Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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The Dangerous Dignity of War

Why it only takes a bit of a bomb-dropping and sabre-rattling to rally the reporters and bestow a presidential aura on our leaders.

#VetsVsHate – and Trump

‘It’s part of a long and disturbing pattern of Donald Trump using veterans as a political prop, both for his own self-advantage and to advance an agenda of bigotry and hate,’ said Perry O’Brien, a US Army veteran.

How to Militarize Your Local Police

Voicing alarm over the U.S. police force's 'warrior mentality.'

Even If You Have Nothing to Hide

Story after story, fueled by leaks from former security contractor Edward Snowden, is uncovering a U.S. surveillance empire with unprecedented reach and breadth.

There’s Always Money for War

There is something uniquely disturbing about an industry that not only has incentive to push for war as part of its business plan, but also possesses the lobbying power to move lawmakers who might otherwise object to White House designs.

End Illegal Spying; Don’t Shoot the Whistleblower

What were the elected officials doing for weeks before realizing that runaway surveillance programs might actually be dangerous and unconstitutional? Rather than facing unpleasant facts, they've preferred to kill the proverbial messenger.

A Nobel Prize for Drone Strikes?: Obama’s War on Terror

Are you between age 16 and 60 in a part of the global South targeted by the Pentagon? Until proven innocent, you're counted as a combatant if hit.

How Many Gun Massacres More?

A radical proposal would go well beyond controlling the most aggressive semi-automatic rifles and curbing arms sales to the world's worst dictatorships. It would also demand a change in our political system.

Guantanamo Has Got to Go

Protesting Ten Years of Indefinite Detention

The Indestructable Osprey

Many agree that the V-22 Osprey is a major bust, so why does the government keep authorizing spending on it?