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November 11, 2007

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

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“The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when they can’t win the support of the Congress or the people, creating that unsupervised power so feared by the framers of our Constitution. Just imagine that William Casey’s dream came true. Suppose the enterprise grew into a super-secret, self-financing, self-perpetuating organization. Suppose they decided on their own to assassinate Gorbachev or the leader of white South Africa. Could a President control them and what if he became the enterprise’s public enemy Number One? Who would know? Who would say no?”


I first heard these words during a Mental- Escher Cyberpunk Radio podcast. Out of curiosity, I searched the net and found the source: A PBS broadcast of a Bill Moyers report about a shadow-group who have been secretly influencing American policy and society in the name of “national security.” This show sounds like it was done recently during the Duh’bya regime, but SURPRISE, The Secret Government came out in 1987! It was released just after the Iran-Contra hearings, yet still holds relevance today as our own “government” continues the trend of secrecy in the name of “national security.”

There are two versions of this video out on the net: The full 90-minute version on Google Video and a 20-minute YouTube version. The full version is also available for download via torrent.

If you do a websearch, you will find numerous links to the videos, along with additional information, excerpts of the short version, the short version split into two parts, a book based on the piece (excerpts here), and even theories about who is at least part of “The Secret Government.” You may want to add the phrase “The Constitution in Crisis” or “PBS” when searching to filter out UFO conspiracies.


The Beginning of The End. The downward spiral started with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947, leading to the creation of a National Security Council… and the shadowy secret government of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The CIA was tasked with gathering foreign intelligence, then to take on covert operations in an effort to combat Communism, which America of the time saw a threat. Any hint of communism would be enough to trigger the CIA into action… and in 1953 Iran, they took action. The legitimate leader wanted to nationalize the oil fields, which were run by British companies. But Washington thought this was the first step to communism, so the CIA took action… bribing the army, police, and mobs to drive the Iranian Prime Minister out, and replacing him with the Shah, even training and arming his secret police. This allowed American companies to take control of the oil fields, and the British got screwed.

Seeing their success in Iran, the CIA went on to attempt other coups: Guatemala in 1954 (whose legitimate leader nationalized over a million acres of land over the objections of the United Fruit Company), Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, …practically every hotspot in the world was created by the CIA’s covert actions in the name of “national security.”

Not all of the CIA’s operations can be called successful; the Bay of Pigs, Ayatollah Khomeni, Ten years of Vietnam quagmire, … Yet, the CIA still continues to operate “behind the throne” without any real oversight or restrictions to keep them in check. Even after the fall of communism, the CIA was still in full effect, looking to expand their powers, and looking for any “enemy” to go after.

They would get their wish in 2001. Some say they let the events of 9/11 happen to justify their plans for an American police-surveillance state, and perpetuating the war-driven economy they have come to depend on for the past sixty years.


A rose by any other name… Ironically, the Secret Government may have been outed as early as 1961 by outgoing president Dwight D. Eisenhower in his farewell address:

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Being a former General, Eisenhower was aware of the dangers of a war-driven society and government. But it wouldn’t be until 1975 when the Secret Government/Military-Industrial Complex would be investigated. There, they would learn of such CIA activities as deals with the Mafia, poisons, drugs, and the overthrowing of legitimate governments.

Recently, ZDNet’s Robin Harris blogged about his opinion of net neutrality while creating a new term for the MIC of the information age: the Governmental-Communications complex. He cites Qwest’s CEO’s “legal” problem when he refused to go along with the government’s post-9/11 domestic invasion-of-privacy program.


Who else is part of The Secret Government? While the CIA has been confirmed as a member of the “enterprise”, there has been some speculation (read: conspiracy theories) about who else is part of the shadow sect. One group to consider is FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who have powers via “Executive Orders” like the ability to move entire populations, seize whatever they need or want, and even cancel the Constitution if needed. Here’s what a couple of people found out about FEMA.

There can be others who can considered part of the Secret Government, whether directly or indirectly: AT&T, Apple, The Federal Reserve, the oil companies, the health and drug cartels, the auto industry, the popular media factory, and don’t forget about the Blackwater mercenary corps!


The Power of The Secret Government.

… the secret government had also waged war on the American people. The hearings examined a long train of covert actions at home, from the bugging of Martin Luther King by the FBI under Kennedy and Johnson to gross violations of the law and of civil liberties in the 1970s. They went under code names such as Chaos, Cable Splicer, Garden Plot, and Leprechaun. According to the hearings, the secret government had been given a license to reach, as journalist Theodore White wrote, all the way to every mailbox, every college campus, every telephone, and every home.

Sound familiar yet? Just add the Internet and “every computer.” And it may not even be limited to domestic spying, either. There have been conspiracy theories linking the Secret Government to the assassinations John Kennedy and even Martin Luther King, Jr. If they have the capacity to assassinate or ruin foreign leaders, why not troublesome citizens. As for telling the truth, forget it. As long as they see “enemies” here and abroad, they are going to try to keep their secrets in the name of “national security,” including suppressing the TRUTH and crating a virtual reality for the media and news outlets to spew on the masses (ask Dan Rather).

Imagine the following: Two presidents tell lies. One lies about having an affair with an intern, the other lies about a foreign nation, whose leader may have been installed by the Secret Government, developing nuclear weapons and starts a war that mirrors Vietnam. The adulterous president faces impeachment, while the warmonger president openly violates the Constitution using the “national security” blanket to justify his criminal actions, but is not facing any charges and now wants immunity for his co-conspirators. Secret Government at work? No? Here’s a clue to consider: A lie about a blowjob didn’t kill 4000 American soldiers or thousands of Iraqi citizens.


Can it happen again? You bet it can!

The apparatus of secret power remains intact in a huge White House staff operating in the sanctuary of presidential privilege. George Bush (senior) has already told the National Security Council to take more responsibility for foreign policy which can of course be exercised beyond public scrutiny. And a lot of people in Washington are calling for more secrecy, not less, including more covert actions. This is a system easily corrupted as the public grows indifferent again, and the press is seduced or distracted. So one day, sadly, we are likely to discover once again that while freedom does have enemies in the world it can also be undermined here at home, in the dark, by those posing as its friends.


Those are the closing words of the short version by Bill Moyers. Prophetic? If not, you must have been born recently, or been asleep since 2001.

Just watch the videos, and I won’t blame you if you want to hide in your bunker, or take up arms for a revolution. Remember: No fate but what you make.

This post has been filed under Internet Find, Made for TV, Documentary, News as Cyberpunk by Mr. Roboto.


November 12, 2007

i'm not anti government, the government is anti me. said:

united we stand, divided we will always be. someday people will get off their lazy asses and take a minute from their comfy lives to stand up for the freedoms our founders fought for. when will people open their eyes and realize that these things are not just conspiracies, they are not just crazy babble. it makes me cry to realize that my children have to grow up and probably have to live in a policed state where they can never truly be free. wake up people……..WAKE UP!!!!! FUCK BIG BUISINESS!
you do realize that all it takes is another supposed “TERRORIST ATTACK” for Mr. Bush to declare “marshal law” and there will be no way to get him out of office! (anyone who doesn’t know what marshal law is just do a search and you will see what i am talking about)just to set it straight I AM NOT ANTI GOVERNMENT. i love this country.and i have nothing but the greatest respect for all of the men and women who have fought to protect my freedom. i wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. and anyone who just wants to ignore all of this is selfish. just sit back on your couch, watch some more dancing with the stars, the government made you their bitch. and thats just fine, because i dont need people like you. their are other people who will stand up next to me and fight back. you know a long time ago a bunch of people stood up and fought back against their oppressive government, and we call that “patriotism” today if anyone fights back we call that “terrorism”

Klaw said:

Not to be a nub… but it’s Shah… not Shaw of Iran. :)

November 13, 2007

Hammerjack said:

That’s a great piece of sensationalism you got there on some “news” that’s 20 years old. While I’ll admit the idea of a shadow government is pretty cyberpunk, I don’t think it warrants the fear-mongering that’s filled in your post. I’m not saying that everything’s fine or that you’re a liar, I just think you presented it in such a way that it can’t possibly be taken seriously.

November 14, 2007

Therion said:

Although some of these big conspiracy theories are pretty cyber. You will note that most future stories are based around some people with power behind the throne. “Ghost in the Shell”, aspects of why there are secret replicants in Blade Runner ie Decker, V for Vendetta….. etc etc.

Here’s an excellent Channel 4 Documentary called Suspect Nation. It’s 45 minutes long and will probably make you think twice about visiting London, if not the UK. Being from London, UK I can get away with that insult!

November 16, 2007

caprison said:

Bill Moyers?? That’s not the first person I’d go to for a balanced and honest news report. You might as well be getting your news information from CCTV.

and dude up top… seriously? More people might listen to you if you could be more respectful and try expressing yourself in a more meaningful way than dropping the f-bomb like a comma and to quote you….

“you know a long time ago a bunch of people stood up and fought back against their oppressive government, and we call that “patriotism” today if anyone fights back we call that “terrorism””

…how dare you cheapen what our forefathers did to let us live in a free land. To equate what our founders did with what irresponsible people are doing now is shameful.

Before your so quick to call our government “oppressive” maybe you should do a quick check around the room and look at some other countries. That should give you a better perspective on what oppression really is.

Good Luck.

November 28, 2007

Shillkil said:

caprison is a shill

I suggest to people get your news from the web, and don’t trust anything from a major outlet regarding terrorism, freedom, democracy, world news, politics or polls.

What caprison says about modern patriots being irresponsible and the “how dare you” are classic shill techniques to twist things away from their appropriate perspective. Because when you actually analyze what he’s saying it might as well be patriots = irresponsible people, unless they are from the past.

Remember it is appropriate to say one persons terrorist is anothers freedom fighter!

Comparing our government with “oppressive” regimes is another shill trick to throw thing out of perspective.

What other governments are doing is irrelevant to the police state that usa has becoming in the name of freedom.

The perspective that should be applied to the government of today is in comparison to the government of the previous generation, and through that I can see that the usa is very similar to nazi germany.

What happened to the ideals of freedom and liberty? dunno they got lost in the patriot act? and how orwellian is that, calling an act of oppression patriotism.

patriots = oppressors?

hmmm orwellian dystopia here we are

anyways do your own thinking

And know the disinformationers…. caprison is the second one I have come across in this site…

if you want a real conspiracy you dont need to look any further than the U.S. Federal Reserve. How its funded, owned , created , and run. Look into is all I can say and the whole story reads like a who’s who of conspiracy related people. Rockefeller and Rothschild ( House de) just two name two of them. The old saw about “follow the money” holds true in this hall of mirrors. Good luck.

November 29, 2007

KillBotKiller said:

The “secret” government is a secret no longer. The US political system has been fully converted (thanks to the Bush Crime Family) into a tool on transnational corporations, fully funded by the taxpaying sheeple of the US.

MSM (Main Stream Media) is the propaganda wing
The Military are the enforcers
Congress and the executive are lackies of Big Bussiness
Corporations are the masters

Bow now to Big Oil, Coal, pharma, Liquor, and Tobacco. They are the Crime Bosses of the 21st century

caprison said:

Another classic thing people do when they don’t have any facts to back them up in their argument is to call people names and use scare tactics like comparing the USA to Nazi Germany or patriots = oppressors. It’s sad that you would say something like that to someone whose ancestors survived the Nazi holocaust and knew the true horrors of oppression. I don’t blame you but I don’t need to be lectured on lack perspective from you sir and I’m sure no one else does. I’m sure they are intelligent enough to formulate their own opinion.

Just because you disagree with my opinion I’m a person who spreads disinformation? I suppose that’s your opinion but the statement doesn’t make much sense to me. If I am as disingenuous as you say then my thoughts mean nothing anyways. I’m sorry you feel that way.

I think KillBot is more on it than anything. If you want the truth just follow the money. Times have changed and I think the big evil lies more with the mega corporation complex that motivates the government’s actions. The puppet master is defiantly more dangerous than the puppets.

November 30, 2007

Shillkil said:

Hahaha I apologise that I don’t have any ‘facts’.

My parents survived the Nazi’s smashing their doors down and I suspect that most of my ‘paranoia’ is bred from their experiences.

I believe that when someone tells people what perspective to apply, someone elde may put forward an equally valid and opposite perspective, just to keep it all in perspective.

It’s not that I disagree with your opinion so much as think that what you say is classic disinformation speak.

And one of us is probably looking like an agent provocateur.

caprison said:

I trust your information as being your opinion and not that of outside influences.

We can both be men of integrity.

If I am an agent, they need to start paying me for all this brainwashing I’m trying to do. :)

December 2, 2007

ferchunix said:

Very interesting documentary, it shows us that we don’t have a government in shadow, they do it in front of our faces and we don’t even take notice of it, 1984 is here 20 years later than Orwell imagined,

January 6, 2008

Why Unowhoiam said:

Does Cheney prefer to be refered to as a Richard Bruce or just a Dick. In any case
enjoy the Bohemian G party this july in Cal, I will be serving drinks in my usual support mode. Love and Phishes, Me.

February 9, 2008

slintirreg said:

slintirreg said:

October 21, 2008

Bam Bam Bigalow said:

Just give me ten years. Change is coming.

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