Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World

By Tom Engelhardt, Glenn Greenwald

In 1964, a e-book entitled The Invisible Government surprised american citizens with its revelations of a becoming international of intelligence businesses taking part in quickly and free round the planet, a mystery govt lodged contained in the one they knew that even the president did not absolutely regulate. virtually part a century later, every thing approximately that "invisible govt" has grown greatly better, extra demanding, and much extra noticeable. In his new booklet, Tom Engelhardt takes in anything new below the solar: what's now not, as within the Sixties, a countrywide protection kingdom, yet an international defense one, struggling with mystery wars that experience became the president into an assassin-in-chief. Shadow Government deals a strong survey of a democracy of the rich that your grandparents do not need recognized.

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No longer wittingly. There are circumstances the place they can inadvertently possibly gather, yet now not wittingly. ” This was once a lie, natural and easy, because the Snowden revelations at the NSA’s amassing of cellphone metadata on all american citizens (including, we will be able to quite deduce, our congressional representatives) might later clarify. Clapper hence apologized in a manner that—were crime on anyone’s mind—would basically were a confession. Congress did not anything, and Clapper is still the director of nationwide intelligence with the “support” of the president. brain you, the above seven different types don’t even keep in mind this sort of warrantless surveillance of usa citizens that are supposed to have positioned anyone in a court docket of legislations, or the ways that quite a few warrior companies overbilled or cheated the govt in its conflict zones, or the methods deepest contractors “ran wild” in those self same zones. Even really low-level crimes by way of minor figures within the nationwide protection kingdom have often now not been criminalized. Take, for instance, the personal surveillance of and cyberstalking of “love interests,” or “LOVEINT,” by way of NSA staff utilizing govt surveillance structures. The NSA claims that at the least one worker used to be “disciplined” for this, yet not anyone was once taken to court docket. a unprecedented exception: a few low-level army figures within the Abu Ghraib scandal have been attempted for his or her abusive activities, convicted, and despatched to detention center, notwithstanding not anyone larger than a colonel was once held liable in court docket for these infamously systematic and arranged acts of torture and abuse. All in all, as with the banks after the meltdown of 2007–2008, even the obvious of nationwide safeguard kingdom crimes appear to fall right into a “too enormous to fail” type. name it “too colossal to penal complex. ” the one crime that time and again makes it out of the investigative section and into court—as with kingdom division intelligence analyst Stephen Kim, military deepest first-class Chelsea Manning, and John Kiriakou—is revealing details the nationwide defense country holds expensive. On that, the Obama management has been fierce and prosecutorial. If this weren’t Washington 2014, yet fairly George Orwell’s novel 1984, then the signal emblazoned at the entrance of the Ministry of Truth—“WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, lack of knowledge IS STRENGTH”—would must be amended so as to add a fourth slogan: wisdom IS CRIME, or maybe even wisdom IS the single CRIME. SIX Why Washington Can’t cease It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the center of Europe to the Kurile Islands within the Pacific, from Siberia to vital Asia. Its nuclear arsenal held forty-five thousand warheads, and its army had 5 million troops lower than fingers. There have been not anything love it in Eurasia because the Mongols conquered China, took elements of vital Asia and the Iranian plateau, and rode into the center East, looting Baghdad. but while the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, by way of some distance the poorer, weaker imperial strength disappeared. after which there has been one. There had by no means been this kind of second: a unmarried kingdom astride the globe and not using a competitor in sight.

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