Jeremy Scahill, the award winning investigative journalist, national security & war correspondent, and international best selling author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army has a new book and movie coming out.
The book, Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield comes out today. The documentary premiered at Sundance and was picked up for distribution by IFC/Sundance Selects.
The senior Programmer of Sundance summarizes the subject matter as follows:
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. Prior to 9/11, it was customary for America to sound a formal declaration of war on a given country before attacking. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in hidden corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the most secret and elite fighting force in U.S. history, exposing covert 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 if the person is a U.S. citizen. Director Richard Rowley takes us on a chilling ride with fearless whistle-blower Scahill. Dirty Wars is a battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists.