Of course, the Deep State exists and permeates our government agencies and the Corporate 500 world. Including our MSM and ...local/federal sharing security state apparatus.
Former Sen. Daniel Moynihan long ago tried merely to find out where $60 Billion disappeared into a black hole, during open Senate discussion on the budget, with no luck, of course. And, that was years ago, as well. It's only gotten worse since then. And, so has the hole and the $$$ amounts.
The NYT is a player in this bamboozle and not being played. There's no doubt the master bedroom grouping of the " politics makes strange bedfellows" crowd , hangs out in Manhattan, either.