Tom Engelhardt

shadowgovengelhardt.jpgTom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). Previous books include Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (co-authored with Nick Turse), The United States of Fear, The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of Victory Culture: a History of the Cold War and Beyond, as well as of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:30pm
Tomorrow's News Today: 9 Surefire Future Headlines From a Bizarro American World
It’s commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can’t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say,...
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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:15am
The Unholy Marriage of War and Disney
In September 2001, the Bush administration launched its “global war on terror,” to which its supporters later tried to attach names like “the long war” or “World War IV.” Their emphasis: that we were now engaged in nothing less than a multi-generational struggle without end. (World War III had...
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 8:00am
The Militarization of American Streets
In the part of Baltimore hardest hit by the recent riots and arson, more than a third of families live in poverty, median income is $24,000, the unemployment rate is over 50% , some areas burnt out in the riots of 1968 have never been rebuilt, incarceration rates are sky high, 33% of the homes are...
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Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:45am
Counting the Dead in the Age of Drone Terrorism
In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t count and they don’t count. The Obama administration has adamantly refused to count. Not a body. In fact, for a long time, American...
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 12:45pm
Assassination, American-Style: James Bond or the Three Stooges?
No one can claim that plotting assassination is new to Washington or that, in the past, American leaders and the CIA didn’t aim high: the Congo’s Patrice Lumumba , Cuba’s Fidel Castro , the Dominican Republic’s Rafael Trujillo . The difference was that, in those days, the idea of assassinating a...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:30am
The Future Foreseen (and Not): A Letter of Apology to My Grandson
Dear Grandson, Consider my address book -- and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that matter to me are still on paper, not in a computer or on an iPhone, and it’s not complicated to know...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:30am
Blowforward: Why Failure Doesn’t Daunt the National Security State
Years ago, Chalmers Johnson took a term of CIA tradecraft, “blowback,” and put it into our language . Originally, it was meant to describe CIA operations so secret that, when they blew back on this country, Americans would be incapable of tracing the connection or grasping that the U.S. had...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:30pm
The New (Deplorable) American Order
Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:45pm
Want To Succeed in Establishment Policy Circles? Just Be Aggressively and Consistently Wrong Over and Over and Over
In our era in Washington, whole careers have been built on grotesque mistakes. In fact, when it comes to our various conflicts, God save you if you’re right; no one will ever want to hear from you again. If you’re wrong, however... well, take the invasion of Iraq. Given the Islamic State, that...
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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:30am
My War on Terror: Letter to an Unknown American Patriot
Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start this way: you should feel free to call me an American nationalist. It may sound ugly as hell, but it’s one way I...
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