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On September 15, I participated in a panel on "Exposing the Deep State," hosted by Judicial Watch. Former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka, the Washington Examiner's Todd Shepherd, JW's James Peterson, and I all delivered approximately 7-minute statements after which JW's lead investigator, Chris Farrell, moderated a discussion. My written statement is here.

Not sure how much "Deep State" we were able to expose in one hour, although one thing that opened up was a bright shaft of daylight between my own and Sebastian Gorka's approaches to the whole concept. To wit, Sebastian began his discussion seemingly negating the effort, "Exposing the...

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Below is my prepared text for the Judicial Watch panel, "Exposing the Deep State," September 15, 2017, which I participated in along with, from left to right, Todd Shepherd of the Washington Examiner, former White House official Sebastian Gorka, moderator and Judicial Watch chief investigator Chris Farrell, and Judicial Watch attorney James Peterson. 

This text is pretty close to the statement as delivered (and pretty close to the allotted seven minutes) and may be watched here.

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I find the "Deep State" a little hard to discuss because the term itself is amorphous. 

When I think of "Deep State" I think of unconstitutional powers exercised by numerous illegitimate branchlets of government way outside the “balance of powers.” 

By the way, there...

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Gates of Vienna has republished Fjordman's long and flowing answer to a series of questions posed by The Apricity as an "interview." I would call it an exceptional memoir of the counter-jihad by a superlative European commentator.

Originally, I planned to offer some excerpts below with a link to the complete version; however, I have ended up reposting most of the essay with my own subheads and emphases added. The complete version, plus endnotes, is here at GoV. 

Fjordman's discussion begins with biographical background, including the Norwegian writer's studies and work in the Middle East in his...

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President Trump and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres 

UPDATE: Listen to Frank Gaffney and me discuss the Trump UN speech here, including why it is that "America First" and "American Exceptionalism" are completely separate concepts. 

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If I had to pick a title, I might call President Trump's 2017 UN address, "Something for Everyone."

For example, Trump supporters heard the words "America first" and "sovereignty" and glowed. Trump haters heard the word "sovereignty" and "American interests above all else" and ignited. So consumed were many by their own respective basking and bonfires, they failed to realize that no matter how many times Trump dropped the word "sovereignty," it was sometimes in sentences like this: "We must reject threats to...

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Harry Truman in the Washington Post on December 22, 1963

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Yesterday, I participated in an interesting panel discussion about "Exposing the Deep State." It was hosted by Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch and you can watch it here.

Needless to say, one hour is not enough to expose the "Deep State" -- particularly doing so as an observer, no matter how interested, on the outside looking in. Without whistleblowers (defectors?) galore, us civilians will always be left groping.

We can and should, however, round up the clues to its beginnings, which are surely to be found in the exponential expansion of the federal government under FDR. In his four terms, FDR and then Truman, would preside over the massive expansion of a federal workforce that included hundreds if not thousands of Soviet agents, Communists and their supporters, working all over the government, from the White House to the KGB-honeycombed wartime agencies that would soon be reconstituted as the CIA. Some were identified and bounced. According to reliable defector testimony, however, only one ring out of four was unmasked. And there may well have been more than that.

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