The Deep State

Deep State
Entity Type

The Deep State is believed to be a clandestine network entrenched inside the government, bureaucracy, intelligence agencies, and other governmental entities. With the term originally from Turkey, it tells that the deep state is a theory that the government is composed of high-level elements that controls state policy behind the scenes, while the democratically-elected process and elected officials are merely figureheads. Deep State has since come to mean any unelected “shadow government” operating behind the scenes of a democracy.

  • Idea that there are lifetime non-elected government officials that really run the US government
    • They push their own agendas 
    • Part of the bureaucracy
  • Historically considered to be a "conspiracy theory"
  • Gaining more traction as credible after the 2016 Trump election
    • CIA and FBI may have had hidden agendas
    • Public statements about officials "resisting" the Trump administration