The Americans were still present when survivors prepared burial shrouds for those who had died. The Afghan custom involves binding the feet and head. A scarf secured around the bottom of the chin is meant to keep the mouth of the deceased from hanging open. They managed to do this before the Americans began handcuffing them and dividing the surviving men and women into separate areas. Several of the male family members told me that it was around this time that they witnessed a horrifying scene: U.S. soldiers digging the bullets out of the women’s bodies. “They were putting knives into their injuries to take out the bullets,” Sabir told me. I asked him bluntly, “You saw the Americans digging the bullets out of the women’s bodies?” Without hesitation, he said, “Yes.” Tahir told me he saw the Americans with knives standing over the bodies. “They were taking out the bullets from their bodies to remove the proof of their crime.”
(2013/11/06) Jeremy Scahill on his new book “Dirty Wars” and the hidden truth behind America’s covert wars
  • (2013/11/06) Jeremy Scahill on his new book “Dirty Wars” and the hidden truth behind America’s covert wars
  • Citizen Radio

A reairing of our April 2013 interview with Jeremy Scahill. We spend the full hour on his book and film Dirty Wars ( about the hidden truth behind America’s covert wars.

Including some news that had not been shared before Citizen Radio!

Congratulations to my good friend Ann Jones! Investigative reporter extraordinaire Jeremy Scahill (whose film Dirty Wars recently made the Oscar Short List in the documentary category) just picked her latest book, They Were SoldiersHow the Wounded Return from America’s Wars, as his number one book of 2013!

If you don’t already have a copy, I urge you to pick one up.  It’s a beautifully written, devastatingly poignant piece of reportage, and an instant classic on the hidden reverberations of our distant wars.  But don’t take my word for it. Listen to Scahill:

“My pick for the best book of 2013 comes from Ann Jones, who shows us a side of America’s wars that we often don’t see. She embeds with the doctors who spend their lives dealing with soldiers who are grievously wounded, psychologically scarred, or killed in combat. She talks to the families of troops who speak of their inability to recognize their sons and daughters, husbands and wives, or mothers and fathers because they have come home so transformed by their experiences in war. It’s a stunning portrait of the psychological and physical effects of war, with which we so rarely reckon. Jones, the daughter of a World War I veteran, brings a real understanding of the gap between the celebrations of our vets and the reality of how they are treated when they return. ‘America’s soldiers return with enough troubles to last the rest of their lives,’ she observes. She also questions the idea that war is inevitable. ‘War is not natural,’ she writes. ‘We have to be trained for it, soldiers and citizens alike. And the “wars of choice” we were trained for, the wars these soldiers took part in, need never have been fought.’”

(via PW’s Top 10 Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2013)

I think we’re living in a world where we’re not going to be immune to the payback for some of the things that we’ve done. Unless we as a society completely reimagine what a national security policy would look like- one that recognizes the dignity of other people around the world, or the rights of people to practice their religion or determine their form of government-unless we’re willing to reimagine how we approach the world, we’re doomed to have a repeat of 9/11 or something smaller scale but constant.
—  Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now!

The report also noted a curious contradiction. One of the men killed by American forces had been prepared for burial just as the dead women were — with a cloth wrap tied around his head so his jaw would remain closed. Yet when the U.S. forces first reported on the raid, they described only the women as having their heads bound and suggested their deaths were the result of a “cultural custom.”

The cause of death listed for the men was gunshot wounds to the chest. For the three women, the cause of death was “wounds.” The most credible theory, according to the final report, was that the women were killed in a “shoot through” once the raid had begun, and that their deaths were unintentional — and unknown to the shooters.

“It is undeniable that five innocent people were killed and two innocent men were wounded in the conduct of this operation,” the report stated. “To simply call this ‘regrettable’ would be callous; it is much more than that. However, the unique chain of events that led to their deaths is explicable.”

Jeremy Scahill on his new book “Dirty Wars” and the hidden truth behind America’s covert wars
  • Jeremy Scahill on his new book “Dirty Wars” and the hidden truth behind America’s covert wars
  • Citizen Radio - Allison Kilkenny & Jamie Kilstein

Episode #752: Author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill (@jeremyscahill) joins the show for the full hour to discuss his new book and film “Dirty Wars” ( about the hidden truth behind America’s covert wars.

Obama too has his own dark court … that operates in secret, authorizes domestic spying, wiretaps, detentions, renditions and … executions by drone strike. Obama’s FISA tribunals … are shielded from public light by executive decree. Here, as in the … Chambre Arendte, … suspects are presumed guilty and the agents of the state are considered omniscient
—  counterpunch

2tyger  asked:

Hi Samantha! Do you have any recommendations for books about US foreign policy?

Great question!

Unfortunately, this isn’t a topic I’ve read a lot about. However, there are a few books on my to-read list about the US military that may relate to this topic:

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, by Jeremy Scahill

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program, by Jeremy Scahill

If anyone has any recommendations, please pass them along!
(2013/02/11) “Partisan Stockholm Syndrome,” the kill list, and why consent is sexy

Episode #706: Allison and Jamie discuss the blowback Jeremy Scahill received from the Up With Chris audience over the weekend when he talked about drone strikes and the kill list, public confusion about drone strikes, the Chris Dorner manhunt, the rise of the conspiracy class, and why consent is sexy.  

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Jeremy Scahill - at the Drone Summit in Wash D.C., April 2012 - Part 1.

[Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.]

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.
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