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Dirty Wars (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2012
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'There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name.' Glenn Greenwald, New York Times best-selling author and Guardian columnist
'A surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material.' Kirkus Reviews
'Dirty Wars is not politically correct. It is not a history of the last decade as seen from inside the White House, or from the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. Scahill's book takes us inside Dick Cheney s famed 'dark side' and tells us, with convincing detail and much new information, what has been done in the name of America since 9/11.' Seymour Hersh
'...a crackling exposé...' New York Times Book Review
'[Scahill] is a one-man truth squad.' Bill Moyers
'Scahill's page-turning collection of intrigue and insight into the underworld of privatized warfare is well researched, thoroughly documented and, as a result, extremely frightening.' The Globe and Mail
'Meticulously researched and fascinating.' Sunday Times
'A campaigning voice like Scahill's is indispensable' London Review of Books
'A towering new investigation into the secret anatomy of the so-called war on terror ... Scahill has written what could prove to be he defining account of the 21st century s slide into high-tech, legally leveraged savagery' --Irish Times
'A great read … asks vital questions about the scope and parameters of America's use of force' --Literary Review
'Scahill produces a masterwork of investigative journalism that offers a bleak, chilling vision of our militarized future' --Publisher's Weekly - Top Ten Books of 2013
'There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name' --Glen Greenwald
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In this story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new paradigm of American foreign policy: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged.
From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, independent journalist Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of the many wars Obama's government is fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda - held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of U.S. night raids and drone strikes - including families of U.S. citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.
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Scahill writes about how America, through both the Bush and Obama administrations, has sought to push past not only people's rights in foreign countries, but our own as well in order to get the kill. The books shows how the administrations have supplied other countries with foreign aid in return for cooperation, or in other words, in return for allowing the U.S. to do whatever military operations it requires within that particular country, followed by cover-ups and denials. The book illustrates also how American citizens in foreign countries have been hunted down and killed for practicing freedom of speech, albeit speech the government found unpleasant.
Scahill pulls no punches in this heavy hitter book which calls both sides out for the trespasses they have done to innocent foreigners and its own citizens. This book is highly recommended to get a fuller picture of the underworld of American operations.
Andrew Bracevich has written that after Viet Nam the transition to an all volunteer military eventuated into an army deployed at the bidding of the Executive without meaningful authorization or oversight by Congress. Dirty Wars, a further refinement in America's way of war, describes how, with little fanfare, President Obama has replaced large troop deployments with the practice of "clean war" -- targeted killing by drones, cruise missiles, and teams of Special Forces.
Step by step the author follows the development of US capabilities for drone warfare, the rivalry between the CIA and JSOC (Special Forces) to be in charge of calling down death, and the tangled relationships with countries like Pakistan and Yemen that lets America try to hide its involvement in the killing.
Along with the chapters in the book about presidential decisions, military rivals, and US foreign relations around the globe the past couple decades, there are a series of sections that detail the life and career and death of Anwar Awlaki.
Anwar was born in the US and raised by his Yemen father (a naturalized citizen) to take advantage of educational opportunities and perhaps one day going back to help Yemen society. In the 1990's Anwar got sidetracked from his engineering studies when he discovered his vocation to preach. He became a sought after Imam in American Muslim communities.
After the 9/11 attacks, the New York Times called Anwar the "go-to Muslim" to explain Islam and he became a media star as a "moderate" Muslim. But Anwar, watching the US actions in the Muslim world, eventually comes to believe "I could not reconcile between living in the US and being a Muslim..." He leaves America for Yemen and remains a powerful voice criticizing the US. By the end of 2009, says Scahill, his words had crossed a line to give "powerful endorsement to specific acts of terrorism on US targets."
In September 2011 Anwar is killed by drone attack. Obama, announcing the death, says Anwar was "the leader of external operations for al Queda in the Arabian Peninsula...[and] took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans." Scahill maintains there is no evidence to show that Anwar was a member of al Queda, as, in fact, none was offered by Obama.
(Two weeks after Anwar's death, another drone killed his 16 year old son. The administration has offered no justification for this murder.)
The killing of a US citizen without any due process is a watershed moment to Scahill though few politicians seem to note it (Rand Paul a very vocal exception). Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, points out that Obama would have needed a court order to eavesdrop on Awlaki but apparently not to kill him.
The issue of how free a president is to kill without due process is raised in January 2013 by federal judge Colleen McMahon. She charged the Obama administration with not "citing...any statute or court decision that justifies its conclusions" that targeted killings, even of citizens, is legal. However, she couldn't rule in favor of allowing the release of government documents.
She wrote: "I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the Executive Branch...to proclaim as perfectly legal certain acts that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret."
That's the take-away from this book. The government says what-we-do-is-legal but we can't tell you why. Just trust us. So the government can just "proclaim" in secret what is legal, including which citizens will be killed without due process.
Scahill concludes that far from pulling back from the illegalities of the Bush years, Obama's legacy will be "a streamlined process for assassinating enemies...perceived or real" in an "executive branch with sweeping powers, rationalized under the banner of national security."
America seems a long way from the ideals of 1776.
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