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, February 3, 2016 - 10:45am
How the Post-9/11 Antiwar Movement Was Erased From History
Who even remembers the moment in mid-February 2003, almost 13 years ago, when millions of people across this country and the planet turned out in an antiwar moment unique in history? It was aimed at stopping a conflict that had yet to begin. Those demonstrators, myself included, were trying to put...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 2:45pm
Speaking Russian about American Assassinations
It was the grisliest of stories : a decade and a half ago a former KGB man, Alexander Litvinenko, defected to England and turned on the powers-that-be in his own country, accusing its leader of both acts of assassination and, among other things, pedophilia . Litvinenko died in 2006 thanks to a...
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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 8:00am
“We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines
One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways or bite us unexpectedly in the ass. Most of the futures I imagined as a boy have, for instance, come up deeply short, or else I would now be flying my individual jet pack through the...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Washington’s Imperial Shock Troops
Meet the hottest new commander in the increasingly secretive world of American warfare, Lieutenant General Raymond “Tony” Thomas. A rare portrait in the Washington Post paints him as a “shadowy figure” -- an appropriate phrase for the general who has been leading the U.S. military’s “ manhunters...
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Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 11:00am
Impunity in the Billionaire Class and the National Security State
What a scam! Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen described it this way in a front-page New York Times report on how a small group of incredibly wealthy Americans funded their way into another tax universe: “Operating largely out of public view -- in tax court, through arcane legislative provisions and...
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 10:30am
Why the Islamic State Is the Minor Leagues of Terror
It’s time to panic! As 2015 ended, this country was certifiably terror-stricken. It had the Islamic State (IS) on the brain. Hoax terror threats or terror imbroglios shut down school systems from Los Angeles to New Hampshire , Indiana to a rural county in Virginia. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra,...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 10:30am
World without Context: Why the News Couldn't Be Worse
Sometimes what matters most takes up every inch of space in the room and somehow we still don’t see it. That’s how I feel about our present media moment. Let me put it this way: I’m a creature of habit, and one of those habits has long been watching NBC Nightly News, previously with anchor Brian...
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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 1:45pm
Was San Bernardino the End of Civilization as We Know It?
Who can’t feel that something’s in the air? Some mood of fear, panic, and pure meanness ratcheting up in the planet’s “exceptional” nation. Or at least exceptionally jumpy nation. In the wake of the San Bernardino slaughter and news of an online pledge of loyalty to the Islamic State (IS) by one of...
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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 9:45am
Emperor Weather: Planet Earth and the Imperial Apocalypse of Climate Change
For six centuries or more, history was, above all, the story of the great game of empires. From the time the first wooden ships mounted with cannons left Europe’s shores, they began to compete for global power and control. Three, four, even five empires, rising and falling, on an increasingly...
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 12:15pm
Saying Anything: GOP Candidates Have Built Election Season from Hell
Here is what’s grimly fascinating in this year’s dystopian carnival of a Republican presidential primary. When it comes to what can be said in America, all bets are off. These days, the concept of “ beyond the pale ” couldn’t look more wan. All of a sudden, there’s nothing, no matter how jingoistic...
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