During his first few weeks in the White House President Trump confronted a series of damaging leaks originating, he alleged, from within US intelligence community. Many of Trump’s allies argue that these disclosures prove the existence of a shadow government of ideologically-hostile bureaucrats, scheming to derail his presidency. Other world leaders have made similar assertions, including Turkey’s President Erdogan, who last summer clamped down on what he charged was a massive coup, orchestrated by a “deep state” conspiracy. How should these claims be assessed? Does insider plotting pose a real threat to elected governments, or are deep state accusations a political ploy?
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Copies of Michael Glennon’s National Security and Double Government and Mike Lofgren’s The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government will be available for sale and signing by The Book Cellar at the program.