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, September 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Failure Is Success: How American Intelligence Works in the Twenty-First Century
What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters . You create a global surveillance state for the ages . You listen in on your citizenry and gather their communications in staggering quantities. Your employees...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:15am
Washington Gripped by Madness: When War Is Not War, Combat Is Not Combat, and Boots Are Never on the Ground
And now the bombs are falling on Syria. On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King delivered a speech at Riverside Church in New York City titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In it, he went after the war of that moment and the money that the U.S. was pouring into it as symptoms of a...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
American Empire in the Year 2014: The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?
It’s possible I’ve lived most of my life on the wrong planet -- and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but looking back from our helter-skelter world of 2014, I wonder. For most of the last several hundred...
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:45am
American Politics as a Billionaire’s Playground
Think of this as the year that democracy of, by, and for the billionaires shall not perish from the Earth -- not when we’re on a new electoral playing field in a political world in which distinctions are no longer made between unlimited money and unlimited speech. In other words, these days, if you...
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:30am
What's Wrong with This Picture? Gas in Tanks and Cows in Clouds
Whatever you may imagine, “peak oil” has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for “peak fossil fuels.” Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount of oil, natural gas, and coal. Sooner or later, as such...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:15am
How America Made ISIS
Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a...
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:30am
In Iraq, A Bombing Program Designed for the Weapons Industry
Bombing Iraq, as retired Air Force lieutenant colonel William Astore indicates this week in “ The American Cult of Bombing ,” has become a national pastime. (These days, you can’t be president without sending in the bombers and drones.) So let’s try to get our heads around the latest U.S. air...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:30am
Going Wild in the Gaza War
The carnage in the Gaza Strip has been horrendous: more than 1,900 dead , mainly civilians; its sole power plant destroyed (and so electricity and water denied and a sewage disaster looming); 30,000 to 40,000 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed; hundreds of thousands of residents put to flight...
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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Is the Apocalypse Us?
Think of it as the true end of the beginning. Last week, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the final member of the 12-man crew of the Enola Gay, the plane (named after its pilot’s supportive mother) that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died at age 93. When that first A-bomb left its bomb bay at 8:15...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 8:30am
The Fourth Branch: The Rise to Power of the National Security State
As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: it’s just not so. During the Cold War years and far more strikingly...
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