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Patrick L. Smith
Salon
May 25, 2014

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... I term it “the silent coup.” The thought comes as a question, not a thesis. Has our great country undergone a shift in power such that those at the very top of our defense, intelligence and security apparatuses are beyond civilian control and act autonomously in our names? Has “of the people, by the people, for the people” been replaced by “to the people?” Add to this list the senior echelons of management at corporations whose operations relate to these functions of government, and you have the question in full.

Shortened version of the above: Who is in charge in this country now, whose fingers are on the levers, and in the service of whom? ...

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If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

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Really surprised that Salon ran this.
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When Eisenhower delivered his famous military-industrial complex speech, three days before he left office in 1961, it was assumed that he had issued Americans a warning, a call to vigilance. Not so. Andrew Bacevich, the former Army officer who now writes incisively of the world he left behind, did some work in the Eisenhower archives and afterward asserted that Ike’s subtle intent was to describe to Americans what had already taken place.


Mr. Bacevich may be right, I'm not sure.

See what you think:

Full Farewell Address:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gahL5j4ack" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gahL5j4ack</a>



Military Industrial Complex extract:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY</a>



Some background commentary:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg-jvHynP9Y" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg-jvHynP9Y</a>




(A very good article, raises some interesting questions, thanks for posting.)


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