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.
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.
Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine
and the author of the New
York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books,
2007). He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former
Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a
wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow
Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Democracy Now!, and Bill Moyers Journal.
Scahill's work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of
journalism's highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk
Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater.
He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, selected for the US documentary competition at the 2013
Sundance Film Festival.
To view the livestream, click here on Friday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.