A Somalia WarLord financed by the US to interrogate and kill suspected terrorists considered America, a War Master, a great educator in the art of War and killing. Not what we had in mind for the US's PR, is it?
“Dirty Wars” is Jeremy Scahill's book and film that investigates American strikes that killed civilians with no apparent ties to terrorist groups, beginning with a raid in Afghanistan, that killed several members of a family. An Afghan police chief, taught and financed in the ways of War by the US and three women were among the dead. This one series of killings by bearded men from the US, flown in at night and striking wherever they want, leads to many more such strikes. They are all denied and kept secret until a BBC journalist provides evidence. What we learn is that these killings of innocents that are adding up to the thousands , may be radicalizing Muslims. The American cleric-turned-Qaeda firebrand Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by drones in September 2011, was put on the kill list. No capture nor charges, nor judge or jury, only assassination. Mr. Scahill said. “We are making more new enemies than we are killing actual terrorists.”
We have long heard of secret, covert groups of military who answer only to the President, who kill and assassinate, capture and torture, but now we are doing this with our own Americans. The secret group us calked, JSOC, Joint Special Operations. JSOC’s mission, is identifying and destroying terrorists and terror cells worldwide. Paramilitary personnel are often exchanged between JSOC and CIA. By the early 1980s, CIA and military veterans were running counter-insurgency and counter-terror ops worldwide. General Paul Gorman, who commanded U.S. forces in Central America in the mid-1980′s, defined this advanced form of Dirty War as "a form of warfare repugnant to Americans, a conflict which involves innocents, in which non-combatant casualties may be an explicit object."
JSOC now operates in over 70 countries, killing thousands, many of them innocents. Drones are flying in many countries. Is this how we want our country to operate? Jeremy Scahill has also been an outspoken critic of President Obama. He disapproves of what the administration’s efforts to “normalize and legitimize” targeted assassinations — drone-executed and otherwise — Special Operations raids and other covert military practices that blur the battle lines of the war on terrorism.
This is a very thought provoking film, filled with interviews from informants and those who cannot give their names. Today, there was a raid in Yemen, and it was associated with JSOC. Frightening, what have we wrought.
Recommended. prisrob 10-28-14
I will try to review this film without political bias because everyone who sees it will have their own opinion about the content and the director's personal agenda. Jeremy Scahill tells his story in a deadpan style that doesn't big himself up too much and surprisingly doesn't overly demonise either side. He tells his story then steps back and says 'what do you think?'
Whilst in Afghanistan he hears of an attack on a remote village that appears to have been carried out by American Special Forces but no one will admit responsibility. What he uncovers spurs him on to take the case to Congress where he is brushed off. He continued to investigate and discovered the existence of a shadowy wing of the armed forces called Joint Special Operations Command who had been around a lot longer than anyone thought and had expanded their field of operations from Iraq and Afghanistan to seventy five countries, countries where the USA was not at war and with the authority of the president were now killing at will including US citizens. Since he started the film JSOC have now come out into the public eye as being behind the execution of Osama bin Laden and are feted as national heroes.
This is a well filmed and thought provoking documentary that raises intelligent questions about what sort of world we want to live in and the price the rest of the world has to pay.