■ By Ed Ring / Contributed Deep State: A body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy. – Oxford English Dictionary The term “Deep State” has been around for at least a decade, but it has emerged into common parlance in reference to the alleged opposition by elements of the U.S. intelligence communty to the presidency of Donald J. Trump. An insightful analyst who has written extensively about the deep state on his blog “Of Two Minds,” is Charles Hugh Smith. In one recent commentary, Smith created a diagram of the deep state, showing

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