by Nafeez Ahmed
The Trump regime is not operating outside the Deep State, but mobilizing elements within
it to dominate and strengthen it for a new mission.
The Trump regime is not acting to overturn the establishment, but to consolidate it
against a perceived crisis of a wider transnational Deep System.
The Trump regime is not a conservative insurgency against the liberal establishment, but
an act of ideologically constructing the current crisis as a conservative-liberal
battleground, led by a particularly radicalized white nationalist faction of a global
elite. . . .
It would be mistaken to assume that Trump's conflicts with the US intelligence community
mean he is necessarily at odds with the military-industrial complex. On the contrary,
his defense appointees and advisors are embedded across the military-industrial complex.
Trump's education secretary, DeVos, is the sister of Erik Prince, the notorious founder
of disgraced private security firm Blackwater, now known as Academi, which . . .
Virulent white nationalism is another fundamental defining feature of the Trump regime.
Steve Bannon was founding executive chair of Breitbart News, "the platform of the
alt-right" . . .
In 2007, Bannon produced a proposal for a new documentary, 'Destroying the Great Satan:
The Rise of Islamic Facism [sic] in America', which accused various media outlets,
"Universities and the Left", the "American Jewish Community", the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, and the White House as
being "enablers" of a covert mission to establish an "Islamic Republic in the United
Bannon consulted on the proposal with Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on
Terrorism. In 2015, Emerson was described as a "complete idiot" by then Prime Minister
David Cameron for claiming falsely on Fox News that Britain is full of Muslim "no go
zones" . . .
Bannon's list of interviewees for the proposed film is like a Who's Who of far-right
bigotry. Two of the most well known names included Walid Phares, who advised Trump on
his national security team during the presidential campaign, and Robert Spencer. Both
are connected to the Washington DC-based Center for Security Policy (CSP), a far-right
think tank run by former Reagan defense official Frank Gaffney, where they appear
regularly as guests on CSP's 'Secure Freedom' radio podcast run by Gaffney. Phares is
also a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy.
Frank Gaffney's CSP commissioned the original flawed opinion poll that was cited by
Trump to justify his 'Muslim ban' when he first announced it in late 2015. So it's
clearly no coincidence that Kellyanne Conway, the pollster who carried out the flawed
poll, is now Counselor to the President.
Gaffney thus has a significant degree of ideological influence on the Trump regime. He
has appeared at least 34 times on Bannon's Breitbart radio program. His work has also
been cited in speeches by Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor.
Alarmingly, Gaffney has disturbing connections to full-blown neo-Nazi groups across
Europe, such as the Danish People's Party (DPP) and the Vlaams Belang (VB) in Belgium.
But he simultaneously has close ties to the US military-industrial complex. In 2013, CSP
tax records showed that the CSP had received funding from six of America's biggest
aerospace and defense contractors, namely Boeing ($25,000); General Dynamics ($15,000);
Lockheed Martin ($15,000); Northrup Grumman ($5,000); Raytheon ($20,000); and General
Electric ($5,000). The CSP has a particularly close relationship with Boeing, the second
largest defense contractor in the world, which still provides Gaffney's group with
Michael Reilly, who has been Director of Federal Budget and Program Analysis at Boeing
since 2010, was previously Gaffney's Vice President for Operations at the CSP.
These incestuous ties with the US private defense sector comprise one prime reason that
fully 22 officers or advisors of Gaffney's CSP ended up having appointments in the
George W. Bush administration.
Senator Jeff Sessions is Trump's Attorney General. Gaffney's CSP awarded Sessions the
annual 'Keeper of the Flame' award in 2015. Sessions has previously expressed sympathies
for the Ku Klux Klan. He has closely associated with far-right anti-immigrant
organizations founded by John Tanton, a driving force in America's white nationalist
movements. . . .
Trump's administration has been further augmented by a man with especially extensive
ties to the US Deep State: Henry Kissinger. . . .
Robert Parry, "The Neocon Plan for War and More
War," Consortiumnews.com, November 11, 2014
Enver Masud, "TRUMP WON BECAUSE
MAINSTREAM NEWS FAILED," The Wisdom Fund, November 9, 2016