A two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist’s investigation of the "deep state."
In In Deep, 2020 ASU Future Security Fellow David Rohde embarks on a sweeping exploration of the CIA and FBI scandals of the past fifty years—from the Church Committee’s exposure of Cold War abuses, to Abscam, to false intelligence about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, to NSA mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden. It then investigates the claims and counterclaims of the Trump era, and the relentless spread of conspiracy theories online and on-air.
Rohde argues that, if a “deep state” is a group of officials who secretly wield government power with little accountability or transparency, Trump and his loyalists increasingly fit that definition. Under the guise of stopping a “coup” that does not exist, Trump is upending the checks and balances that are the foundation of American democracy. He is politicizing the Justice Department and other government agencies and using them to attack his enemies, both real and perceived. Whether out of fear or calculation, Trump is creating a parallel, shadow government filled with like-minded allies that operates outside official government channels without transparency, democratic norms, or public processes—a “deep state” of his own.
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David Rohde, @RohdeD
2020 ASU Future Security Fellow, New America
Author, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State"
Heather Hurlburt, @natsecHeather
Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America
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