posted on Jun, 30 2013 @ 08:11 PM
This is a theory I've been considering for a while, and the current NSA/Snowden/PRISM thing has raised it in my mind again, and I feel that ATS might
find it interesting.
Essentially, the core of my theory is that the current state of affairs, particularly within the intelligence and law enforcement departments of the
US government, may not be coming from the top as many users here seem to believe. I think what we're seeing is the visible side of a "secret war"
taking place between certain groups inside the government. Or to be more specific, a rather traumatic turnover from the current management (mostly
lifers brought up in Cold War paranoia) and the new generation. In very simplified terms, think the Dick Cheney mentality vs. that of Edward Snowden.
I know, it sounds outrageous at first. But here's the thing: it would explain the very apparent information bottlenecking in the departments I'm
talking about, such as the "miscommunications" that have shown up in force since 2001 (Tsarnev brothers, Iraq war, 9/11, etc...). We know the
intelligence agencies had important information that, for one reason or another, didn't make it to the key decision-makers. What nobody has really
worked out yet is why. But this information has to go through a lot of people before it reaches the President's desk. So imagine, if you will,
that one of the people charged with sorting all this data and sending it up the line belongs to a rogue group who are actively working to undermine
the "other side." This one person omits critical information, completely changing the context of the briefing.
To me, this sounds more plausible than the popular theory that the government are evil, despite the fact that most of them seem absolutely clueless.
What would a group like this want? Historically, the US tends to prosper when it has a solid enemy to point at, a rival power bloc somewhere in the
world. And with the collapse of the Soviet Union in '91, the one exploited for 60+ years disappeared. So they're desperately trying to set up a new
one, with the focus falling on Islamic extremism. This also ties in with the obvious revolving door effect between the intelligence sector and the
military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned of. Put simply, war is good for business, and without a boogeyman halfway around the world, the massive
buildup of arms would seem ludicrous.