Peter Dale Scott: The American Deep State_ on Anti-War Progressive Teach-in

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Peter Dale Scott: The American Deep State

Wall Street, Big Oil and the Attack on U.S. Democracy

Professor Peter Dale Scott is a Canadian-born former diplomat, and retired Professor of Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books and articles on state terrorism, surveillance, drug-dealing by the CIA, and political assassinations.

His most recent book, The American Deep State, October 2014 by Rowman & Littlefield, makes a compelling case for a hidden deep state that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. The deep state is a second order of government, behind the public or constitutional state, that has grown considerably stronger since World War II. Peter Dale Scott cites convincing evidence that the deep state is partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, but it also includes private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC, to which 70 percent of intelligence budgets are outsourced. Behind these public and private institutions is the traditional influence of Wall Street bankers and lawyers, allied with international oil companies beyond the reach of domestic law.

There was a heavy rainstorm and flooding in the forecast for November 9 but a group of friends and colleagues were undaunted and came to the opening party for Peter Dale Scott’s 2014 book on the Deep State, published by Rowman & Littlefield. We met in the poetry room of the historic City Lights bookstore and publishing house in San Francisco’s North Beach.

In Part ONE Professor Scott spoke about the hidden deep state that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. In this lively Q and A session Scott answers a wide range of questions. Among them: Has Obama fostered the interests of the Deep State or has he also tried to push back – only to be foiled? Please comment on voter suppression and American Democracy. Is there a difference between the interests of the Deep State and the Empire? What are the connections between Deep State ideas and the increasing power of corporations in America, and the role of the media.

Recorded on November 9, 2014, at City Lights book store and publishing house in San Francisco’s North Beach.

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