The Myth of the “National Security State”
If we wish to restore peace and freedom to our world, then, in my view, one thing we need to do is to deconstruct the concepts that have made aggression and domination fixed elements of our worldview.
The chief public concept keeping us focused on these goals is that of the “National Security State.”
Just as the notion of the separate and separative ego is the chief personal obstacle to the peace of unitive consciousness, so the myth of the National Security State is the chief social obstacle to that peace. As I see it, the notion of the National Security State is itself a projection of the idea of ego onto the national arena.
The notion of “national security” was elaborated and enshrined as a focus of national attention by the National Security Act, signed by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947. According to Wikipedia:
“Aside from the military reorganization [of the army, navy and air force], the act established the National Security Council, a central place of coordination for national security policy in the executive branch, and the Central Intelligence Agency, the States’ first peacetime intelligence agency. The function of the council was to advise the president on domestic, foreign, and military policies so that they may cooperate more tightly and efficiently.” (1)
The National Security Act fixed the notion of “national security” as the pre-eminent interest in the minds of people shaping the national and international political discourse. However, the real power brokers of national security are shadowy figures whom John F. Kennedy described in the following manner:
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly-efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
“Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned. No rumor is printed. No secret is revealed.” (2)
The actions of this “ruthless conspiracy” are not deviations from the process of governance. As Peter Dale Scott tells us, these “institutional and parapolitical [or deep political] arrangements … constitute the [very] way we are systematically governed.” (3 He approvingly quotes Michael Parenti who says that “national security state conspiracies [or what I (Peter Dale Scott) am here calling deep events] are components of our political structure, not deviations from it.” (4)
At the root of the overall illusion are notions of separation and survival. A permanent or eternal entity – the Self – mistakenly identifies itself with an impermanent phenomenon – the body – and thereafter becomes fixated on ensuring its survival. By the same token, a nation of eternal entities identifies their collective survival as depending on the continued existence of the impermanent entity called the “nation” and takes steps to ensure its survival.
At all levels of individual and collective organization – the corporate level, the municipal, the state, etc. – eternal entities identified with impermanent phonemena attempt to control and dominate the circumstances to ensure their own survival, the survival of their role or status, or the survival of anything else they identify with (their family, home, tools, wealth, etc.).
Everything, every arrangement that has seen the public’s civil rights curtailed, that has given rise to eugenics doctrines, depopulation schemes, world wars, slavery, etc., finds its roots in a false notion that we have to ensure the survival of something that has never needed to be safeguarded. We are already eternally-existing beings and have never needed our continued existence to be guaranteed by armies, bureaucrats, churches, doctors or anything else. We never die, though we may shed the body.
However, as long as we take our understanding of reality from a view that sees only what the senses can detect as being real, we’ll never know ourselves as the invisible, undetectable Self. David Icke called this the “Five Senses” school and I’ve called it, after its philosophical name, “empirical materialism.” The National Security State could not exist in a world that rejects these narrow views and understands spiritual truth.
Ascension will fix this problem by having us see (1) that we are the eternal Self, and (2) that we are one, at which point harming another will be, and will be seen as, the same as harming oneself.
Once this is seen the felt need for security, and hence the philosophical underpinnings of the National Security State, will drop away.
(1) “National Security Act of 1947,” Wikipedia, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Act_of_1947
(2) John F. Kennedy, Speech before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961.
(3) Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, 11. In Peter Dale Scott, “9/11, Deep Events, and the Curtailment of U.S. Freedoms. A talk delivered to the New England Antiwar Conference, MIT, January 30, 2010,” Global Research.ca, http://tinyurl.com/22kq4h5.
(4 Michael Parenti, Dirty Truths: Reflections on Politics, Media, Ideology, Conspiracy, Ethnic Life and Class Power San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1996, 88.