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 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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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:15am
Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity
As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the Caribbean, where a revolutionary named Fidel Castro seized power from a corrupt but U.S.-friendly regime run by...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:15pm
The Senate Drone Report of 2019: Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror
It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars and other American air...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:30am
The National Security State as a Criminal Enterprise
It came from the top and that’s never been a secret. The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known as “enhanced interrogation techniques” and has spoken of this with a certain pride. The president’s top officials essentially put in an order at...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:30am
Peace: Missing In Action
Often enough when something goes missing, it takes a while to realize that it’s gone. An example that came to me recently is the once-commonplace word “peace.” It’s not just that, in a time of public dissatisfaction with America’s wars, there’s no mention of a “peace movement” or “peace signs,” but...
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