The State Is Big and Deep and Relentless

By David Stockman  |  August 6, 2018

Well it just goes to show
Things are not what they seem

– “Sister Morphine,” Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards

The big headlines drive things like “Russiagate.”

Of course it’s notable, as The New York Times displayed on Page One Sunday morning, that “President Admits Trump Tower Meeting Was Meant to Get Dirt on Clinton.”

Indeed, “recklessness” may do to the Donald what “paranoia” did to Tricky Dick.

Ironically enough, it was exactly 44 years ago yesterday that President Nixon released the famous “Smoking Gun” transcript from White House recordings made June 23, 1972, a week after the bungled and botched Watergate break-in and burglary.

Nixon resigned four days later.

Should it go that way for the Donald – should he not serve out the term he was elected to serve – his personal struggle against the Deep State will be over.

But, for anyone truly concerned with things like the letter as well as the spirit of the Constitution, the fight will continue.

I don’t care what the Donald – or the Donald, Jr., for that matter – knew or didn’t know. Nor am concerned about when he did or did not know it.

There are more lasting matters at issue.

There is a strange type of globalist groupthink that’s come to dominate Imperial Washington. In the simplest terms, it’s a convenient marriage of neocons and liberal interventionists.

You could say it’s fixed, or even “rigged.”

It’s really just “statism” – big and deep, warfare and welfare…

And it’s relentless.

To me, the most chilling thing about the recently released Carter Page FISA application is right at the top:

“The target of this application is Carter W. Page, a U.S. person, and an agent of a foreign power, described in detail below.”

It basically says that if you talk to any foreign government not approved by Imperial Washington about any civilian topic, you can be accused of being a foreign agent, wiretapped, and charged with a crime.

The “detail below” is all about Page’s turns in international energy policy circles. It’s all meetings and forums. And that’s not at all surprising, because that was his academic and business field of endeavor.

In no way, shape, or form does that “detail below” touch on the theft or compromise of military secrets.

And that’s the only justification for our government to spy on its own citizens.

Let’s cut to the chase.

The case against Carter Page is bogus and thin. He had nothing to do with military secrets. Officials of the Obama administration had no excuse whatsoever for wiretapping him.

That’s true even if he had been a paid energy advisor on Vladimir Putin’s personal payroll.

By wantonly infringing upon his constitutional right to free speech at home and abroad, therefore, Obama’s national security team committed the gravest possible assault on American democracy.

They used the vast machinery of the state to meddle in a presidential election for partisan advantage.

It’s a heinous act. It cuts right to the quick of democracy’s survival.

Indeed, the FISA application – slathered in “redactions” as it is – proves that the real meddlers in the 2016 election are its signers.

Their only purpose for the wiretap was to set up a listening post inside Trump Tower. They wanted to spy on higher-ups, possibly even the Donald himself. Their goal was to disrupt the campaign and, ultimately, defeat it.

Spying on a nominee for President of the United States could be justified only by the very gravest evidence that the candidate was a secret agent of a foreign enemy.

It had to be just so. And just so it seems to be…

If it smacks of a Deep State attempt at a preventive coup, that’s because it was.

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