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Sunday, June 9, 2013
SFF Review: Dirty Wars (David Rowley, 2013)
In Dirty Wars investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, a National Security Correspondent for The National magazine, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army and Dirty Wars: The World is A Battlefield, undertakes a colossal individual investigation into the United States military’s rules of engagement and the rise of covert operations. Directed by David Rowley, Scahill, who produced and wrote the film, is front-and-centre of this diary-like chronicle.
Scahill makes inquiries the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the most elite fighting force in the military publicly lauded for their involvement in the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2010. But, as Scahill learns, many of their objectives since their formation in 1980 have largely been secret, operating outside the boundaries of the War on Terror under willing authority of high level U.S Defence. Night raids and drone strikes have generated significant civilian casualties across the globe, but on paper they don’t exist.