or more precisely the Military Intelligence Complex that runs it,
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Eisenhower famously referred to the Military Industrial Complex in his outgoing speech, but these days, the dark heart of the Deep State or Shadow Government would better be called the Military Intelligence Complex.
The Matrix or entrenched system that surrounds us cannot change with the election of Trump or a new leader, unless many determined steps are taken to dismantle the sprawling MIC monster.
The MIC has unprecedented and highly consolidated power in its hands that comes from monitoring, surveilling and spying upon almost every person in the world.
Even when it is challenged, the executive branch of the US Government (to protect the MIC) invokes state secrets privilege to prevent legal cases being heard in court.
What is the State Secrets Privilege?
First of all to definitions - what exactly is state secrets privilege?
The Center for Constitutional Rights defines it as follows:
Like common law itself as used in the US, Australia, Canada and other culturally similar nations, the state secrets privilege actually originates in England.
The law allowed the monarch (similar to the US executive branch) the privilege of refusing to share information with Parliament (similar to the US legislative branch) or the courts (the judicial branch).
Slowly but surely, the US executive branch, especially during the administration of George W. Bush (Boy Bush), has asserted this privilege more and more to cover up information it doesn't want exposed.
I say the executive branch but what is really driving this is the MIC.
With state secrets privilege, the intelligence community can prevent any investigation into sensitive issues, halt disclosure of pertinent information in an investigation and stop any lawsuits it wants to quash.
Setting a Precedent - United States vs. Reynolds
Trevor Paglen is an author and researcher who studies the black sites and black ops of the MIC.
His book Blank Spots on the Map - The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World exposes a lot of the geographical black locations and operations of the US military - and the concomitant legal opinions and rulings which go hand in hand with it.
Each black site has a certain geography and legality to it, and sometimes, in order to get what it wants, the US Government has to go black and off the map to achieve its secret goals.
When the B-29 crashed, the USAF was in the final stages of conducting Project Banshee, an operation to, among other things, convert bombers into unmanned drones.
Several people were killed in the crash but it didn't want the info about the project to get out.
The dead men's widows hired lawyers to take the government to court in 1953. The USAF invoked the state secrets privilege. The judge said okay, then give me the document so I can personally review it. No, said the Air Force.
The government lawyer Thomas Curtin said,
The state secrets privilege - give 'em an inch, they take a mile.
Legalized Executive Secrecy = Lack of Accountability = More Executive Power
The judge didn't agree with the contention of the executive branch, and ruled in favor of the widows.
The case was appealed and a higher court concurred with the lower court's opinion. However, once more the case was appealed and went all the way to the Supreme Court.
As Paglen writes:
Chief Vinson delivered a verdict that overturned the decision of the lower courts and handed massive power to the executive branch:
Bush, Cheney, Neocons and Co. Run Away with Unchecked Executive Power
The MIC was setup in the aftermath of World War 2.
There were several key steps or decisions, such as Truman,
The Supreme Court ruling on the Reynolds case, enthroning the principle of the state secrets privilege, added to all this in 1953.
After the false flag attack of 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror, the MIC gained even more power, aided by the Boy Bush Administration which was happy to skirt the law in numerous ways, including overseeing the proliferation of,
Guantanamo Bay, still not closed, was chosen as one of the sites deliberately because it's in a legal no man's land, in between full possession of the US and Cuba, without the constitutional protections afforded to people living in the US (or Cuba).
The prisoners there didn't even have the ability to claim habeas corpus, an old legal remedy which usually allows a person to be released unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.
In short, the US, the MIC and all its minions created off-map zones where they could do whatever the f*ck they wanted - with no oversight and zero accountability.
Once more from Paglen:
You Don't Have Need to Know
The state secrets privilege is a manifestation of the larger arrogance shown by tyranny.
And, if you do know, then you better keep it to yourself… or else.
Obama was the king of punishing whistleblowers severely. The US Government has become a master at intimidating and silencing whistleblowers through various means.
As former CIA Officer Kevin Shipp attests:
Those truly interested in freedom need to put their attention on the MIC and its mechanisms.
Focusing too much on puppet politicians who come and go every 4 years or so is not going to change the underlying fabric of society - which is now bending towards tyranny...