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Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the hidden world of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond. Part action film and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report on a deadly U.S. night raid in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). As Scahill digs deeper into the activities of JSOC, he is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix, and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the "kill list," including U.S. citizens.Written by
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Kabul, Afghanistan, four in the morning. As an American jounalist I was used to finding stories in the middle of the night. But there is always something eerie, driving through the deserted streets. A city of three million, barely a streetlight on. There was a familiar routine, waiting for the crew to light up the next set so that you could see something in the background. But what could we really see?
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The Nation correspondent Jeremy Scahill came to worldwide attention when he exposed the presence of private security firm Blackwater in Iraq. His documentary "Dirty Wars" shows that the debacle in Iraq was part of something larger. The so called war on terrorism has turned into an excuse for the Pentagon to do whatever it wants: an endless war on every continent. If the US army is the world's police force, then the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is the SWAT team given free rein. From Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia, JSOC intends to spend eternity looking for more action. This includes assassinations without trial.
Scahill's documentary came out around the time that Edward Snowden exposed the NSA's tactics. Both show the criminality and lawlessness in which the US government has been engaging. It's no accident that the US is seen as the biggest threat to world peace.
Definitely see it.
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