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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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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:45am
Predator Drones for Sale! (Human Rights, International Law Optional)
My drone is yours, compadre ! Or so Washington has now decided. The latest promise of good times in the arms trade comes from an administration that has pioneered a robotic assassination regime organized out of the White House (though credit for groundbreaking drone assassination work should go to...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9:15am
Good Afternoon, America: Machine Guns, MRAPs, Surveillance, Drones, Permanent War, and a Permanent Election Campaign
I never fail to be amazed -- and that’s undoubtedly my failing. I mean, if you retain a capacity for wonder you can still be awed by a sunset, but should you really be shocked that the sun is once again sinking in the West? Maybe not. The occasion for such reflections: machine guns in my hometown...
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:30pm
Demobilized in the USA: Why There Is No Massive Antiwar Movement
Well, it’s one, two, three, look at that amputee, At least it’s below the knee, Could have been worse, you see. Well, it’s true your kids look at you differently, But you came in an ambulance instead of a hearse, That’s the phrase of the trade, It could have been worse. -- First verse of a Vietnam-...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:15am
Drone Addiction on the Border
Predator drones, tested out in this country’s distant war zones, have played an increasingly prominent role in the up-armoring of the U.S.-Mexican border. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched its first Predator in 2004, but only really ramped up drone use in March 2013. There have been...
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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:15pm
More and War: The Tao of Washington
When it comes to the national security state, our capital has become a thought-free zone. The airlessness of the place, the unwillingness of leading players in the corridors of power to explore new ways of approaching crucial problems is right there in plain sight, yet remarkably unnoticed...
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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 7:15am
(Over)Bearing Arms in America
One of the grimmer small events of recent American life occurred just as 2014 was ending. A mother had her two-year old toddler perched in a shopping cart at an Idaho Wal-Mart. He reached into her purse, specially made for carrying a concealed firearm (and a Christmas gift from her husband), found...
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