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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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:30am
Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying
Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer : 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:15am
On Being An Indispensable Nation... In Flames
It was May 23, 2012, and President Obama was giving a graduation speech at the Air Force Academy when he told the assembled cadets that they should "never bet against the United States of America... [because] the United States has been, and will always be, the one indispensable nation in world...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:15am
Inside the Terrordome: ISIS and America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria
It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued. At some...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 4:15am
A Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower in the Age of Blowback
Note: The following is excerpted from Tom Engelhardt's just-published book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World , with a foreword by Glenn Greenwald. It appears here on Common Dreams with kind permision from the publisher, Haymarket...
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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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