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Security State

American Jihad 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In bang-for-the-buck practical terms, Washington's national security state should be viewed as a remarkable failure. And yet, in faith-based terms, it couldn't be a greater success. Its false gods are largely accepted by acclamation and regularly worshiped in Washington and beyond.

Scared to Death

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Don't call this America a "police state," not given what that came to mean in the previous century, nor a "totalitarian" state, given what that meant back then. The truth is that we have no appropriate name, label, or descriptive term for ourselves.

Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

You will be denounced as a traitor, a defector, a criminal, and your acts called treasonous, even if you're one of the last hopes of the American republic.

The Making of a Global Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's urge to take control of the global communications environment, lock, stock, and chat room, to gather its "data" -- billions and billions of pieces of it -- and so turn the world into a secret set of connections, represents a remarkable development.