization- restrictions on constitutional rights- and income disparity since World War II. With the start of the Cold War- he argues- the U.S. government changed immensely in both function and scope- from protecting and nurturing a relatively isolated country to assuming ever-greater responsibility for controlling world politics in the name of freedom and democracy. This has resulted in both secretive new institutions and a slow but radical change in the American state itself. He argues that central to this historic reversal were seismic national events- ranging from the assassination of President Kennedy to 9/11.Scott marshals compelling evidence that the deep state is now partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA- but it also extends its reach to private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC- to which 70 percent of intelligence budgets are outsourced. Behind these public and private institutions is the influence of Wall Street bankers and lawyers- allied with international oil companies beyond the reach of domestic law. Undoubtedly the political consensus about Americas global role has evolved- but if we want to restore the countrys traditional constitutional framework- it is important to see the role of particular caba... Please click here to ask a question
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