Political Perspectives on 05/08/13
Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews reporter Jeremy Scahill about his new book DIRTY WARS, which is based on his years of on the ground reporting across the globe from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Somalia and Yemen where he has uncovered the scope of the CIA’s covert wars in these and other countries.
· How America’s kill list—personally reviewed by the executive branch—is growing daily, replacing conventional warfare with a mixture of drone strikes, cruise missile attacks and Special Ops raids.
· How, despite promises of shutting down CIA black sites, the United States works with other governments to render suspected terrorists and secretly imprison them on Washington’s behalf, effectively outsourcing part of its ongoing extrajudicial detainee program.
· How President Obama has amplified some of the most contentious foreign policy operations pursued under the Bush administration.
· How, while Americans continue to celebrate the success of SEAL Team 6 killing Osama bin Laden, there are many more unreported actions and civilian casualties from such missions that breed the very terrorists we are trying to fight.
Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the international bestseller "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army," which won the George Polk Book Award.
Jeremy Scahill speaks about "Dirty Wars" Thursday May 8, 2013 @ 7:30 pm at Powell's City of Books