Trump vs. the Deep State
If there had been any doubt that the land of the free and home of the brave is now a totalitarian society, the revelations that its Chief Executive Officer has been spied upon while campaigning for that office and during his brief tenure as president should now be allayed.
Image adapted from the cover of “Deep State #5” – depicting an assassin from the future
President Trump joins the very crowded list of opponents of the American State which includes the Tea Party, tax resistors, non-interventionists, immigration opponents, traditional family advocates, and a host of others who have been spied upon, persecuted and badgered by federal “intelligence” authorities.
While Congress conducted some feeble hearings and investigations of the shenanigans of the US spy agencies during the interminable Obummer Administration, no real action or reform was taken to reign in the eavesdropping and spying by the national security state on American citizens.
Hopefully, the surveillance of President Trump will change his outlook on the US “intelligence community” especially in regard to those courageous souls who have spoken out and risked life and limb to alert the public about their rulers’ nefarious activities.
Edward Snowden should be among the first to receive a pardon while the person who provided him sanctuary from his American persecutors, the reviled Vladimir Putin, should be commended for his noble act, a rarity among world leaders in this democratic age.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has become a disembodied robotic video image now and then beamed onto conference stages from his hideout in Moscow. That should be remedied as soon as possible.
Photo credit: Steven Rosenbaum / Getty Images
President Trump has demonstrated throughout his life loyalty to those who have supported him. He should, therefore, do all in his power to extricate Julian Assange from the Ecuadoran Embassy in Great Britain and provide him with safe conduct to the US or any destination in which the heroic whistleblower prefers.
Without the deluge of Wikileaks during last fall’s presidential contest exposing the massive corruption of the Clintonistas, it is unlikely that Trump would have ever prevailed, never mind winning by an electoral landslide.
Julian Assange looks out from his window at the Ecuadoran embassy in London (the window could use a spot of renovation by the way). He has also become a kind of digital ghost and surely he deserves better. The citizenry at large has to thank him for providing it with revealing peeks behind the curtain and allowing to obtain a better understanding of the true nature of the State (as depressing as it may be).
Photo credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
Ubiquitous Surveillance State
Not only has candidate and President Trump been monitored, but just about every American citizen is under surveillance, the data of which can be used against them at the appropriate time if and when they should challenge the American Leviathan.
NSA whistleblower William Binney confirmed what has been long known in government circles and by those Americans awake to Washington’s tyranny.
Binney confirmed Trump’s suspicion about surveillance to Fox News, “I think the president is absolutely right. His phone calls, everything he did electronically was being monitored.”* He added that, “Everyone’s conversations are being monitored and stored.”
A 2012 interview in which Binney notes that practically every electronic information is monitored and stored by spook agencies these days. The problem is of course that for this to be palatable, one would not only have to trust the current ruling elite, but would also have to trust every future one as well, for all eternity. The only sensible conclusion is that such ubiquitous and comprehensive surveillance is incompatible with a free society.
Ironically, it has been the immense wealth generated by a relatively free market in America that has provided the means for the government to create, expand, and maintain such a sophisticated and dangerous spying apparatus that is now being used on the very people funding it.
That such a situation could emerge under the supposed “checks and balances” of the US Constitution demonstrates again how truly worthless the document is in the protection of individual rights.
The Silver Lining of a Potential Crisis: Deescalation Prospects
While reform of the current system has proven to be futile and without any constitutional restraint, it, unfortunately, will mean that spying and the murderous US empire of which it is a part will continue as long as the economy does not collapse and the dollar retains its world reserve status. A silver lining, therefore, from a dollar crisis, would mean a decline in the US military and security state.
Of course, the demise of the US spy and military establishment will not be a simple process, but will be fraught with tremendous social and political upheaval and more than likely bloodshed as the Deep State will do everything in its power to protect its turf.
While a collapse may be a ways off, it is hoped that the spying on President Trump will move him to rethink his position on the Deep State which wants to sabotage his every move that goes against its interests most notably a potential detente with Russia. Talk of deescalation of American military presence in world affairs is anathema to the powers that be.
Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov – they may not be “model democrats” by Western standards, but surely diplomatic engagement is preferable to military confrontation. Considering some of the members of the current crop of US/ Western allies, it is incomprehensible that certain Deep State factions are so vehemently opposed to a more relaxed working relationship between Russia and the West. Of course if one digs deep enough, one can easily find some of the reasons for this enmity – not surprisingly, none of them have anything to do with the official line fed to the hoi-polloi by the political class and the mainstream media.
In his Inaugural Address, President Trump repeatedly promised to put America first. The nation’s intelligence agencies do not share that vision, but instead owe their allegiance to the New World Order. If the President has not figured this out after having been secretly monitored, there is little hope for the near future.
*Tyler Durden. “Former NSA Whistleblower: ‘Trump Is Absolutely Right, Everything Was Being Monitored.’” Zero Hedge. 3 March 2017.
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Antonius Aquinas is an author, lecturer, a contributor to Acting Man, SGT Report, The Burning Platform, Dollar Collapse, The Daily Coin and Zero Hedge. Contact him at antoniusaquinas[at]gmail[dot]com https://antoniusaquinas.com/.
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