I. Purpose & Process

A. Threat of the Deep State

Russ Baker • Founder, WhoWhatWhy.org

"Let’s be clear: the Deep State is not six people in hoods muttering incantations. It’s a shifting landscape of those at the top of the heap — not a monolith but a bloody battlefield, with factions breaking both bread and heads... It includes financiers, industrialists, media titans, generals, spymasters, strategists, and experts in the black arts of mass influence. It even includes a super-verboten topic: how the 'overworld' (the legit) do business, albeit usually at arm’s length, with the underworld."

Glenn Greenwald • Co-Founder, The Intercept

“The Deep State, although there’s no precise or scientific definition, generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions. They stay and exercise power even as presidents who are elected come and go. They typically exercise their power in secret, in the dark, and so they’re barely subject to democratic accountability, if they’re subject to it at all. It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but also have a long history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads.” 

Jefferson Morley • Washington Correspondent, Alternet.org

“The Deep State is shorthand for the nexus of secretive intelligence agencies whose leaders and policies are not much affected by changes in the White House or the Congress. While definitions vary, the Deep State includes the CIA, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and components of the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the Armed Forces.” 

Dr. Peter Dale Scott • 'Deep Politics & the Death of JFK'

“A closed network said to be more powerful than the public state, the Deep State engages in false-flag violence, is organized by the military and intelligence apparatus, and involves their links to organized crime."

Will Worley • Journalist, The Independent (UK)

"The 'Deep State' is a concept which has been used by some vocal supporters – and opponents – of Donald Trump. Sometimes also referred to as the 'Permanent State', the theory espouses the idea that a cabal of unelected security officials across a number of government bodies maintain influence over elected politicians... It has a historic role in the political consciousness of the US, first gaining prominence during the 1960s following events like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It is now regaining popularity."

B. The Role of CDPR


Archival and Online Research

Subject Interviews

Deep Event and Propaganda Studies


Lectures and Presentations

Conferences and Public Briefings

Peer Review and Published Works

Digital and Social Media


FOIA Oversight and Litigation

Legislative Outreach

Organizing Campaigns

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