Jeremy Scahill on Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield

  • May 31, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Nation Books and The New School present Nation Books author and Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow Jeremy Scahill in conversation with Spencer Ackerman, a national security reporter and blogger for Wired magazine.

In Scahill's newest book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield(Nation Books, April 2013), he 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. Through his brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.

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 has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Democracy Now!, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill's work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism's highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, selected for the US documentary competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

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  • Jean

    Ryan, many thanks for organizing this event. For anyone who missed the talk (or even if you were there), you can watch the full talk here: http://www.nationinstitute.org/blog/nationbooks/3287/jeremy_scahill_at_the_new_school_-_live_stream/

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Donna

    Thank you for putting this together!!! I feel more aware. Sorry, I ran off at the end but I am looking forward to more great meetings.

    June 2, 2013

  • Allan

    Thought provoking lecture. I realize this wasn't possible but I wish I could have heard the other side of the issue. The two people on stage were so one-sided in their views and the audience jus eat it all up. While I don't agree with everything the administration does in protecting us I think if we strictly abided by Scahill's views we'd be in trouble.

    June 1, 2013

    • Barbara

      Alan...then you need to attend another lecture which would give you the chance to hear the other side of the issue. We all know Scahill's views on the government. Surprised that you would have expected a less unbiased talk?? Personally I completely agree with Scahill and this country is in big trouble.

      June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for setting this up Ryan- it was great (and wonderful to meet you)...bonus, 2nd time in 2 yrs I've met someone from Big Sky country :) Look forward to the next one!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • dorothy

    fabulous lecture

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Christopher M.

    Excellent and insightful talk.

    June 1, 2013

  • Barbara

    Excellent expose on the "unspoken"wars that our government is involved in. Schaill was an excellent speaker. Thanks Ryan for making this into a meetup event.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought-provoking discussion.

    May 31, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    A few of us are back at Spain if anyone is wants to join. Hope everyone enjoyed!

    May 31, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    We are heading to the venue now. It should just be opening up

    May 31, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    So I will be the guy at Spain with a green shirt and plaid hat. I will also be the guy who got stuck at work and shows up a few minutes late. Looking forward to seeing those of you that come by first

    May 31, 2013

  • Barbara

    Ryan......my friends and I are going directly to the New School. Hope to see you there

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town this week-end - hope to be
    able to make a future event.

    May 30, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    To answer a few of the questions...I'm hoping that we can start congregating at Spain around 6pm. The Tishman Auditorium is a fairly large one, and I don't forsee a problem getting us all seated. That being said, I will probably start heading over at 6:30pm just to make sure the seating process goes smoothly.

    There is also no fee for the event. One of my goals in creating this group was to provide an inclusive organization that made learning about new topics as accessible as possible. Keep an eye out for an email coming in the next couple days (possibly tonight) that will cover all the nitty-gritty details for Friday.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there an entry charge for this?

    May 28, 2013

  • Alice Jane K.

    what time should we meet before at Spain?

    May 24, 2013

  • adele t.

    Not a good day for me.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a board meeting. Sorry.

    May 11, 2013

  • Steve

    For an interesting read during a recent vacation, I picked up a used textbook by Malone & Rauch: "The Republic Comes of Age,[masked]". OMG! The same issues have always been with us! States Rights vs Federal Govt; the issue of a national bank; immigration; Congressional stalemates and "weak" presidents; taxation; sectionalism! It was almost like reading the current NY Times! And of course, War! Any responses to this?

    May 10, 2013

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