Dirty Wars, a jaw-dropping film
By Jim Carey
We were told after 9/11 that the United States identified seven terrorists on the US Military “kill list.” Thirteen years later, as the global war rolled across continents to some 75 nations, thousands are added, and the so-called war on terrorism spins fearfully ever more out-of-control fed by the political/corporate/media/military/industrial/NSA/congressional profiteers who have us meekly following like lemmings, shoeless at airports/fearful of Muslims/complacent in the face of torture and the loss of basic freedoms and privacy.
Film at Occupy San Miguel
Mon, Nov 17, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
This award-winning Oscar-nominated documentary from the Sundance Film Festival is filed from the front lines of this war on terror. Documentarian Richard Rowley’s astonishingly hard-hitting Dirty Wars renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a ‘70s-style conspiracy thriller. Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation, is both narrator and subject of one of the most incendiary stories in recent history. Scahill follows a blood-strewn trail from a remote corner of Afghanistan, where covert night raids have claimed the lives of innocents, to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a shadowy outfit empowered by the current White House to assassinate those on the ever-expanding “kill list,” including at least two Americans. This jaw-dropping, persuasively researched film is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Scahill tells us, “The once popular Democratic president who had campaigned that he was going to transform the way that the US conducted its foreign policy around the world has proceeded to double down on some of the greatest excesses of the Bush administration. If you look at the use of the state secrets privilege…the expansion of the drone wars…the empowerment of special operations forces to operate in countries where the United States is not at war…if you look at the way in which the Obama administration has essentially boxed Congress out of any effective oversight role of the covert aspects of US foreign policy, what we really have is a “war” president who has normalized for many, many liberals in the United States the policies that they once opposed under the Bush administration.” The film is free and will be followed by a discussion.