As Peter Tanenbrarum reports in the attached article the “Deep State” really is a concept with which everyday Americans (and Germans and pretty much everyone) should be familiar. The Deep State is after all familiar with them.
(From Acting Man)
Since then, a plethora of NSA and BND-related scandals (BND = Germany’s spook agency “Bundesnachrichtendienst”) has emerged. First it turned out that the BND has been given a list of so-called “selectors” by the NSA, which the agency used to spy extensively on European politicians and industries on behalf of the NSA. In other words, it is alleged that Germany’s BND has apparently carried out political and industrial espionage across Europe on a vast scale on behalf of the US. Let us just say to this that it seems extremely unlikely that any Islamic terrorists are hiding out at the board of directors of Airbus or in Francois Hollande’s or Angela Merkel’s cabinet…
…A week ago, Hans-Georg Maassen, the president of Germany’s “Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution” (another spook agency) brought criminal charges against journalists working for the online publication “Netzpolitik”. Allegedly, the journalists are guilty of treason. Their offense? They reported on the spook bureaucracy’s plans to vastly expand internet surveillance of Germany’s citizens.