The Shadow Government
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It is becoming increasingly apparent to American citizens that government
no longer being conducted in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, or,
states, according to state constitutions. While people have recognized for
than 150 years that the rich and powerful often corrupt individual
exert undue influence to get legislation passed that favors their
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
and the law in important matters. They expect that these corrupting forces
disunited and in competition with one another, so that they tend to
Mounting evidence makes it clear that the situation is far worse than
people think, that during the last several decades the U.S. Constitution
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
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
Rule of Law and in the freedoms which this country is supposed to
Transition to Oligarchy
It is difficult to identify a single date or event that marks the
but we can identify some critical steps.
The first was the Dick Act of 1903, which repealed the Militia Act of
and tried to relegate the Constitutional Militia to the National Guard,
control of what is now the U.S. Defense Department. The second was the
Reserve Act, which established a central bank only nominally under the
of the government.
Further erosion of constitutional governance was motivated by several
challenges which the powerful felt required them to put aside their
and unite. The first was the Great Depression of 1933-1941. The second was
War II and the threat from fascism, followed by the Cold War and the
Soviet imperialism and from communism.
The third defies credibility, but cannot be avoided. UFOs and aliens.
Despite the lack of hard evidence accessible to ordinary citizens, there
enough testimonial evidence to compel a reasonable person to conclude
things: UFOs exist, they are intelligently directed, and they are not
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
however, enough leaks from government officials to indicate that the
knows a great deal about them that it is concealing from the public.
The fourth is the eco-crisis, which combines both the ecological and
economic crises. Many leaders have recognized for a long time that we are
for disaster, not a kind of cyclical downturn like the Great Depression,
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,
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
the last half of the 20th century, it was difficult enough to pass
thought to be needed, without having to also adopt the amendments to the
Constitution necessary to make such legislation constitutional, it became
easy to just adopt more and more legislation without worrying about its
constitutionality, and depend on compliant officials and judges to go
it, which for the most part, they have done. This was facilitated by the
sufficiently strong protests from the people, many of whom, ignorant of
constitutional rights and limitations on governmental powers, and focused
problems to be solved, supported much of the legislation.<4>
We can also identify several insidious developments which seemed
and harmless at the time, but which led to the present situation. One was
rise of military and civilian intelligence organs during World War II. The
to prevent leaks of military secrets brought a censorship apparatus that
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
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
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
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
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established, ostensibly to bring
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
public and most if not all members of Congress. This led later to the
establishment of more agencies, such as the National Security Agency,
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
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
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
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
the Soviets, we had taken on their methods and attributes of political
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.
That was the watershed event. After that, too many people had too much to
to allow the situation to return to governance as usual.
Since then, the Shadow Government has grown and tried to strengthen its
on every sector of the society, motivated in part by honest concern about
very real threats we have faced, and in part by venality and greed, which
brought increasing corruption and the effective incorporation of organized
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
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
through the Warren Commission. While campaign money continued to buy
over elected officials, if it was not sufficient, the Shadow Government
other options. It put officials in compromising situations, then used its
evidence to blackmail them into compliance. Failing that, it could easily
the winner of any election, and suppress the support which third-party
candidates might attain.
Structure and Decisionmaking
A key question about the Shadow Government is how does it make decisions
carry them out. Where is the center? Some think it lies in a few major
institutions. Others that it lies in the intelligence apparatus. Still
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
Relations (CFR), the Tri- lateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the
Reserve, the World Bank, or the International Monetary Fund.<5>
That the key personalities in every major institution should associate
confer through various associations is not in itself a matter of concern,
that was involved was the development of a consensus. But there is
a centralized decisionmaking process exists, because too much is done that
not otherwise occur, and that the process is contemptuous of the
and increasingly willing to violate it. That suggests a permanent
bureaucracy, and that points to the intelligence and financial
Therefore, the real decisions may be made not by public figures, but by
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
including the financial. However, it also appears that the control is
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
expand their power and wealth. The alliance between these factions appears
increasingly strained as growing corruption begins to impair the
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
lifeboats and others who want to make sure they are the ones who get to go
them. Each needs the other, for the time being, but the latter are
threaten the production and seaworthiness of the lifeboats.
What we have is in many ways a classic oligarchy, with multiple
in an uneasy alliance with one another. No one individual is paramount,
anyone can be replaced if he gets too far out of line, by some combination
the others, each of whom derives his power from the institutions and
under his influence.
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
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
Social control therefore becomes a matter of keeping them placated,
Unfortunately for their scheme, they face the same problem the Roman
did. To keep the people placated, they are forced to pay them off, and
increasing demands for such payoffs, while growth of the productive sector
falters, or even shrinks relative to the population. Economic growth and
solutions to our social problems are being impaired by the depredations of
corrupt elements of the Shadow Government, who are concentrating assets in
and at a rate that threaten the viability of the economy. The Romans
problem of keeping their citizens supplied with bread and circuses by
of outlying provinces. Modern capitalist nations tried the same thing, but
imperial order is breaking down, and the only thing left is economic
that growth falters, the welfare state fails, and with it the social
on which the Established Order depends.
Some of the best indications that the Shadow Government is not centered
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 world.
(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
enforcement to eliminate competition, and by gaining control of the
the ways it gets re-introduced into the economy.
(3) Raiding financial institutions. This is what was done with
and is being done, more slowly, with the banks. It involves several
diversion of the funds, seizure of smaller institutions by a few large
under Shadow Government control, with the seizure financed by the
acquisition under distressed prices of the assets of those institutions,
which are well-positioned business enterprises that give the Shadow
both control of the key enterprises in most business sectors and sources
revenue. The Savings & Loan raid was used to finance a major
the Shadow Government. However, it is not a method that can be repeated.
(4) Public authorities. These are quasi- governmental
that control substantial assets, often taxpayer-subsidized, without
accountability. They include housing, port, energy, water,
educational authorities.<6> To this might also be added various
and both public and publicly-regulated private monopolies, like local
and cable companies. They are also a major source of government
(5) Government contracts. Major source of diverted funds, but
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
involved, the greater the chance that some of them who retain some sense
honor might defect. An occasional defector can be disabled, killed or
discredited, but a flood of them could be disastrous. That is what brought
the Bolshevik regime in the Soviet Union.
Shadow control therefore consists largely of the placement of shadow
in key positions in all of the institutions that are to be controlled.
they cannot reveal their true role, they are also somewhat constrained in
actions they can take. What they do has to fit their jobs and not conflict
obvious way with the mission of the organization, even if they head it.
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
(2) Staff positions under the top positions, such as the congressional
members who really run Congress.
(3) Intelligence agencies. The CIA<7>, NSA and various military
intelligence divisions. Among their functions are death squads that
troublesome persons, although they usually avoid doing that to more
ones. They also have developed mind control techniques that can be used
up the minds of people they want to discredit or disable.<8>
almost every department of government has an intelligence function, and
function is the Shadow Government's main point of control of the
(4) Military organizations, law enforcement, and taxing agencies,
the IRS. Not only federal, but also state and local, at least in the
cities. The IRS and other agencies are used to harass persons considered
troublesome, and sometimes to prosecute them on trumped up charges, in
evidence is planted or manufactured and government witnesses perjure
(5) Major banks, insurance companies, pension funds, holding companies,
utilities, public authorities, contractors, manufacturers, distributors,
transport firms, security services, credit reporting services. Forbidden
from maintaining dossiers on citizens not the subject of criminal
the agencies get around the restriction by using contractors to maintain
data for them, and have amazingly detailed data on almost everyone. When
hire one of the major security services, you are turning over the keys
premises to the shadow government.
(6) Major media. Newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations.
Together, they control the National Election Service, which in turn
outcome of computerized elections.<9> They suppress coverage of
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
video production. They aren't making training films.
(7) Communications networks. Telephone, telegraph, cable and satellite.
Shadow Government can bug any communication they wish, without bothering
court order, and they regularly monitor dissidents and other key
holes in their control here are the Internet and public-key encryption,
the Shadow Government is trying to suppress. Although the Internet can
monitored, it cannot be effectively controlled, and it is emerging as a
threat to Shadow control.
(8) Organized crime. Despite occasional convictions, they are now
treated as a profit center and as the executors of the dirty jobs. They
the providers of vices for the corrupt members of government, which
also used to blackmail and control people.
(9) Education. Universities and public education. Universities are the
effectively controlled components, but still important, largely for
Main aim here is to divert student activists into unproductive channels,
get students so involved in careerism that they ignore the important
(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
Medical Association. Labor unions.
(11) International organizations. The United Nations, NATO, the IMF.
(12) Governmental and nongovernmental institutions of other countries.
are doing many of the same things there that are being done in the
States, especially in the more advanced countries.
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
Part of this is causing the failure of smaller organizations and the
of them by a few large chains. This is being done with banks and other
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
few sectors, and then only after major concentrations of economic power
already been achieved.
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
larger and larger proportion of the assets and revenues of the economy,
the middle class shrinks. We are moving away from the original model of
universal middle class, and toward a third-world model of a small upper
and a large poor class, with a small middle class that mainly serve as
of the rich.
The Shadow Plan
The Shadow Government appears to be operating according to some plan.
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
affairs following the end of the Cold War. Actually, that phrase goes back
the beginning of the Republic, and appears on the Great Seal of the United
States as the motto, Novus Ordo Seclorum. What the Shadow
itself calls the plan is uncertain, however, some of its elements are now
One element is the disarming of the people.<10> There are serious
plans and preparations for a general warrantless sweep of every location
country to confiscate weapons. Information about these plans comes from
and intelligence personnel who are involved in preparing to carry them
an action would mean seizing more than 300 million firearms from more than
million citizens. Obviously, after such a sweep there would be so much
outrage that there could not be another election. Therefore, it would also
the formal overthrow of the Constitution.
There are indications that after things settled down, the Shadow
would allow the establishment of a parliamentary system that would provide
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
them. Such a system is not a republican form of government, based on the
Law, or a representative democracy, but merely a tool for control by an
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
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
disable or discredit dissidents and keep the people compliant and
The experimentation that has been done on this is one of the great
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
much the way it happened in the Soviet Union. This involves several
(1) Exposure ("glasnost"). The Shadow
Government, even more than the old Soviet regime, depends on secrecy.
and it loses most of its power. We need to end black budgets, require
declassification of most classified documents, especially those
UFOs and aliens, and adopt and enforce sunshine laws to require full
of not just meetings and agreements among officials, but also among
organizations of all kinds which may exercise an undue influence on
decisions. We must also require independent audits of all such
(2) Restructuring ("perestroika"). We need to
enforce strengthened anti-trust laws to break up large enterprises into
competing firms, not just two or three, and forbid interlocking
beginning with the broadcast media and the press. Intelligence and law
enforcement agencies need to be broken up into several competing ones,
serve as effective checks on abuses by one another.
(2) Infiltration and defection. We need to get patriots inside
organizations and encourage insiders to become patriots. The most
military and law enforcement organizations, whose members must be
come over to the side of the people if there is a confrontation. We must
provide effective protection for whistleblowers.
(3) Harassment. Lawsuits. Liens. Freedom of Information Act
requests. Surveillance of principals. Local prosecution of federal
(4) Local organization and publicity. Revive the constitutional
Militia on the Swiss model<12>, set up independent investigation
alternative newspapers, talk radio, alert networks. We need to inform
on what is happening, and to reach those who now are all too willing to
the government to protect them.
(5) Civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. Protest
demonstrations. Tax protests. Defiance of unconstitutional laws. Refusal
juries to convict.<13>
(6) Armed resistance. This must involve non- provocative, but
defense of persons from illegal abuses, and exclusion of illegal
actions from local areas, county by county, state by state, with
(7) Transition plan. The oligarchy cannot be expected to come
with a plan for an orderly return to constitutional governance. The
be conducted carefully, to avoid a disastrous collapse.<14> We
some constitutional amendments, to make legal some of the things the
government can do best. The government needs to end budget deficits and
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
increasingly pervasive and powerful. As it grows, it will induce a
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
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
212/633-2022. Also see Bartlett & Steele, America: What Went Wrong?,
1992, Andrews & McMeel, 4900 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112; and
Karp, Liberty Under Siege, New York: Franklin Square, 1993.
<2> See Timothy Good, Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO
New York: W. Morrow, 1988; Alien Contact: Top-Secret UFO Files
New York: W. Morrow, 1993.
<3> For a fairly comprehensive treatment of such views, see Albert
Gore, Jr., Earth in the Balance, New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 1992.
see Paul Ehrlich, Population/ Resources/ Environment, San
<4> For one treatment of American history that goes into this, see
Clarence B. Carson, Basic American Government, 1993, American
Committee, Route 1, Box 13, Wadley, AL 36276.
<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
Donald Axelrod, Shadow Government: the hidden world of public
and how they control $1 trillion dollars of your money, New York:
<7> For a couple of sanitized depictions of this agency, see Loch
Johnson, America's Secret Power: the CIA in a democratic society,
York: Oxford, 1989; Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, The CIA and American
New Haven: Yale, 1989.
<8> This is discussed in a paper by Martin Cannon, The
Controllers: A New Hypothesis of Alien Abductions, 1990, 8211
#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,
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
12500 N.E. Tenth Place, Bellevue, WA 98005.
<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
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
5881 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Also see Stephen P. Halbrook,
Every Man Be Armed, 1984, Independent Institute, 134 98th Av,
<13> For a comprehensive treatment of constitutional history and
see Bernard Schwartz, The Roots of the Bill of Rights, New York:
<14> The ways this might occur are discussed in Joseph A. Taintes,
The Collapse of Complex Societies, New York: Cambridge, 1988.
<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 projects.