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The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy (War and Peace Library)

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We are living under a government that in certain respects is increasingly lawless and out of control' Scott writes in his latest examination of the alleged underbelly of the U.S. Government. The milieu he shows is rife with shady business deals with the Mafia, as well as terrorists and the countries that harbor them, while encouraging war and eroding personal liberties, all with the stated goal of protecting the country. Scott argues for the existence of what are essentially two governments–the one we’re familiar with and the 'deep state,' actually running things. In this telling, the latter has been in the works for some time, under the auspices of the need to keep the government running in the event of a major attack or national disaster. Skeptics will be quick to dismiss Scott as a tinfoil-hatted loon looking for conspiracies and collusion under every rock, but the volume of his cited sources begs to differ, suggesting that our current political climate truly is a toxic one in dire need of fixing. He offers a handful of suggestions for doing exactly this in the closing pages of this alarming and thought-provoking work. (Publishers Weekly)

Peter Dale Scott unveils the hidden springs of American politics in his book . . . a disturbing investigation [that] revisits the history of the war against terrorism. . . . [He] explains the development, in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, of ‘projects envisaged long before by a restricted circle of senior American authorities’—intervention in Iraq, a new zone of influence in Central Asia, the Patriot Act. . . . Scott explains why the Bush Administration classified the section of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on 9/11 dealing with Saudi officials, the same who today would play with the sorcerer’s apprentices in Iraq and Syria. (Paris Match)

Scott provides convincing evidence that the deep state is partially institutionalized in intelligence agencies such as the CIA and the NSA, which are not accountable, as well as in private companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC. (Miradas al Sur)

Scott makes some cautiously positive noises at the end of this terrific book about the possibilities of mass action to affect the changes. (Lobster)

Once again Peter Dale Scott illuminates the workings of the American deep state in this fascinating and seminal study of how and why the country's foreign policy has gone off the rails and is even destroying democracy at home. This indispensable book is brilliantly researched and reasoned, persuading us that we cannot hope to save the republic unless we look far enough beneath the surface to observe the hidden dark forces that have been long calling the shots, most dramatically and dangerously since 9/11. (Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University)

When the authentic intellectual history of our era is written, Peter Dale Scott will be honored for his insight and honesty. In The American Deep State, Scott again sees reality precisely, brilliantly, and with courageous integrity, warning us once more against lethal illusions. This is one of the most important books of our time. (Roger Morris, author of Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician)

TheAmerican Deep State encapsulates Peter Dale Scott’s decades-long research into the hidden aspects of American deep politics. The result is an unparalleled perspective on the real system of U.S. governance. His analysis is meticulous, masterful, and brilliant. (Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers)

Peter Dale Scott is our most provocative scholar of American power. Scott picks up where the pioneering C. Wright Mills left off, shining a light on the dark labyrinth of power—a shadow world that has only grown more arrogant and wedded to state violence since the days of the ‘power elite’ and the ‘military-industrial complex.’ There is no way to understand how power really operates without daring to follow Scott’s illuminating path through The American Deep State. (David Talbot, Founder of Salon)

Peter Dale Scott has pioneered the systematic study of the national security state and its hidden impacts on all areas of foreign and domestic policy. With this new book, Scott outdoes himself with a truly comprehensive birds-eye analysis of the increasing encroachment of the unaccountable 'deep state' into democratic politics through the postwar period until today, offering a window into a grim future if business-as-usual continues. This is a brilliant, incisive, must-read work for anyone who wants to understand the interplay between global capitalism, national security, and the dubious agendas of the most powerful yet secretive agencies of national governments and the complex network of vested criminal and corporate interests that drive them. (Nafeez Ahmed, investigative journalist, the Guardian)

Peter Dale Scott digs deep into every aspect of Orwellian homeland security—from warrantless surveillance to warrantless detention and martial law, showing how the US government and military have become permanently involved in law enforcement. This system of secrecy—or secret government—is essentially the ‘deep state,’ the real, powerful layer that overshadows an open government. Yet public institutions account for just one level of the deep state. They also derive their power from key connections outside government—as in the case of the CIA, very much rooted in Wall Street. Scott also shows how their power has expanded as the deep state went more and more multinational, in parallel to the expansion of major multinational corporations. Orwellian? No: more like political realism. It's all here. An absolute must read. (Pepe Escobar, roving correspondent for Asia Times and author of Empire of Chaos)

In this excellent book, Peter Dale Scott shows how U.S. restrictions on its intelligence services made the American deep state fuse with a foreign service to operate from outside the United States. Saudi oil and U.S. weapons deals formed a special relationship. Scott argues that the American deep state has always been linked to Wall Street bankers and Big Oil with former CIA Director Allan Dulles as the archetype, who looked at the elected political leaders as narrow-minded nationalists unable to run global politics. (Ola Tunander, Peace Research Institute Oslo)

Fascinating and important. . . . An astonishing book and very well documented (with thousands of footnotes to corroborate and prove everything that the author describes and analyzes). . . . Fundamental for understanding what is happening around us, our political disempowerment . . . and the more and more inevitable imperialist wars. (Étienne Chouard, French author and activist)

This provocative book makes a compelling case for an American deep state. Peter Dale Scott marshals convincing evidence that this second, hidden order of government is partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, as well as in private intelligence corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton. When the traditional influence of Wall Street and Big Oil and the increased importance of Gulf states are added, the author argues that these powerful interests form a supranational deep state, repeatedly at odds with U.S. policies and interests.

About the Author

Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading political analyst and poet. His books include Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War, and American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (R&L). He has been awarded the Lannan Poetry Award. His website can be found at www.peterdalescott.net.
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Product Details

  • Series: War and Peace Library
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442214244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442214248
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Dale Scott has written many books about the Deep State at work in the U.S. government. Scott depicts American society as structurally and inherently schizophrenic. Just as there is the public government and the deep government, and ordinary events and deep events, there are two dominant forces permeating United States history: One egalitarian, believing in fairness, inclusion, and free expression, and the other militaristic and exclusionary, which is only interested in social control.

According to his thesis, there are two levels of government, one the government the public is familiar with, with a Senate, House of Representatives, a President, which enact laws. The other government operates on a deeper level — thus, the “Deep” State — and consists of the national security apparatus, armed forces, and intelligence agencies. The thesis in Scott’s present book is the glue that binds these desperate forces together — many times in a symbiotic manner — are the monied elements in Wall Street and their interests for acquisition of global resources (oil, etc.), often working with other major capitalistic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Of all of Scott’s books — any one of which are highly recommended — this present release is perhaps the most coherent, cohesive analysis of the different levels of governance at work in our society today.
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Dr. Scott's latest book on the deep state, (the hidden system that actually runs the government) is an outstanding, unparalelled analysis of our broken political system. Meticulously researched and well structured, this book is for everyone who wants to understand how the government is really run and who the major powers actually are. We hear about the "military industrial complex" and the NSA, CIA, and Wall Street. But how are they all related? What does Big Oil have to do with any of this? Scott weaves together an understanding of what is happening in today's world like no other scholar. (There are one hundred pages of notes as well as an extensive index.) Yet Scott is not a complete pessimist about his findings. "The study of history is one of the most effective ways to avoid repeating it." The Epilogue is a poem by Scott, "Greek Theatre: Mario Savio and the Socratic Quest," a magnificent ending to this intellectual triumph.
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One of the most important books in current American history. Everyone who wants to know what's really going on in the country will find many unnerving answers here. Heavily sourced and annotated, this book is full of facts about the unelected Continuance of Government group and the deep state political apparatus that runs the country below the outward elected political leadership. Some content is drier than it needs to be, as if to preemptively dismiss accusations of hyperbole, and some of the book is a hard slog. But the actual primary content is well under 200 pages -- as I said, it is heavily sourced and annotated and documented in appendixes that run for almost as long as the original chapter's content. A must read during this worrisome times.
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This book ties together many lines of inquiry that will be familiar to readers of Peter Dale Scott's other books and finally acknowledges the natural conclusions that Scott had been so reluctant to draw before - for readers like myself who may have felt a little frustrated by Scott's past hesitation to admit the darkest implications of the history he examines, the American Deep State finally advances the arguments to a place that brings a real feeling of relief and satisfaction.
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There is no doubt that Peter Dale Scott’s book is a revelation!

The content of every sentence just explodes in th mind. Every sentence, yes. How could these thing be happening? One asks.

Trust Prof Scott to get to the bottom of so many aspects that many of us have questioned. But the answers he gives are enormous in scope and terrifying.

Just a wonderful read.

Paul Almond
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The term “Deep State” was coined in Turkey and is said to be a system composed of high-level elements within the intelligence services, military, security, judiciary (mentioned in the book are numerous parasitic, syphoning taxpayers $$ agencies like : FEMA, FISA, OEP, WHCA, ASC, AUMF, CACI, CFR, CTC, DEA, DIA, DHS, SAIC, ISI, JSOC, SOCOM, NCA, NPD, NSC, OEP, OPC, on top of the CIA, Pentagon and FBI of course)… the ever-expanding circle of non-governmental insiders from banking, industry and commerce. It can be also described as a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.

I cannot imagine any better writing about last 65 years of dark machinations perpetuated by the above entities of United States. Peter Dale Scott is a long time master analyst and thinker dedicated to this topic. He has been writing since the last 10 years about 'deep' mysterious events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, and are embedded in fact in deep politics. These structural deep events are large enough to affect the whole fabric of society, with “consequences that enlarge covert government, and are subsequently covered up by systematic falsifications in media and internal government records.
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-Ali Mohamed, the man detained and then released by the RCMP. In the 1980s Mohamed trained the CIA-backed mujahedin in Afghanistan. He then trained some of those who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, before arranging for the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Kenya.
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