Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

(2013)

This politically-charged Sundance-winning documentary follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill who delves into the murky world of America’s covert wars.... More

“It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Prior to 9/11, it was customary for America to sound a formal declaration of war on a given country before attacking. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in hidden corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties.

“Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the most secret and elite fighting force in U.S. history, exposing covert operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even if the person is a U.S. citizen.” (Sundance)Hide

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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill does excellent work digging into the 2010 deaths of innocent Afghanis by mysterious American nighttime military raids unlocking a wider story about Joint Security Operations Command (JSOC) – a shadowy arm of the defence force that executes drone attacks and deadly raids in countries not officially at war with the States. It’s a chilling look at “War on Terror” strategies the US is taking that, according to the documentary, are leading to an escalation, not eradication of its enemies. Stylishly and alarmingly presented with a few too many flattering shots of our hero the journalist. It’s a disturbing and important tale, I just wish Scahill would step aside and let it be told.


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  • The movie has rather silly, Bourne-style thriller graphics, which are unnecessary: it has an important story to tell. Full Review

  • A gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness. Full Review

  • Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it's chilling stuff. Full Review

  • Renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a '70s-style conspiracy thriller. Full Review