Who Rules Washington? The Fourth Branch?

  Tomgram: Engelhardt, Who Rules Washington? | TomDispatch. In their 2010 Washington Post series “Top Secret America,” Dana Priest and William Arkin offered this thumbnail summary of the extent of that boom for the U.S. Intelligence Community: “In Washington and the surrounding area,” they wrote, “33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction […]

Empire: why we need to watch what we’re building

Every minute, the United States government spends $2.2 million on the military. “a phenomenon largely ignored in the mainstream media….” “In 2004, the Pentagon was, for instance, already building the first of its 505 bases, the biggest among them meant to be “enduring,” in Iraq — American ziggurats, I called them at the time. Some […]

Enough bases to sink the world

The Pentagon’s Planet of Bases … (America’s Pentagon? Yes!) India, a rising power, almost had one (but the Tajiks said no). China, which last year became the world’s second largest economy as well as the planet’s leading energy consumer, and is expanding abroad like mad (largely via trade and the power of the purse), still […]