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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, not even U.S. citizens. Director Richard Rowley and whistle-blower Scahill s DIRTY WARS is a chilling battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists.
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It is a compelling documentary, well-researched and a story well told, but it is obvious the author disagrees with the US policy of hunting bad guys with either local warlords, special ops troops or drone strikes. This worldwide hunt for terrorists can obviously lead to innocent collateral deaths, and this is what Scahill focuses on. He actually gains access to members of Congress, former military special forces operators, and even families who lost loved ones to US military-led attacks in their villages. He also interviews the Father of US-born cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, who joined the Jihad against the West and preached the gospel to his followers in the US and Yemen. He was actually killed in a US drone strike in 2011.
Overall, an interesting documentary and a different perspective from a disillusioned journalist who disagrees with his country's response to terrorism and it's collateral damage when innocent civilian bystanders lose their lives. I do recommend this, but suggest there is a different perspective on night raids and terrorist-hunting by special ops, which often result in completing their mission---killing terrorists targeting US troops or US targets.
Is there any wonder, the US has gone from one of the most envied and respected to being the most feared and despised nation in the world?
We can take solace in the fact We the People "did not" actually, legally, elect these depraved diabolical thugs, along with their puppet masters, into office. Unfortunately, as is always the case, We the People are left to clean up the devastating mess.
The bottom line? Unfortunately, I believe him. I wonder who gains from this very wrong, very bad, policy, because it certainly isn’t the vast majority of Americans. I have always been concerned with the idea of American Exceptionalism because it is far too easy to pervert the virtue of patriotism. We are changing from a nation of law, committed to the “Four Freedoms” to a kind of heedless nationalism that justifies anything in pursuit of economic advantage. Even if you think we have never yet been on the wrong side of history… there’s always a first time.
It is also interesting to see Scahill at work chasing down stories and uncovering JSOC's role as essentially the paramilitary wing of the White House. It is particularly disconcerting to hear about Obama's personal phone call to keep a Yemeni journalist in jail for revealing the presence of US drone strikes in Yemen. Scahill is a sharp journalist and a man with a big heart. This is a must watch for anyone who has followed his journalistic career as a result of being concerned about the human costs of America's so-called "war on terror."
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Jeremy is my personal hero. This documentary should be obligatory for everybody to know in what world we are living,