|"What Shadow Government Dredd?"|
In the years since then Dredd Blog has done a lot of research then provided it to regular readers as well as infrequent readers.
The Dredd Blog series of late, which is probably closest to the original question of a shadow government, is likely to be the series containing the posts about the notion of "epigovernment" (Epigovernment: The New Model - 3, Epigovernment: The New Model - 2, and Epigovernment: The New Model; but see also MOMCOM: The Private Parts through MOMCOM: The Private Parts - 5).
The ultimate nickname for that shadow government we now know is Oil-Qaeda (Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment, Oil-Qaeda: The Deadliest Parasite Of Civilization).
This reality has been uncovered in the latest revelations that the military NSA has been spying on all Americans, all Brits, and the world (see The Queens of Stalingrad - 2, A Tale of Coup Cities - 4, and ACLU vs. Clapper, Alexander, Hagel, Holder, and Mueller - 3).
The British press is scared silly of Oil-Qaeda:
Guardian editors on Tuesday revealed why and how the newspaper destroyed computer hard drives containing copies of some of the secret files leaked by Edward Snowden.(NSA files destroyed by Guardian). The shadow government must have informed the Guardian journalists of things that go boom in the night, and other shadow stuff we are not privy to.
The decision was taken after a threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the extent of American and British government surveillance revealed by the documents.
It resulted in one of the stranger episodes in the history of digital-age journalism. On Saturday 20 July, in a deserted basement of the Guardian's King's Cross offices, a senior editor and a Guardian computer expert used angle grinders and other tools to pulverise the hard drives and memory chips on which the encrypted files had been stored.
Anyway, we learn as we go, but for comparison's sake, here is the text from the previous post in this series in 2009:
We have been taught or indoctrinated into the notion that we are not permitted, in good company, to think about "conspiracy theories" because that is wacko and not sufficiently patriotic.
But in the political science context we are allowed, in good company, to think about political movements and the notions, ideologies, and political perspectives and power they have or do not have, without being wackos.
So, being a compliant citizen, I want to address the subject of a "shadow government" as a political science matter in the same context that the scientific community deals with the subject of "shadow matter" or "dark matter".
See Heretics Deny The Dark Matter of Faith for the preliminary scientific discussion, and Is There A Shadow Government for the preliminary political discussion.
After reading those posts, one can see that both of these dark matters could be considered to be "movements" within the cosmology field and within the political science field, rather than being conspiracies.
The notion of a shadow government, as a movement which would influence our government substantially, was the hypothesis of General and later President Eisenhower, who was echoing the earlier warnings of our Fourth President, James Madison.
We could say, then, that the political dark matter is a much more ancient concept than the cosmological dark matter is.
The dark matter that Eisenhower and Madison gave voice to was the hypothesis that military and big business would form an unconscious, natural alliance which would prove to be such a great influence that it effectively would be the controlling factor in what the United States government did and didn't do.
It would replace the constitutional form of government of, by, and for the people with its own influence to satisfy its own desires and needs.
If such a political science hypothesis were to be analysed by looking for evidence that it had or had not happened, so as to prove or disprove the hypothesis, even the most inexperienced political scientist would look for influences upon the president, the congress, the judiciary, and the press (whose duty it is to tell the U.S. public what is going on).
But what influences would any such political scientist look for?
The article cited to above points out that the cosmology scientists have not been able to find any evidence of dark matter, so faith is their mainstay, but what about the political scientists?
What would be evidence to support or prove that what Eisenhower and Madison revealed as factors of a shadow government had actually taken place?
Eisenhower mentioned that he was cautioning that "the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists".
One of the factors to look for is "misplaced power", that is, power being exercised by those it should not rest in, that is, being exercised by the military and by business associated with the military to the demise of the people's power.
An article at Huffington Post argues that on the business side it has happened already, but what about the military side?
The book Fortress America, by William Greider, 1998, observes the U.S. military in these terms:
Until more money arrives, the defense apparatus is literally feeding on its own parts, pinching this and that, scrimping here and there, in order to keep the same Cold War force structure in place and the same lineup of new weapons moving through the pipeline of development. During the Cold War era, the military institution acquired a reflexive appetite for growth that it's now unwilling to give up. Instead, it lumbers toward a self-induced crisis of malnourishment, as when an addict's starving body eats its own liver.(see Fortress America NY Times, 3rd World Traveler, emphasis added). The author observed the military being an addict, which is synonymous with dangerous and aberrant behavior.
Within a very short time after the book was published came 9/11 followed by the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
The drug of war became the salvation of the military and the weapons industry.
If the critics are correct that the Iraq war had to do with the U.S. addiction to oil, then, we can conclude that the perfect storm did happen, the shadow government took over, and it is here to stay.
War worship is now the spirit of America, even though James Madison said it is our worst enemy.