Jeremy Scahill on Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield
Tishman Auditorium at The New School (66 W. 12th St., Manhattan)
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.