"Dirty Wars" w/ journalist Jeremy Scahill

Date(s) - Wednesday 05/22/2013 - 05/23/2013
11:00 pm - 1:00 am

Jeremy ScahillJeremy Scahill, author of “Blackwater: The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” and “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” will speak at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income). Advance tickets are available by clicking here.

This event is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War, Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Albany chapter.

On April 23, Nation Books author and Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow Jeremy Scahill released his newest book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” (Nation Books, 2013). Scahill is currently on a multi-city book tour, include this stop in Troy NY. “Dirty Wars” debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list for May 12, 2013.

Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and the author of the New York Times best-seller “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” (Nation Books, 2007). He is the writer, with David Riker, and a producer of the documentary feature film “Dirty Wars”–which will be released by IFC Films throughout North America in June 2013. Note: The film will NOT be screened at tonight’s event.

In his two-part series on how Washington helped create its enemies in the post-9/11 era, Tom Engelhardt wrote extensively about “Dirty Wars” for TomDispatch. He says:

“Chalmers Johnson was, you might say, our first blowback scholar. Now, more than a decade later, we have a book from our first blowback reporter. His name is Jeremy Scahill… Scahill’s reporting couldn’t be more incisive on the subject. ‘Dirty Wars’ is really the secret history of how Washington launched a series of undeclared wars in the backlands of the planet and killed its way to something that ever more closely resembled an actual global war, creating a world of enemies out of next to nothing.”

In “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” Jeremy Scahill takes us inside America’s new covert wars. 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.

Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA’s Special Activities Division, and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals, and direct drone, AC-130, and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.

“Dirty Wars” follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of America’s covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.

As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk–we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his brave reporting, he exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.

Dirty Wars website

Scahill on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “How Obama has made assassination a component of his security policy”

Scahill on Democracy Now Part II: “Obama’s Expanding Drone Attacks”

Jeremy Scahill on RT TV’s Breaking the Set: “Terror Begets Terror”