Category Archives: Jeremy Scahill

The Drone Papers Digested: The “Assassination Complex”

In what follows, I want to summarize the main findings from the release of the “drone papers” by the Intercept in late 2015. These documents, from a 2013 Pentagon report, offer a snapshot of U.S. manhunting by JSOC Special Forces … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars – UK Screenings

Last night I was lucky enough to be a panelist at the Scottish screening of “Dirty Wars” in Edinburgh. I also met the producers of the documentary, Anthony Arnove and Brenda Coughlin. Aside from being a great film, the cinema’s … Continue reading

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Creating Monsters (Dirty Wars, A Review, Part 6)

This is my final report on Jeremy Scahill’s must-read book, Dirty Wars. It covers counter-terrorist operations in Yemen. Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 1: The Rise of Neoconservatives Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 2: The … Continue reading

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Blowback Somalia (Dirty Wars, a Review, Part 5)

Tragedy, farce, disaster—it’s difficult to assess the consequences of over a decade of U.S. intervention in Somalia. The CIA spent millions of dollars funding brutal warlords that tore up the social fabric of the country. As a direct result, a … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars, A Review, Part 4: The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan)

Iraq The Iraqi occupation (2003-2011) was a mecca for the U.S. military’s Special Operations Forces and a new phase in counter-insurgency that resurrected the CIA’s gruesome tactics of the Vietnam-era of the 1960s. And was a dream come true for … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 3: Lawfare, or “Operational Preparation of the Battlespace”

Law exacerbates and enables war. For the most part it provides a code or system for legitimizing state violence. At least, this is the case with US Special Forces operating around the globe. It’s partly misleading to characterize their activities … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 2: The Rise of JSOC

Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 2: The Rise of JSOC Scahill’s book is first and foremost a book about the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Critics of America’s dirty wars usually focus on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). And there’s … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 1: The Rise of Neoconservatives

Dirty Wars, by Jeremy Scahill Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” is a masterpiece of independent journalism that explores the spread of U.S. paramilitary violence in the shadows. I have taken far too many notes (!) so … Continue reading

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Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions

I’m about 100-pages into Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield”. I’m a big fan of his investigative journalism, and already the book is proving to be a real-eye opener – lifting the lid on the U.S.’ planet-wide … Continue reading

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Scahill on CIA ‘blowback’ in Somalia

An excellent Nation report on the CIA’s involvement in Somali politics, warlordism, and the rise of Al Shabab. In any case, the Shabab’s meteoric rise in Somalia, and the legacy of terror it has wrought, is blowback sparked by a decade of … Continue reading

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