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About the Film
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill stumbles upon a U.S. night raid gone badly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan. An Afghani witness swears he saw American soldiers digging bullets out of the dead women and Scahill's investigation leads him to the secret maneuvers of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Our reporter is pulled 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 will 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 U.S. citizens. From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia, as well as back home in New York where he tries to piece the puzzle together, Scahill meets with CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals and U.S.-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record-some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government. With a strong cinematic style and thriller structure, Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation. Dirty Wars is also a book by Jeremy Scahill on the same topic, exhaustively researched and footnoted and available on request.
Not a patch on the book
Such important subject matter should not be treated with such heavy self-important hands as has happened here.
I am currently reading the book (of the same title and author) and urge you to do so. This film is a tiny slice of what the book deals with.
Unfortunately this film plods on for ages on one story from the book and ultimately feels like a self promotional piece for Jeremy Scahill.
This film is no Farenheit 9/11.
So unfortunately I must only give it 3 stars.
Best keep my review sort of positive
Since time began, nations have ruled others whether it be through conquering or bankrolling corrupt weak governments, to killing future leaders in waiting, in our time that country is the USA, it is clear the US has an agenda to rid the world of terrorism which we all want, however to what cost.... Whether this is a conspiracy film which will be ignored and dismissed by most, many of the facts stated and evidence shown would lead any other government to be put to trial for war crimes... Women, children and young boys, not just a few but thousands now..... A good documentary but it isn't anything we don't already know
It's all about him...
It's a serious subject matter but nothing we didn't already know or believe was happening from common folk law. It's a vanity project .Lots of close up shots of him, lots of over baked dialogue delivered in a cringeworthy Hollywood hit an style. It's all about him......