The Shadow Government
Copyright © 1994 Constitution Society. Permission is hereby
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It is becoming increasingly apparent to American citizens that
government is no longer being conducted in accordance with the
U.S. Constitution, or, within states, according to state
constitutions. While people have recognized for more than 150
years that the rich and powerful often corrupt individual
officials, or exert undue influence to get legislation passed that
favors their interests, most Americans still cling to the naive
belief that such corruption is exceptional, and that most of the
institutions of society, the courts, the press, and law
enforcement agencies, still largely comply with the Constitution
and the law in important matters. They expect that these
corrupting forces are disunited and in competition with one
another, so that they tend to balance one another.
Mounting evidence makes it clear that the situation is far worse
than most people think, that during the last several decades the
U.S. Constitution has been effectively overthrown, and that it is
now observed only as a façade to deceive and placate the masses.
What has replaced it is what many call the Shadow Government.
It still, for the most part, operates in secret, because its
control is not secure. The exposure of this regime and its
operations must now become a primary duty of citizens who still
believe in the Rule of Law and in the freedoms which this country
is supposed to represent.<1> Transition to Oligarchy
We can identify some critical steps in the overthrow going back
A critical step was the Dick Act of 1903, which repealed the Militia
Act of 1792 and tried to relegate the Constitutional Militia to the
National Guard, under control of what is now the U.S. Defense
Department. The second was the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, which
established a central bank only nominally under the control of the
Further erosion of constitutional governance was motivated by
several challenges which the powerful felt required them to put
aside their differences and unite. The first was the Great
Depression of 1933-1941. That was followed by World War II and the
threat from fascism, followed by the Cold War and the threat from
Soviet imperialism and from communism.
Perhaps the one critical step defies credibility, but cannot be
avoided. UFOs and aliens. Despite the lack of hard evidence
accessible to ordinary citizens, there is enough testimonial
evidence to compel a reasonable person to conclude three things:
UFOs exist, they are intelligently directed, and they are not
ours.<2> Even if that were all that the government knew
about them, minds already paranoid from the Cold War could hardly
help but perceive such things as a significant potential threat,
one that required secrecy, preparation, and disregard for
provisions of a Constitution that were inconvenient. There are,
however, enough leaks from government officials to indicate that
the government knows a great deal about them that it is concealing
from the public.
In a 1947 letter to then president Harry Truman, Gen. Nathan
"[Extraterrestrial visitation] ... was bigger than the Manhattan
Project and required that it be managed on a larger scale and
obviously for a longer period ...they would form nothing less than
a government within the government, sustaining itself from
presidential administration to presidential administration
regardless of whatever political party took power, and ruthlessly
guarding their secrets while evaluating every new bit of
information on flying saucers they received."
That 1947 letter marks perhaps the single date or event that
marks the overthrow.
That was the main beginning of what became the
"military-industrial complex" that Pres. Eisenhower warned about.
The next is the eco-crisis, which combines both the ecological
and economic crises. Many leaders have recognized for a long time
that we are headed for disaster, not a kind of cyclical downturn
like the Great Depression, but an irreversible decline brought
about by a combination of resource depletion, environmental
degradation, and overpopulation, playing out in an anarchic
international system of disparate nation- states, national
currencies, national banks, and multinational corporations,
exacerbated by traditional tribal rivalries, class conflict, and
different languages and religions.<3>
Confronted with the political fact that to deal with the problems
faced in the last half of the 20th century, it was difficult
enough to pass legislation thought to be needed, without having to
also adopt the amendments to the U.S. Constitution necessary to
make such legislation constitutional, it became too easy to just
adopt more and more legislation without worrying about its
constitutionality, and depend on compliant officials and judges to
go along with it, which for the most part, they have done. This
was facilitated by the lack of sufficiently strong protests from
the people, many of whom, ignorant of constitutional rights and
limitations on governmental powers, and focused on the problems to
be solved, supported much of the legislation.<4>
We can also identify several insidious developments which seemed
necessary and harmless at the time, but which led to the present
situation. One was the rise of military and civilian intelligence
organs during World War II. The need to prevent leaks of military
secrets brought a censorship apparatus that gained substantial
control over the flow of information through the press, the
broadcast media, telephonic and telegraphic communications, and
the mail. However, instead of dismantling that apparatus when the
war was over, we immediately transitioned to the Cold War, and the
information control apparatus only went underground and became
somewhat less obtrusive. This led to the present situation in
which the intelligence apparatus maintains effective control over
the major media, can tap anyone's phone without a court order,
reads people's mail, monitors their finances, and gathers
information on citizens and their activities that threatens their
privacy and liberties.
1947 was a critical year. It was the year in which UFOs became a
matter of public concern, and in which it appears we recovered at
least one crashed vehicle and perhaps at least one of its
occupants. It is also the year that the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) was established, ostensibly to bring together the
disparate intelligence agencies that had often been operating at
cross-purposes. It was also the beginning of the use of "black
budgets" for government programs, the existence of which was kept
secret from both the public and most if not all members of
Congress. This led later to the establishment of more agencies,
such as the National Security Agency, whose entire budget was
black, thus preventing effective oversight.
The situation had evolved to the extent that, at the end of
President Eisenhower's second term, he warned in a speech of the
potential danger to our freedoms from a "military-industrial
complex". In fact, by that time, it had become a "intelligence-
military-industrial-financial-political-media- criminal" complex,
which reached into almost every institution in this country, and
into many around the world.
What had developed was beginning to look more and more like the
system of political control that prevailed in the Soviet Union, in
which real decisions of government were made not by the official
organs of government, but by the parallel structure of the
Communist Party, backed by the KGB. In competing with the Soviets,
we had taken on their methods and attributes of political control.
But this apparatus did not seem to function as an effective
Shadow Government, able to make and enforce decisions apart from
the official government, until it came together to assassinate
President John F. Kennedy. That was the watershed event. After
that, too many people had too much to hide to allow the situation
to return to governance as usual.
Since then, the Shadow Government has grown and tried to
strengthen its grip on every sector of the society, motivated in
part by honest concern about the very real threats we have faced,
and in part by venality and greed, which brought increasing
corruption and the effective incorporation of organized crime into
the mainstream of government.
It appears that 1963 is also the year in which the Establishment
Media sector of the Shadow Government was given effective control
over computerized voting in the United States, through its
National Election Service, as part of a deal in which they went
along with the coverup of the Kennedy Assassination through the
Warren Commission. While campaign money continued to buy influence
over elected officials, if it was not sufficient, the Shadow
Government had other options. It put officials in compromising
situations, then used its evidence to blackmail them into
compliance. Failing that, it could easily select the winner of any
election, and suppress the support which third-party candidates
The Shadow Government is broadly classified "above top secret"
under the general rubric of "continuity of government".
Structure and Decisionmaking
A key question about the Shadow Government is how does it make
decisions and carry them out. Where is the center? Some think it
lies in a few major financial institutions. Others that it lies in
the intelligence apparatus. Still others that it has no permanent
center, but operates by consensus, with shifting factions that
confer through various mechanisms. Some think that those
mechanisms are reflected in public associations such as the
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Tri- lateral Commission,
the Bilderbergers, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, or the
International Monetary Fund.<5>
That the key personalities in every major institution should
associate and confer through various associations is not in itself
a matter of concern, if all that was involved was the development
of a consensus. But there is evidence that a centralized
decisionmaking process exists, because too much is done that could
not otherwise occur, and that the process is contemptuous of the
Constitution and increasingly willing to violate it. That suggests
a permanent apparatus, a bureaucracy, and that points to the
intelligence and financial bureaucracies. Therefore, the real
decisions may be made not by public figures, but by faceless
persons operating in secret.
Most available evidence indicates that the center is in the
intelligence apparatus, and that it largely controls all the other
components of the system, including the financial. However, it
also appears that the control is imperfect, subject to resistance
if it tries to go too far.
It also appears that there are some distinct factions involved,
the two major contenders being those more highly motivated persons
concerned about meeting the challenges we face, the other being
the more corrupt ones trying to expand their power and wealth. The
alliance between these factions appears to be increasingly
strained as growing corruption begins to impair the effectiveness
of the institutions of society to meet the perceived challenges.
An analogy might be to a sinking ship, in which some want to
build and equip lifeboats and others who want to make sure they
are the ones who get to go in them. Each needs the other, for the
time being, but the latter are beginning to threaten the
production and seaworthiness of the lifeboats.
What we have is in many ways a classic oligarchy, with multiple
components in an uneasy alliance with one another. No one
individual is paramount, and anyone can be replaced if he gets too
far out of line, by some combination of the others, each of whom
derives his power from the institutions and assets under his
Of course, the ones who get trampled under this regime are the
ordinary people, who receive just enough under the deal to keep
them quiet. The Powers That Be fear above all that the people
might rise up and overthrow them, something that the people could
still do if they could ever act in concert. Social control
therefore becomes a matter of keeping them placated, divided, and
Unfortunately for their scheme, they face the same problem the
Roman Empire did. To keep the people placated, they are forced to
pay them off, and meet increasing demands for such payoffs, while
growth of the productive sector falters, or even shrinks relative
to the population. Economic growth and the solutions to our social
problems are being impaired by the depredations of the corrupt
elements of the Shadow Government, who are concentrating assets in
a way and at a rate that threaten the viability of the economy.
The Romans solved the problem of keeping their citizens supplied
with bread and circuses by predation of outlying provinces. Modern
capitalist nations tried the same thing, but that imperial order
is breaking down, and the only thing left is economic growth. If
that growth falters, the welfare state fails, and with it the
social stability on which the Established Order depends.
Some of the best indications that the Shadow Government is not
centered in the financial sector are the things it has to do to
finance itself. Shadow Government is expensive. We can identify
the main sources of its revenue:
(1) Black budgets. This is the core of its operations,
but is not enough to secure its control over the country and the
(2) Drug trade. It has seized control of the major part
of the illegal traffic in addictive substances, in part by using
the organs of law enforcement to eliminate competition, and by
gaining control of the money and the ways it gets re-introduced
into the economy.
(3) Raiding financial institutions. This is what was
done with the S&Ls, and is being done, more slowly, with the
banks. It involves several aspects: diversion of the funds,
seizure of smaller institutions by a few large ones under Shadow
Government control, with the seizure financed by the taxpayers,
and acquisition under distressed prices of the assets of those
institutions, many of which are well-positioned business
enterprises that give the Shadow Government both control of the
key enterprises in most business sectors and sources of revenue.
The Savings & Loan raid was used to finance a major
expansion of the Shadow Government. However, it is not a method
that can be repeated.
(4) Public authorities. These are quasi- governmental
enterprises that control substantial assets, often
taxpayer-subsidized, without effective accountability. They
include housing, port, energy, water, transportation, and
educational authorities.<6> To this might also be added
various utilities, and both public and publicly-regulated
private monopolies, like local telephone and cable companies.
They are also a major source of government contracts.
(5) Government contracts. Major source of diverted
funds, but must often be shared with others involved.
(6) Arms trade. Another major source of funds, both
direct and diverted. But requires payoffs to local officials.
The problem with secret government is that to remain secret, it
cannot involve too many people who are aware of the situation. The
more that become involved, the greater the chance that some of
them who retain some sense of honor might defect. An occasional
defector can be disabled, killed or discredited, but a flood of
them could be disastrous. That is what brought down the Bolshevik
regime in the Soviet Union.
Shadow control therefore consists largely of the placement of
shadow agents in key positions in all of the institutions that are
to be controlled. Since they cannot reveal their true role, they
are also somewhat constrained in the actions they can take. What
they do has to fit their jobs and not conflict in an obvious way
with the mission of the organization, even if they head it. Some
of the main targeted institutions are the following:
(1) Top and key lower positions in the executive, legislative,
and judicial branches. Key judges, especially presiding judges
who assign cases.
(2) Staff positions under the top positions, such as the
congressional staff members who really run Congress.
(3) Intelligence agencies. The CIA<7>, NSA and various
military intelligence divisions. Among their functions are death
squads that eliminate troublesome persons, although they usually
avoid doing that to more prominent ones. They also have
developed mind control techniques that can be used to mess up
the minds of people they want to discredit or disable.<8>
Actually, almost every department of government has an
intelligence function, and that function is the Shadow
Government's main point of control of the department.
(4) Military organizations, law enforcement, and taxing
agencies, especially the IRS. Not only federal, but also state
and local, at least in the major cities. The IRS and other
agencies are used to harass persons considered troublesome, and
sometimes to prosecute them on trumped up charges, in which
evidence is planted or manufactured and government witnesses
(5) Major banks, insurance companies, pension funds, holding
companies, utilities, public authorities, contractors,
manufacturers, distributors, transport firms, security services,
credit reporting services. Forbidden by law from maintaining
dossiers on citizens not the subject of criminal investigation,
the agencies get around the restriction by using contractors to
maintain the data for them, and have amazingly detailed data on
almost everyone. When you hire one of the major security
services, you are turning over the keys to your premises to the
(6) Major media. Newspapers, magazines, television and radio
stations. Together, they control the National Election Service,
which in turn controls the outcome of computerized
elections.<9> They suppress coverage of certain subjects,
and are the channel for the Shadow Government's propaganda and
disinformation campaigns. A major part of the budget of the CIA
is for film and video production. They aren't making training
(7) Communications networks. Telephone, telegraph, cable and
satellite. The Shadow Government can bug any communication they
wish, without bothering with a court order, and they regularly
monitor dissidents and other key figures. Major holes in their
control here are the Internet and public-key encryption, which
the Shadow Government is trying to suppress. Although the
Internet can be monitored, it cannot be effectively controlled,
and it is emerging as a major threat to Shadow control.
(8) Organized crime. Despite occasional convictions, they are
now mostly treated as a profit center and as the executors of
the dirty jobs. They are also the providers of vices for the
corrupt members of government, which vices are also used to
blackmail and control people.
(9) Education. Universities and public education. Universities
are the least effectively controlled components, but still
important, largely for recruitment. Main aim here is to divert
student activists into unproductive channels, or to get students
so involved in careerism that they ignore the important issues.
(10) Civic, political, and labor organizations. The two major
political parties. Political action committees. League of Women
Voters. Trade and professional associations, such as the
American Bar Association and the American Medical Association.
(11) International organizations. The United Nations, NATO, the
IMF. Multinational corporations.
(12) Governmental and nongovernmental institutions of other
countries. We are doing many of the same things there that are
being done in the United States, especially in the more advanced
Concentration of Power
A major aim of Shadow Government control has been to bring most
of the assets and revenues of the economy under the control of
fewer and fewer people. Part of this is causing the failure of
smaller organizations and the absorption of them by a few large
chains. This is being done with banks and other financial
institutions, newspapers and magazines, television and radio
stations, agriculture and mining producers, distributors and
retailers, computer manufacturers, energy and chemical companies,
medical providers, and pharmaceutical companies. Anti-trust
enforcement has been weak, used only in a few sectors, and then
only after major concentrations of economic power has already been
The process goes beyond normal tendencies toward monopoly or
restraint of trade, or the economies of scale that support the old
adage that "the rich get richer". It is an attempt to consolidate
political control. The result has been for a smaller and smaller
proportion of the population to control a larger and larger
proportion of the assets and revenues of the economy, while the
middle class shrinks. We are moving away from the original model
of the universal middle class, and toward a third-world model of a
small upper class and a large poor class, with a small middle
class that mainly serve as minions of the rich.
The Shadow Plan
The Shadow Government appears to be operating according to some
plan. Many commentators have dubbed this plan the "New World
Order", suggested by the use of that phrase in a speech by George
Bush, referring to the state of affairs following the end of the
Cold War. Actually, that phrase goes back to the beginning of the
Republic, and appears on the Great Seal of the United States as
the motto, Novus Ordo Seclorum. What the Shadow Government
itself calls the plan is uncertain, however, some of its elements
are now emerging.
One element is the disarming of the people.<10> There are
serious plans and preparations for a general warrantless sweep of
every location in the country to confiscate weapons. Information
about these plans comes from military and intelligence personnel
who are involved in preparing to carry them out. Such an action
would mean seizing more than 300 million firearms from more than
70 million citizens. Obviously, after such a sweep there would be
so much public outrage that there could not be another election.
Therefore, it would also be the formal overthrow of the
There are indications that after things settled down, the Shadow
Government would allow the establishment of a parliamentary system
that would provide a façade of democracy, just as it does in other
countries that have such a system, without effective limits on the
powers of government, where "rights" endure only as long as there
is a sufficiently strong constituency that defends them. Such a
system is not a republican form of government, based on the Rule
of Law, or a representative democracy, but merely a tool for
control by an oligarchy.
There is also suspicious circumstantial evidence that part of the
plan is the release of diseases, of which HIV/AIDS is one, to
reduce the world population, selectively.
A key part of the plan seems to involve the development and use
of mind control techno logies, both electronic and chemical, which
allow the elite to disable or discredit dissidents and keep the
people compliant and productive. The experimentation that has been
done on this is one of the great coverups and abuses of human
rights of our time, far exceeding that of the radiation
experiments that are now coming to light.<11>
Restoring Constitutional Governance
The restoration of constitutional governance need not require a
violent revolution, and we should avoid violence if possible. It
can be brought about in much the way it happened in the Soviet
Union. This involves several elements:
(1) Exposure ("glasnost"). The Shadow
Government, even more than the old Soviet regime, depends on
secrecy. Uncover it and it loses most of its power. We need to
end black budgets, require the declassification of most
classified documents, especially those pertaining to UFOs and
aliens, and adopt and enforce sunshine laws to require full
disclosure of not just meetings and agreements among officials,
but also among major organizations of all kinds which may
exercise an undue influence on political decisions. We must also
require independent audits of all such organizations.
(2) Restructuring ("perestroika"). We need to
enforce strengthened anti-trust laws to break up large
enterprises into many competing firms, not just two or three,
and forbid interlocking directorates, beginning with the
broadcast media and the press. Intelligence and law enforcement
agencies need to be broken up into several competing ones, which
can serve as effective checks on abuses by one another.
(2) Infiltration and defection. We need to get patriots
inside key organizations and encourage insiders to become
patriots. The most important are military and law enforcement
organizations, whose members must be conditioned to come over to
the side of the people if there is a confrontation. We must also
provide effective protection for whistleblowers.
(3) Harassment. Lawsuits. Liens. Freedom of Information
Act requests. Surveillance of principals. Local prosecution of
(4) Local organization and publicity. Revive the
constitutional Militia on the Swiss model<12>, set up
independent investigation teams, alternative newspapers, talk
radio, alert networks. We need to inform the public on what is
happening, and to reach those who now are all too willing to
trust the government to protect them.
(5) Civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance.
Protest demonstrations. Tax protests. Defiance of
unconstitutional laws. Refusal of juries to convict.<13>
(6) Armed resistance. This must involve non-
provocative, but firm, defense of persons from illegal abuses,
and exclusion of illegal governmental actions from local areas,
county by county, state by state, with insistence on
(7) Transition plan. The oligarchy cannot be expected
to come up with a plan for an orderly return to constitutional
governance. The process must be conducted carefully, to avoid a
disastrous collapse.<14> We will need some constitutional
amendments, to make legal some of the things the national
government can do best. The government needs to end budget
deficits and acquire the stock of the Federal Reserve.<15>
The myth is that World War II ended with the defeat of fascism,
but what really happened is that fascism got a grip on those
fighting it, and is becoming increasingly pervasive and powerful.
As it grows, it will induce a reaction, the outcome of which will
be a final confrontation. We can all hope that the confrontation
will not be a bloody one, and that it will be resolved while we
still have time to solve our other pressing problems.
<1> See Reed & Cummings, Compromised: Clinton, Bush
and the CIA, 1994, Shapolsky Publishers Inc, 136 W 22nd St,
New York, NY 10011, 212/633-2022. Also see Bartlett & Steele,
America: What Went Wrong?, 1992, Andrews & McMeel, 4900
Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112; and Walter Karp, Liberty Under
Siege, New York: Franklin Square, 1993.
<2> See Timothy Good, Above Top Secret: The Worldwide
UFO Cover-up, New York: W. Morrow, 1988; Alien Contact:
Top-Secret UFO Files Revealed, New York: W. Morrow, 1993.
And the video The Day
<3> For a fairly comprehensive treatment of such views, see
Albert Gore, Jr., Earth in the Balance, New York:
Houghton-Mifflin, 1992. Also see Paul Ehrlich, Population/
Resources/ Environment, San Francisco: Freeman, 1972.
<4> For one treatment of American history that goes into
this, see Clarence B. Carson, Basic American Government,
1993, American Textbook Committee, Route 1, Box 13, Wadley, AL
<5> There is abundant literature on this theme, most of it
lacking hard evidence. An example is Gary H. Kah, Enroute to
Global Occupation, 1992, Huntington House Publishers, POB
53788, Lafayette, LA 70505.
<6> One author has identified such public authorities as the
Shadow Government, but it seems more likely that they are just a
part of it. See Donald Axelrod, Shadow Government: the hidden
world of public authorities and how they control $1 trillion
dollars of your money, New York: Wiley, 1992.
<7> For a couple of sanitized depictions of this agency,
see Loch K. Johnson, America's Secret Power: the CIA in a
democratic society, New York: Oxford, 1989; Rhodri
Jeffreys-Jones, The CIA and American Democracy, New Haven:
<8> This is discussed in a paper by Martin Cannon, The
Controllers: A New Hypothesis of Alien Abductions, 1990,
8211 Owensmouth Av #206, Canoga Park, CA 91304. $6.00.
<9> This is documented in Collier & Collier,
Votescam: the Stealing of America, 1992, Victoria House
Press, 67 Wall St #2411, New York, NY 10005. $10.00.
<10> One discussion of this is William R. Tonso, The Gun
Culture and its Enemies, 1990, Second Amendment Foundation,
James Madison Building, 12500 N.E. Tenth Place, Bellevue, WA
<11> This is documented in a paper by Julianne McKinney, Microwave
& Mind- Control Experimentation, Electronic Surveillance
Project, Association of National Security Alumni, PO Box 13625,
Silver Spring, MD 20911-3625, 301/608-0143. $5.00.
<12> For a general discussion of this, see Morgan Norval, The
Militia in 20th Century America: A Symposium, 1985, Gun
Owners Foundation, 5881 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
Also see Stephen P. Halbrook, That Every Man Be Armed,
1984, Independent Institute, 134 98th Av, Oakland, CA 94603.
<13> For a comprehensive treatment of constitutional
history and law, see Bernard Schwartz, The Roots of the Bill
of Rights, New York: Chelsea House, 1980.
<14> The ways this might occur are discussed in Joseph A.
Taintes, The Collapse of Complex Societies, New York:
<15> For some views on needed reforms, see Martin Gross, A
Call for Revolution, New York: Ballantine, 1993.
Youtube documentary by Steven Greer, 2:14, $4.99. Explains how
public officials are kept in the dark about dangerous black
<17> Former CIA officer Kevin Shipp, Exposes Shadow Government
<18> Breakthrough Energy
Movement — Its all about Them not wanting us to get low-cost