Getting to essence of the Deep State

To the editor:

Charles Steinhacker's letter of March 21 argues the existence of the "Deep State" that operates within our federal government, and he does so in a way that is fascinating and convincing. Still, one recognizes that his argument begs clarification, and the impetus for this clarification comes from the implied questions that persist. This is important because unanswered questions are the potential force that drives the reader's need to be informed.

It is not my intention to be harsh with Mr. Steinhacker or to stand in opposition to his letter. On the contrary it is my wish to advance his argument. I will do so by first reminding everybody of the old adage, "A person can be convinced by simply reading one chapter in any given book; but to be informed a person needs to read the whole book."

In this regard, there is always a certain peril that one assumes when attempting to advance from the tautologies, generalizations, and subsequent notions used to convince, towards the documentation, citations and research that are used to inform. We may not like to think of it this way, but there is a mental and physical distress that we must endure if and when we choose to have the misfortune of knowing what is really going on. The alternative is to not know; to bury one's head in the sand.

So in the matter in hand, whence cometh the force that seeks to expose us to this peril? Consider these implied questions:


How exactly does the Deep State manifest itself and what are its nature, its mechanics, and its history? Does the Deep State take orders from the president? Does it dictate to the president, or does it ignore the president? Does it have allegiance to our country, to our laws, and to our democratic principles and beliefs? Or is it a national/international unit — a rogue unit — with its own perspectives, objectives and goals?

More specifically, what is the Deep State's connection to IBM, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust? What is its connection to Richard Nixon and subsequently to General Eisenhower? What is its connection to the Bay of Pigs, the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, the Vietnam War, and to the overthrow of the banana republics in South America? And perhaps the most important question we can ask today: Have we as a people learned anything from the past and have we as a nation evolved and matured?

Two highly respected books whose research sustains Charles Steinhacker's letter regarding the Deep State are "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government" by David Talbot, and "IBM and the Holocaust" by Edwin Black. Both books are available at the Berkshire Atheneaum.

Algird Sunskis, Lanesborough