My latest good book was The Pentagon’s Brain-An Uncensored History of DARPA America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency, by Annie Jacobsen.
The most compelling idea that I am left with after reading this excellent book is that in the 1950’s The Defense contractors, academicians and industrialists were just getting started with their “complex” that Eisenhower warned against.
They were starting to control our everyday lives, all in the name of defense and “progress”.
Now that control is omnipotent.
The secret organizations in the government are determining where our tax dollars are spent and wasted.
Did we really expect that training bees to smell out chemical weapons was going to work? Or that exploding nuclear bombs in space would provide us a measure of protection against incoming missiles?
This whole book proves that a “well informed electorate” is a fantasy. While nut jobs are praising Trump we are edging closer to the oligarchy style of government which is hidden but real.
No amount of “debate” is going to give the voting public enough information to judge who should be in control.
The author correctly identifies Edward Snowdon as a whistle blower. He uncovered illegal activities in our spy system. They were momentarily shut down, but popped up under another name and funded secretly under other gobble-de-gook names.
The unnecessary war in Iraq under the “Shrub” is a case in point. All those wonderful toys that the armed services had ready to roll out finally got their place on the evening news spotlighted by their own fiery blasts. Laser guided missiles, phone conversations, bunker busting bombs, smart bombs, and drones out the kazoo- they all got a chance. So when the “Mission Accomplished” banner went up, the IED’s went underground and the real war started.
It is no wonder we distrust our government.