Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

The World Is A Battlefield

Book - 2013
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A New York Times bestseller
Now also an Oscar-nominated documentary

In Dirty Wars , Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackwater , 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 these 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, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781568586717
Branch Call Number: 355 .00973 SCA
Characteristics: xxiv, 642 p., [8] p. of plates :,col. ill., maps, ports. (some col.) ;,25 cm

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A12Oxcart
Nov 23, 2015

This book and poorly written and should be seen as a hyperbole and factually incorrect book. The author has very little knowledge about Special Operations, or the Military in general, he uses incorrect terms throughout the book, such as "flak vest", and is prone to making poorly supported emotional statements without any regard to actual Rules of Engagement. The author attempts to cast JSOC, the premier American Special Operations Command, as being full of murders, and states that "If they're's one person they're after, and 34 other people in the building, they'll bomb it anyway", a factually incorrect statement that flies in the face of the actual ROE. Additionally he seems very confused about what JSOC is, jumping all over the place and confusing JSOC, a joint-military command, with the CIA, a telling error. His repeat barbs at JSOC are almost comical when you consider that if he were captured on his trips to Somali and other dangerous areas they would be the ones to rescue him. He fails to mention actual oversight, or to mention how members of JSOC have been cleared in inquiries into their behavior, and paints a picture of American operatives killing people indiscriminately worldwide, a factually incorrect and hyperbole laced statement. Dirty Wars is ultimately the twisted views of a man who uses poor sources and twisted logic, something you would expect out of a rabid far-left student, not a serious author.

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IulianHectorNarada
Oct 12, 2015

p. 249-50:

PAKISTAN AND WASHINGTON, DC, 2009 —

The day after Obama signed his executive orders, CIA director Michael Hayden briefed him on an operation the Agency was about to conduct inside Pakistan: a drone strike near the Afghan border. The targets, Hayden told the president, were upper-tier al Qaeda and Taliban members. Later that day, two Hellfire missiles hit compounds in North and South Waziristan.

The first strike hit in a small village near Mir Ali, in North Waziristan, around 5:00 p.m. local time. The second struck a compound in the village of Karez Kot in South Waziristan at around 8:30 p.m. Hayden, weeks away from leaving the Agency, admitted to the president that the main HVTs had not been hit but told him that “at least five al Qaeda militants” had died. “Good,” said Obama, who made clear that he favored escalating drone strikes in Pakistan.

As the US intelligence officers monitored the footage from the January 23 drone strikes, it became clear that civilians had been killed. John Brennan went straight to the president and told him what had happened. Five “militants” may have died in the strikes, but they were not the only ones killed. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the first strike in North Waziristan killed between seven and fifteen people, nearly all of them civilians.* Many of the slain were from one family. One boy was reported to have survived, albeit with a skull fracture, a perforated stomach and the loss of an eye.** The second strike in South Waziristan struck the “wrong house” and killed five to eight civilians, according to subsequent reports. Many of the dead, including at least two children, were the family members of a tribal elder, who was also killed. [“Obama 2009 Pakistan Strikes.”] The elder was reportedly a member of a “pro-government peace committee.” [Daniel Klaidman, Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), p. 40.]

* “Obama 2009 Pakistan Strikes,” Bureau of Investigative Journalism, August 10, 2011,
https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/08/10/obama-2009-strikes/

** Reprieve, “Complaint Against the United States of America for the Killing of Innocent Citizens of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the UN Human Rights Council,” February 23, 2012, http://www.reprieve.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2012_02_22_PUB-FINAL-UN-HRC-Complaint.pdf

The complaint was filed on behalf of the victims of different strikes, including Ejaz Ahmad, whose relatives were among those killed and injured by the strike in question.

Obama summoned Hayden for a face-to-face meeting and demanded a full briefing on the drone program’s protocols. Despite the scores of national security briefings Obama had received from the time he became the Democratic nominee for president, it was the first the new president had heard of what the CIA called “signature strikes.” Beginning in the closing months of the Bush administration, the Agency had begun targeting people based on patterns of life rather than specific intelligence. The CIA said that “military aged males” who were part of a large gathering of people in a particular region or had contacts with other suspected militants or terrorists could be considered fair targets for drone strikes. A positive ID was not necessary to strike, only some of the “signatures” the Agency had developed to identify suspected terrorists.

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stewstealth
Oct 01, 2014

An excellent (mostly) unbiased look into the "War on Terror". Is it a global battlefield where the constitution is put on hold or a question of law enforcement. This book asks and answers many questions in this regard. Are targeted drone strikes which kill innocent civilians increasing the amount of terrorists? Who decides who should be killed? This book is definitely worth reading.

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sharonon
Jul 22, 2014

A eye-opening account of what the "war on terror" was really all about, and how it has been, and, to a large degree, is still being fought.
It makes one wonder whether some of the problems of some veterans is not so much about what they saw or what happened to them, but about what they were forced to do.

It is also enlightening and frightening in regard to the real underlying motive of much of our actions: the desire to concentrate power in the presidency, beyond the view of either Congress or the public, or, for that matter, even other long-established regulatory agencies of the executive branch.
Combine this book with The Brothers, about the reign of the Dulleses over foreign policy in the 1950s and 1960s and you will have a whole new understanding of our world and how we have influenced it.

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richibi
Jun 14, 2014

Bush began the American descent into barbarism, Obama seems to be institutionalizing it, the States is now taking no prisoners, despite the proscriptions of its Constitution, for better, it would appear, or for worse

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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 02, 2014

Read this and see if you still think we're the Good Guys.

garden00 Dec 28, 2013

Start page 265

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franzkafka
Oct 31, 2013

Obama vs Bush? "Meet the New Boss. Same as The Old Boss".

Maybe even worse.

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delfon
Oct 18, 2013

not sure if this will remakin, but the verbal interview may be rediculous; read teh comments section for a views, from presumed Americans. They still do nolt understand, killing without habeus corpus, without evidence, without trial, is wrong in a free society.
What a mixed up, messed up, immoral society the US is..
Mix this with "Family of secrets" (the Bush family), or Narcoland (why drugs are so rampant -- see Reagan--)--- or, why the economy is so dysfunctional, see the great deformation, by stockman.
We are living next to a dying rabid monster.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/05/jeremy-scahill-americas-dirty-war?zid=319&ah=17af09b0281b01505c226b1e574f5cc1

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zedea
Sep 09, 2013

this book "demands" your attention to the world stage "theatre of war"...what we don't know...will hurt us!

The USA has proved themselves the "true terrorists" in the game of torture, murder, spying...wars equal power and money to the American political enterprise.

THINK...QUESTION EVERYTHING AND AGAIN..................... QUESTION EVERTHING!

eventually it will be clear to you ...who really is the most dangerous country in the world. It sickens me to know our country sleeps with the "enemy".

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franzkafka
Oct 31, 2013

From tribal leader in Yemen whose village was wrongly targeted for vicious US-Yemeni puppet gov't attack: "If they kill innocent children and call them al Qaeda, then we are all al Qaeda. If children are terrorists then we are all terrorists".

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