jeremy scahill – dirty wars

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michael hastings remembered.

what happens to us when we finally see what’s hidden in plain sight..


Jeremy Scahill Dirty Wars Charlie Rose

Published on Jun 28, 2013

MY ESSAY: Portrait Of A War Criminal: An Addendum To Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars”


Noam Chomsky (2013) Full Discussion with Jeremy Scahill and Amy Goodman

Published on May 24, 2013

Chomsky discusses the book “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” with author Jeremy Scahill and Amy Goodman. Thanks to Democracy Now for this video.

[18-22 min Stanley McChrystal]


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may 2013:

How Do You Surrender To A Drone?

Published on May 26, 2013 

Journalist Jeremy Scahill spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on May 22, 2013 on the eve of President Obama’s address on drone policy, just after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. wrote a letter to members of Congress acknowledging the deaths of four Americans, including Anwar al-Awlaki, in counterterrorism strikes “outside of areas of active hostilities.” Though these strikes had long been the subject of press reports about the administration’s use of drones, the letter marks the first time the classified operations have been publicly acknowledged.

Just as in his new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times bestseller “Blackwater: The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” takes us inside America’s new covert wars. He describes how the foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.

6:28 – nationality: human

31: – lost family/children et al in bombings – creates the ugly starfish

50:50 – we’re going to look back a decade from now and realized we crossed a line

52 – para-military response to everything..

1:00: – nothing is going to change into large corporations (via moneys on elections) keep calling the shots

1:00; – message – is that it actually doesn’t matter who the americans elect

we need to wage our own hearts and minds campaign


may 2013:



watch the documentary.

read the book.

stuff we should know… wake up about…

14:52 – again the bad side of the starfish

16:30 – you say al qaeda is terrorism, your drones are terrorism..

43 – we will look back and realize we were asleep at the wheel…

44 – if we could just see people as human beings.. it would be hard for these policies to continue

45 – rush to judgments always…

49 – adopt a story of someone.. of where it went wrong.. empathy – why we don’t want this to happen ever again..

1:04 – the real heroes are not known..


on the tonight show:

jeremy on tonight show

3 rules:

1. journalists should those in power accountable, whether demo or repub

2. give voice to the voiceless

3. provide american public with info they can use to make informed decisions


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first look media: the intercept


interview with sarah morrison nov 2013:

jeremy scahill interview nov 2013


nov 2013 interview via huffpo:

scahill huffinton post nov

“Clinton was President, and the US was waging war through economic sanctions in Iraq. I travelled to all these hospitals and it was like visiting death row for infants. The Iraqi people were essentially being punished for not overthrowing Saddam Hussein, and I had a sense that what I wanted to do with my life was tell the story of people that were voiceless.”

 Ultimately, there is an epic battle between large corporations and ordinary people. Part of what I’m trying to do is unmask that conflict, but I have no illusions about how difficult that is.


feb 2014:

oscars dirty wars

the book isn’t based on the film, the film isn’t based on the book.. just happened at same time.. we didn’t go to make a film… 

name explained starting at 12 min – paraphrase – war has always been dirty.. but since obama – the dirty-ness of it is trying to get legalized.. ok’d…. etc..

very end – Rick shares:

the people let us film because they believed if americans saw what was really going on – they would help stop it.. so their trust in americans.. even after what americans had done to them.. inspired us..


oct 2014:

“The United States, through its policies, created the very threat that it claims to be fighting now,” explains journalist Jeremy Scahill. “And in continuing this policy, what President Obama is doing is embracing the very lies that made the Cheney-Bush Iraq War possible.”

“This is an epic formula for blowback.”

48 min – guilty until proven innocent – ie: if killed in strike assumed part of enemy until proven otherwise

51 min – lockheed martin is making a killing off the killing.. the war industry is the greatest beneficiary off this policy

52 min – this is inspired by what we did (ie: orange suits, waterboarded)

they’ve figured out an algorithm that keeps their civilian death rate at 0

so empire-ish – money behind so much

bush/clinton – monarchy ish

58 min – until we as a society stop cutting off who’s going to be held responsible at the lowest ranking level.. nothing is going to change..


nytimes oct 2014:

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

“We would have certainly included this case if we had known about it,” he said, “and not just for obvious medical reasons but because here was exactly the kind of wounds at the very heart of the reason the government sent our nation to war.”


jan 2015

Charlie Hebdo: This Attack Was Nothing To Do With Free Speech — It Was About War


jan 2015 posted on fb by democracy now:

Jeremy Scahill appeared on Democracy Now! today (watch here and here and posted a new piece at The Intercept (read here: on the attacks in Paris, possible links to Yemen and Anwar al-Awlaki, and the “circus of hypocrisy” of having world leaders like Bibi and Sisi lead a march in defense of free expression.
20 min – rather than leaders part of the march – should have sent journalists they had persecuted
Jeremy tells the background story of Awlaki
52 min – the only way to we’re going to affectively confront this kind of terrorism is to take away the justification or motivation… a lot of these people.. something happened in their lives.. similar to what happens to school shootings here. …. who catches you when you fall. .. people are looking for some kind of greater meaning.. with what we’ve done.. we have projected a message that we are at war with religion… if we want to confront this.. we have to understand our role in legitimizing it
54 min – boko haram
57 min – the day of the french shooting, aqap attacked and killed 30 people in sana


jan 2015:

terror analysts profit from fear


may 2015

somolia al shabaab

Rep. Ellison compares the current U.S. government approach to radicalized Westerners like Ibrahim who join Shabaab to the U.S. war on drugs in its shortsightedness. “In the middle of the drug war, even people who questioned it knew that drugs hurt people, drugs are bad, drugs are not healthy. But do we really want to lock up people for it or do we want to introduce some treatment options here?” He adds, “Same thing now with this. There’s no doubt that all these groups, like al Shabaab, Boko Haram, ISIS and all the rest are horrible, malevolent groups, but how do we defeat them? Is just gunning them down and using military and prison against them going to ultimately defeat them? Or maybe we have to find a way to defeat and undermine the ideology itself.”

Toward this end, circulating stories like Ibrahim’s would be extremely useful, he believes. “The American people don’t know enough about the mindset of anybody who would be attracted to a terrorist reality. We just think that there are bad people and there are good people,” says Ellison. “The truth is there are kids that hate Gitmo, that hate drones, they don’t like our national foreign policy, that are highly critical of it, but that doesn’t make them a terrorist.”


The people that have been attracted to Shabaab have realized that the kind of ideology that they have seen and the actions of the leadership of al Shabaab is contradictory to what they were expecting,” Omar told The Intercept. “These are young kids who have been brainwashed. I think if they come to their senses, I think people need to be given a second chance, amnesty.”



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Since we learned Dan Berrigan passed yesterday, my house has been filled with Dan’s writing, his voice & this song:…

better the files than the bodies of children

i had no right before the love of you

i went for peace they dropped their bombs.. right where my govt knew i would be


may 2016 – the assassination complex

35 min – whoa… everyone  killed by drones … labeled not civilian until proven not terrorist – jeremy
41 min – snowden’s writing

Just amazing how people blame the tiny % of people who vote 3rd party before they ever factor in the awful flaws of their chosen candidate.

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If your analysis is that the electoral system in the US is fair and works, then you boxed yourself in to accepting Trump’s legitimacy.

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we have the tech capabilities (io dance ness) to redefine decision making.. disengage from consensus.. be\cause public consensus always oppresses someone (s)


I reported on (Trump appointee) Betsy DeVos, her husband, Dick, Amway, religious right, funding extremist causes in my Blackwater book:

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“I would say directly that Betsy DeVos lied in her testimony to the Senate” – @jeremyscahill on Education Nominee

seed money to radical religious right..   radical privatization in education… bring the kingdom of god… funnel public funds into religious schools


Speech I gave on Trump admin in DC inauguration weekend: Free ebook of that event:

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Libs/Dems would suddenly tout “Dirty Wars” if @jeremyscahill re-released it & replaced Obama with Trump, now that it is Trump’s kill list


@davidsirota or… I could become a Democratic strategist if I remixed it and called it “Clean Wars”


At The Intercept, we believe in holding those in power accountable, and our mission couldn’t be more urgent right now. With Donald Trump and his cronies consolidating power, we’ve launched a weekly podcast: Intercepted. Every week, I will bring on guests and colleagues to discuss the most pressing stories—those unfolding in public and the ones hidden in the shadows.

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THE FIRST CONTESTANT in Donald Trump’s reality administration has left the West Wing. This week on Intercepted, Glenn Greenwald offers some provocative pushback on the Russia fearmongering surrounding Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation (or firing). Naomi Klein walks the dark aisles of the Trump family department store. Former Rep. Liz Holtzman, a key figure in the impeachment of Richard Nixon, explains how impeachment actually works, and how the smoke around Trump could fuel a fire aimed at unseating him. Hina Shamsi of the ACLU recounts her interrogation at the border — which echoes the treatment her clients have received. And underground hip-hop legend Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks sends in some verses.


Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) tweeted at 5:35 AM – 10 Mar 2017 :

The Navy SEAL raid in Yemen that Trump called “highly successful” was actually a massacre of innocents (


Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 15 Mar 2017 :

BREAKING: At least 25 killed in a suicide bomb blast inside a court complex in Damascus (

Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) tweeted at 12:08 PM – 14 Mar 2017 :

UN report finds Damascus water supply was destroyed by government airstrikes, not poisoned by rebel groups: (


Salon (@Salon) tweeted at 5:30 AM – 10 Apr 2017 :

Award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill scolded the media. (


Scahill & Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?