“Remarkable, news-breaking revelations“ Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian
“Shocking, beautifully made and an absolute eye opener” Jon Snow
“Gripping, compelling and totally convincing” John le Carré
Tameside Green Party will be screening the Documentary Film ‘Dirty Wars’
Monday 27th January, 7.30 pm, The Buffet Bar, Platform 4, Stalybridge Railway Station Rassbottom Street, SK15 1RF Stalybridge
Reporting on a US night raid gone wrong in an Afghan village, journalist Jeremy Scahill discovers a cover-up by an elite military unit. What follows is an international investigation into America’s expanding covert wars.
Scahill’s investigation leads him to unravel the secret manoeuvres of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as he is drawn into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and may never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams “find, fix, and finish” their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for Obama’s “kill list,” including US citizens.
From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia,Scahill meets with Special Forces operators, military generals and US-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record—some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of targeted assassinations and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen being hunted by his own government.
We need this debate here in the UK, the closest collaborator with US policy. The UK’s actions include the sharing of intelligence that directly facilitates the US’ drone assassination policy.
Kat Craig, Reprieve’s legal director, said: “The US covert drone wars around the world are being directly facilitated by the UK government and UK companies. The idea that drones allow clean, surgical warfare is a myth. These covert wars are as dirty – and destructive – as they ever were.”
In July 2013 The Guardian reported on UK collusion with the Obama kill list, including the practice of stripping dual citizens of their British citizenship apparently in preparation for targeting for assassination.
Reprieve is currently seeking a full judicial review of the lawfulness of any British assistance for the US drone programme. In August 2013, it threatened legal action to the export of British-manufactured parts for American drones used in clandestine CIA strikes.
In the UK, it is widely believed that the use of drones and targeted assassinations is that they make the world safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, precise and effective without collateral damage and instead of ”boots on the ground.” Dirty Wars shows why this narrative is misleading.
One the leading organisations tracking the outcomes of US drone strikes is based in the UK: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has reported that from June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562 to 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 to 881 were civilians, including 176 children. This independent organization continues to track the casualty data on its website
You can watch the trailer of Dirty Wars on the official website here