14 Aug Must Reading: “The Fourth Branch of Government, the Intelligence Branch” (UPDATED, AGAIN)
Sundance at Conservative Treehouse continues updating his in-depth analysis of how the US intelligence agencies have become the controlling branch of government. His latest comprehensive posting can be found here, but don’t click through until you have plenty of time to read and think.
This is doctorate level, serious adult-level information and analysis that belongs in American history books and in advanced studies of political science and governance. The contrast between this kind of commentary and pop culture/twitterfest silliness is stark. But for thinkers and leaders, this can help focus on paths forward…to radically reform or even start over until ‘we the people’ can cause a restoration of the appropriate role of intelligence operations in support of freedom and the American constitutional republic.
Original Post from July 8, 2021
In 2021, the ever-recurring questions voiced by patriots across the country in one form or another, are: how did we get here so suddenly? How did everything collapse so fast? Why is there no American institution still standing for American ideals? What happened to ‘truth, justice and the American way’?
‘Sundance’, writing at Conservative Treehouse, is a national treasure, as we’ve noted in the recent past. His most recent contribution—a multi-part series on “The Fourth Branch of Government, the Intelligence Branch”—is a must read for all thoughtful patriots.
The back-and-forth punditry about capitalism v. socialism, limited government v. big government, secure borders v. open borders, equality of opportunity v. ‘equity’ in outcomes, etc., etc., is an important educational exercise for the uninformed or underinformed, but the need for thinkers to go deeper becomes clear once Sundance’s central thesis is understood: the American intelligence apparatus—turbo-charged in the aftermath of World War II with a clear good v. evil, right v. wrong mission to defend America from communism—has definitively and forcefully morphed away from that mission.
The intelligence agencies have become master mental manipulators, experts at creating and maneuvering popular opinion—i.e., mobs—through propaganda and staged ‘false flag’ events (or fake crimes) to achieve political power outcomes. Initially, those engineered outcomes were guided by an understanding of American exceptionalism as good, and the ideas behind that exceptionalism as the right ones to maintain in power, while the ideas that oppose American ideals were the right ones to subvert, undermine and ultimately destroy.
But over time, the master mental manipulators became untethered from any guiding principle or truth, and merely reveled in the power they saw they could wield through their increasingly sophisticated means of mental manipulation. Now they are all about power and controlling who can or cannot exercise power, and they will use threats and entrapments and incitements and false charges to impose their will—without regard to a sense of fidelity or humility toward a higher power or ultimate Truth.
The result over time has been a man-caused, massive erosion of the American republic and the concept of sovereign free men and women under God as capable of and entitled to exercise self-government.
Donald Trump was an unforeseen aberration, not planned for nor acceptable to the intelligence branch in 2016, and so there has been a no-holds barred approach to destroying Trump ever since.
Trump’s lasting contribution to the cause of freedom is that his willingness to run for office as an outsider led to a vivid exposure of the moral rot that had overtaken the intelligence agencies and all they control (and ‘all they control’ includes Congressmen, Senators, Supreme Court Justices, military leaders, and federal agencies). The exposure has been raw and overwhelming in its breadth and depth of corruption and depravity, but it may also have come in a nick of time, while there was still a chance to correct it.
Correcting it will ultimately spring from a better understanding of how to win the oft-cited ‘spiritual warfare’ that is ongoing, and that is a process that looks like it will take considerable time to play out. But Sundance at Conservative Treehouse has delivered a tremendous impetus to that warfare in his series on the intelligence agencies as the fourth branch of government.
He has highlighted the central location of a major enemy, and—whether purposefully or not—has also highlighted that this enemy is not a specific person or persons, but the drift and diversion of intelligence branch energies to the amoral ends of mental manipulation for human power. That’s important, because it means a change in thought can defeat the enemy. To wit, the fix lies in a restored appreciation for the moral ends of honoring and protecting right, divine ideas—mental alignment with those ideas, not mental manipulation away from them—and recognizing America as founded as based on those right ideas. When thinking is more closely aligned with the ‘true north’ of American ideals, the right personnel adjustments will follow.
So a fix to the ongoing catastrophe of American collapse remains possible, and Sundance is doing his part to prepare the way to get there.
UPDATE: A 1975 quote from Senator Frank Church of Idaho deserves attention:
In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. (…) Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left: such is the capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.
If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology. (…)
I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.
Senator Frank Church 1975 interview Meet the Press