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    The Collective “Wisdom” of the U.S. Intelligence Community

    Photo by iStock/RuskppThis piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.They call themselves the U.S. “Intelligence Community,” or the IC. If you include the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which in 2005 began as a crew of 12 people, including its director, ...

    The Future is Not Ours (and Neither is the Past)

    Requiem for the American Century: Turning 70, paragraph by paragraph First paragraphs on turning 70 in the American Century that was:- Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher ...

    Documenting Darkness

    Anatomy of a thug state. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. Here, at least, is a place to start: intelligence officials have weighed in with an estimate of just how many secret files National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took with him when he headed for Hong Kong last ...

    Teenagers in Space (The Secret History of G.I. Joe, Part 2)

    How warfare reentered childhood  [The following excerpt from Tom Engelhardt’s book The End of Victory Culture is posted with permission from the University of Massachusetts Press. Part 1, “The Secret History of G.I. Joe (Part 1),” can be found by clicking here.This essay originally ...

    The Secret History of G.I. Joe (Part 1)

    Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and making war in children's culture.[The following excerpt, from Tom Engelhardt’s book, The End of Victory Culture, is posted with permission from the University of Massachusetts Press, and originally appeared at Tom Dispatch.]1. The First Coming of G.I. JoeIt was ...

    The Enemy-Industrial Complex

    From right-wing think tanks to Homeland Security to the “drone lobby,” a lot’s riding on the constant threat of global terrorism. Here’s how it all started.   This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. The communist enemy, with the “world’s fourth largest military,” has ...

    The Visible Government

    This post originally appeared at TomDispatch. Weren’t those the greatest of days if you were in the American spy game? Governments went down in Guatemala and Iran thanks to you. In distant Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam, what a role you played! And even that botch-up of an invasion in Cuba ...

    The Remotely Piloted American Way of Life

    This article was originally posted on TomDispatch.***In the American mind, if Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press here. They have generally been greetedas if they were the sleekest of iPhones armed with missiles.When the ...

    It Can’t Happen Here

    This post originally appeared at TomDispatch.***Exclusive: New Iranian Commando Team Operating Near U.S.(Tehran, FNA) The Fars News Agency has confirmed with the Republican Guard’s North American Operations Command that a new elite Iranian commando team is operating in the U.S.-Mexican border ...

    How the Movies Saved My Life

    This post originally appeared at TomDispatch and in a slightly different form in the October issue of Harper's Magazine.***Every childhood has its own geography and every child is an explorer, as daring as any Peary or Amundsen or Scott. I was the mildest of children, such a picky eater that my ...

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