by George Smith, GoldSeek:
Jacob Hornberger has written an engaging ebook — The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State — that exposes a government not found in the Constitution. Hornberger refers to it as a “fourth branch of government having unbelievable powers of invasion, assassination, torture, and fomenting coups and regime-change operations.” But since, as he says, it is untouchable by the three constitutional branches, I think it is more accurate to regard it as an autonomous government acting in the name of the one created by the Constitution.
It’s a government not affected by voting, budget debate, or popular opinion.
It is an Orwellian creature, consisting of the military-industrial establishment and the vast CIA-led intelligence network, justifying its actions on the basis of “national security.” Since it needs vast amounts of funding independent of the legislative process, I would include the Fed in this mix, too.
“National security” trumps everything. As Hornberger points out, the protections detailed in the Constitution — “Due process of law, right to counsel, grand-jury indictments, trial by jury, search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishments, bail, speedy trial” — are subordinate to “national security,” which is never really defined. In practice, “national security” is anything that keeps the national security establishment whole.
We’ve heard World War II described as “the good war.” It was certainly good for the bloated military establishment, which became a permanent fixture in American life, as did the CIA after Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law in 1947. The pretext for the build-up of the national security state was the threat of communism. The Soviet Union, the government’s ally in World War II, was determined to conquer the world, American officials believed. We could no longer afford the luxuries promised in the Constitution. We had to be like them to beat them. And the Soviets were ruthless.
Hornberger, though, rejects the idea that the Soviets were a threat at the end of the war.
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