The Path To Total Dictatorship: America's Shadow Government And Its Silent Coup

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system … a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state.... The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government.... This group ... is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”— Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech

Unaffected by elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law.

Say hello to America’s shadow government.

A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.

No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, this shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as recent documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government—also referred to as “The 7th Floor Group”—may well have played a part in who will win the White House this year.

To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

The first shadow government, referred to as COG or Continuity of Government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.” COG is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.

Yet it is the second shadow government—also referred to as the Deep State—that poses the greater threat to freedom right now. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government is the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our government.

The Deep State, which “operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” makes a mockery of elections and the entire concept of a representative government.

So who or what is the Deep State?

It’s the militarized police, which have joined forces with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to establish themselves as a standing army. It’s the fusion centers and spy agencies that have created a surveillance state and turned all of us into suspects. It’s the courthouses and prisons that have allowed corporate profits to take precedence over due process and justice. It’s the military empire with its private contractors and defense industry that is bankrupting the nation. It’s the private sector with its 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.” It’s what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies”: the Department of Defense, the State Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a handful of vital federal trial courts, and members of the defense and intelligence committees.

It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

These are the key players that drive the shadow government.

This is the hidden face of the American police state that will continue long past Election Day.

Just consider some of the key programs and policies advanced by the shadow government that will continue no matter who occupies the Oval Office.

Domestic surveillance. No matter who wins the presidential popularity contest, the National Security Agency (NSA), with its $10.8 billion black ops annual budget, will continue to spy on every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone. Thus, on any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. Local police have been outfitted with a litany of surveillance gear, from license plate readers and cell phone tracking devices to biometric data recorders. Technology now makes it possible for the police to scan passersby in order to detect the contents of their pockets, purses, briefcases, etc. Full-body scanners, which perform virtual strip-searches of Americans traveling by plane, have gone mobile, with roving police vans that peer into vehicles and buildings alike—including homes. Coupled with the nation’s growing network of real-time surveillance cameras and facial recognition software, soon there really will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.


Global spying. The NSA’s massive surveillance network, what the Washington Post refers to as a $500 billion “espionage empire,” will continue to span the globe and target every single person on the planet who uses a phone or a computer. The NSA’s Echelon program intercepts and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax and email message sent anywhere in the world. In addition to carrying out domestic surveillance on peaceful political groups such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and several religious groups, Echelon has also been a keystone in the government’s attempts at political and corporate espionage.


Roving TSA searches. The American taxpayer will continue to get ripped off by government agencies in the dubious name of national security. One of the greatest culprits when it comes to swindling taxpayers has been the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its questionable deployment of and complete mismanagement of millions of dollars’ worth of airport full-body X-ray scanners, punitive patdowns by TSA agents and thefts of travelers’ valuables. Considered essential to national security, TSA programs will continue in airports and at transportation hubs around the country.


USA Patriot Act, NDAA. America’s so-called war on terror, which it has relentlessly pursued since 9/11, will continue to chip away at our freedoms, unravel our Constitution and transform our nation into a battlefield, thanks in large part to such subversive legislation as the USA Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act. These laws completely circumvent the rule of law and the rights of American citizens. In so doing, they re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the U.S. Constitution, is the map by which we navigate life in the United States. These laws will continue to be enforced no matter who gets elected.


Militarized police state. Thanks to federal grant programs allowing the Pentagon to transfer surplus military supplies and weapons to local law enforcement agencies without charge, police forces will continue to be transformed from peace officers into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, will continue to keep the masses corralled, controlled, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.


SWAT team raids. With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans by local police for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties will continue to rise. Nationwide, SWAT teams will continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession.


Domestic drones. The domestic use of drones will continue unabated. As mandated by Congress, there will be 30,000 drones crisscrossing the skies of America by 2020, all part of an industry that could be worth as much as $30 billion per year. These machines, which will be equipped with weapons, will be able to record all activities, using video feeds, heat sensors and radar. An Inspector General report revealed that the Dept. of Justice has already spent nearly $4 million on drones domestically, largely for use by the FBI, with grants for another $1.26 million so police departments and nonprofits can acquire their own drones.


School-to-prison pipeline. The paradigm of abject compliance to the state will continue to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior. School districts will continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court.


Overcriminalization. The government bureaucracy will continue to churn out laws, statutes, codes and regulations that reinforce its powers and value systems and those of the police state and its corporate allies, rendering the rest of us petty criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to this overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal. Consequently, small farmers who dare to make unpasteurized goat cheese and share it with members of their community will continue to have their farms raided.


Privatized Prisons. States will continue to outsource prisons to private corporations, resulting in a cash cow whereby mega-corporations imprison Americans in private prisons in order to make a profit. In exchange for corporations buying and managing public prisons across the country at a supposed savings to the states, the states have to agree to maintain a 90% occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years.


Endless wars. America’s expanding military empire will continue to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

Are you getting the message yet?

The next president, much like the current president and his predecessors, will be little more than a figurehead, a puppet to entertain and distract the populace from what’s really going on.

As Lofgren reveals, this state within a state, “concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” is a “hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”

The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

This is fascism in its most covert form, hiding behind public agencies and private companies to carry out its dirty deeds.

It is a marriage between government bureaucrats and corporate fat cats.

As Lofgren concludes:

[T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change… If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.

In other words, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, as long as government officials—elected and unelected alike—are allowed to operate beyond the reach of the Constitution, the courts and the citizenry, the threat to our freedoms remains undiminished.

So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America's shadow government.

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Some call me Richard Parker's picture

Yep, it goes right back to the Suite 8F group and no doubt way before that. Don't trust these people folks, they're lying to us all.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

SWAT team raids is listed above as an element of the shadow gubmint.

PERSONAL ANECDOTE: Anyone driven by the freeway sign on I-35 southbound in Minnesota near the Iowa border?  Seen the billboards put up in the past month, stating in big block letters, to the effect that 'this area is infected by 'goons' supported by the county sheriff - beware, your rights may be affected'?  This sign was put up by a local small-town small businessman, whose offices were recently raided by a team of feds.  He was furious about the way he and his employees were treated by these, what he calls 'goons', and furious at the sheriff for what he perceived as a lack of support against this treatment.  He also prepared and mailed, at what must have been no smaill expense, a letter on the topic to everyone in the county, describing the raid and asking citizens to keep it in mind when the sheriff runs for re-election....

africoman's picture

The "Little Horn" figure is becoming visible by the day.Literally, little horn power seized the western civilization and now trying everything behind schedule for their tyranny code name NWO.

Nothing new of course.

BTW who is exhibiting the 'little horn' power these days.For non-Christians, you can imagine the dark one.


  1. I$rahell(behind the scene)
  2. U$U$
  3. EU
  4. UK
  5. Vatican(Rome)
  6. All
  7. None




unklemunky's picture

That's funny, but correct me if I'm wrong, does congress not have the power of the purse? And if so, does it not reside in the House of Representatives? And if we the people drive a mandate to not fund said shadow govt, without money does it not dissolve? I believe so. Sounds like a great science fiction book. Don't get me wrong, there is corruption throughout our govt, but not in a coordinated way as explained here. Just like in a large company, everyone is vying for their piece of the pie and protecting their existing turf. But these people, many of them civilians just trying to make a paycheck and keep it, are not all organized with he specific intent of destroying America. We are talking about a bloated disorganized complete disaster of an operation that they fuck up everything they touch. Not sure how you square that. If they have such a great deal, it seems to me they would want to keep it operating seamlessly and invisibly to keep the gravy train going. The fact they are fighting so hard to protect their gig now tells me they are vulnerable and exposed. Lay off of the cable TV and spy novels a little. We have massive amounts of corrupt politicians and corporations sucking the pockets of we the people dry. We are on to them and their days are numbered. Without money they are nothing a a AMA a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

Teknopagan's picture



in other words, they have gotten sloppy.

acheron2016's picture

Every word of this is true.  However it is not, mathematically at least, beyond hope.  IF we elected just a simple majority of honest men to Congress they could fix the entire mess in less than a week.  Unfortunately of course honest men do not run for Congress because they know the game is rigged.

An Andrew Jackson could fix it.  Or even an FDR assuming you could find such a megalomaniac that is not the distillation of pure EVIL!

I believe fixing this mess is too big of a job for Trump.  But he is our last and only hope.  As the article implies we have reached the point where you have to roll the hard-8.

Nunyadambizness's picture

I agree with most of your statement, and wholeheartedly agree with your statement about Andrew Jackson, but couldn't disagree more about FDR.  FDR was a communist at heart, had many communists in his administration, and started the out of control government bureaucracies we have now--I despise him and what he stood for, only slightly less than Woodrow Wilson or Barry Obozo.

Other than that, I do believe a majority of honest men could change the course of the future, but I am reminded of a conversation my father and I had many years ago when discussing the corruption in Congress--when I said something about the corruption he said "I think most people elected have honest and good intentions, but once they're there they end up turning." to which I responded with some comment about being "weak" or lacking a moral compass, and the conversation went something like this: "Son, how long could you hold out?"  "What do you mean?" "How long could you hold out if you could have ANYTHNG you wanted--money, women, anything.  How long?"  At that point I was silent...    We have inherited a corrupt system led by corrupt (and evil) psycopaths who care nothing about liberty--only money and power.  Welcome to the junction of 1984 and Animal Farm.

Stinkbug 1's picture

Good story, thanks.

This points out yet again why we need to find a way to abolish reoresentative government and have a government controlled directly by the people. This might mean breaking down into smaller nation/states, I don't know. But it seems to be the only way to separate money from politics.


Last of the Middle Class's picture

Well, at least you don't have to que up "Hunger Games" to see the effect of total mindless propaganda on a society. All you need now is a chair and a front porch.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

thumbs down for not mentioning the FED

AmandaFawndel's picture

thumbs down for not mentioning the FED IS OWNED BY ashkeNAZI JEWS


Two can play at that game!

koan's picture

As usual you gave groups and organizations that may or may not be the problem, what I want to see are the names of those in control and yet no one can provide this information.
Until you come up with some names, someone that can be researched, doxed, and called out, I say "bullshit".
If you can't do that, all you have is a pile of Rense.

So cough up the info or STFU.

AmandaFawndel's picture

BEN GARRISON comes right out and states in many of his cartoons that the ashke'NAZI JEWS' control the media, the FED and America...



Why do we hide those truthful Garrison cartoons at ZH?


The TRUTH should be SHOUTED from every ROOFTOP!

south40_dreams's picture

I'll get back to you as soon as this episode of the Twilight Zone is over that I seem to be stuck in. It has a career criminal and a circus ringmaster running against each other for president of the USA. The writers went too far on this one, nobody is going to believe that nonsense

conraddobler's picture

A. The coup already happened.

B  It wasn't silent they put a bullet in JFK's head.

That is all.

mary mary's picture

It's the bankers, the FED, the IMF.  "He who makes the fiat, rules by fiat."

Stinkbug 1's picture

Excellent summary. Good to see it listed in one article. Yes, we're the choir here, but such a rarified few.  But once we know what the problems are, we need to be listing, discussing, and implementing concrete solutions.

Just a tidbit on the roving surrveilance now available to our police force...  A friend of mine who owns an antique shop was driving his van to a show to buy inventory. He had lots of cash with him, many thousands, because this is the tinder of choice at those shows.

He was stopped and interrogated by a cop who wanted to know what he was doing with 40k.  The cop knew the Exact amount of cash on board.  My friend wasn't searched or charged with anything, his story was obviously backed up by his credentials, etc.  

But the point is that they can scan for cash.  I wonder if they can scan for gold? 

My other point is that why do we have to justify and explain who we are and where we're going?  It's not like the high desert of oregon is teeming with terrorists. 

Han Cholo's picture

Anyone living in the United States as a citizen is a prisoner. Try leaving the country with all your wealth and re-nouncing your citizenship; the IRS will be all over your ass. You have to PAY the united states to get the hell out of dodge. 

I went to pull money out of my bank a couple weeks back to pay cash for a job I was having done at my home, a measly four grand and I was questioned by the teller in a subvert way and asked to sign a receipt for the withdrawl. This was Citizans Bank. I closed my account right then and there, fuck them and fuck uncle sam.

the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture
the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Oct 25, 2016 8:57 AM

Until there is a legit military-backed coup and they back up the prison buses at Capitol Hill nothing and I mean nothing will really change.


Shadow Government & the Deep State don't control diddly squat since March 10th 2008. Shadow Government & the Deep State have no clue what hit Wall Street in March of 08, and they are completely in the dark with respect to their collective future. They don't know how to stop the controlled demolition of the United States of America & the European Union, and they don't have a fucking clue what they are doing since March of 08. Moreover, both are merely reactionary since 08, and both are reducing their workforce by the thousands each year since 08. They are collectively over their heads in terms of being able to even remotely grasp the Quantum Behavioural Economic destruction that has devastated their control over the population & the state, and they have no clue whatsoever that my boot is firmly crushing their collective necks. The Deep State & Shadow Government have been strategically neutered so that they will continue to fail at everything they put their grubby little criminal hands to until they are eliminated from employment entirely. They will not get to build their corrupt empires into the planned overarching authority that they once thought they would be able to pre-08. In brief, all the bureaucrats in Shadow Government & the Deep State can now lick my balls in deference to my greater intellect & intelligence. Furthermore, I, for one, have outsmarted them to a degree that they will never recoup, or even survive, the coming Quantum Economic Controlled Demolition of the superstructure & architecture that insulated them from detection. They are collectively broke since 08, and the gravy train has ended to be replaced by my proverbial boot kicking them in the face for the remainder of time they have left in their ignorant pathetic little retard sandwich eating lives.


Up yours, CIA, Shadow Government, and Deep Fried State!


Would you like fries with that?

onmail1's picture

<-- Where there is no Dharma

Evil rules

& now trying to destroy the whole world