The UK theatrical premiere of Dirty Wars plays out to a full house at the Ritzy Cinema. Kat Craig of Reprieve moderated a discussion with Jeremy Scahill after the screening. — at Ritzy Cinema.
Published on May 10, 2013
Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy Goodman discuss the book “Dirty Wars” (Full Speech and Discussion)
It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill (author of BLACKWATER: The Rise of the World’s Most Mercenary Army) traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even a U.S. citizen. Director Richard Rowley takes us on a chilling ride with whistle-blower Scahill. Dirty Wars is a battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists.
A new survey of press freedom around the world that finds the United States has plunged 13 spots, now ranking just 46th among 180 countries. The annual survey by Reporters Without Borders also says Syria is the most dangerous country for journalists, showing a correlation between conflict zones and a low level of press freedom. Other countries that fell lower than in the previous year’s survey, include the civil-war-torn Central African Republic, down 43 spots to 109, and Guatemala, where four journalists were killed last year alone. This comes as the United Nations General Assembly recently adopted its first resolution on the safety of journalists. The group has now called on the United Nations to monitor how member states meet their obligations to protect reporters. We are joined by Delphine Halgand of Reporters Without Borders.
I had to make this post to go with my post below. Such a GREAT Q&A/conversation!!!
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Sierra Adamson talks to Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and writer for The National, about some of the under-reported issues such as drone strikes in the Middle East, Obama’s kill list/Disposition Matrix, NDAA, use of the Espionage Act against whistle-blowers. Jeremy talks about the assassination of the 16 year old American citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike authorized by President Obama and the response Robert Gibbs recently gave us when we questioned him on it. He discusses the left’s disregard of their anti-war principles in favor of being loyal to leaders in their own party and the war propaganda that is fed to Americans through mass media.
Videos mentioned at the beginning of this interview:
Robert Gibbs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MwB2znBZ1g&feature=plcp
Peter King – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6GQr8m5cOY&feature=plcp
Jeremy Scahill’s upcoming documentary investigates the implications of America’s foreign policies and the covert war in Yemen. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/03/201231105957403222.html