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. Investigative reporter Jeremy 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.
Director Richard Rowley takes us on a chilling ride with fearless whistle-blower Scahill. Dirty Wars is a battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists. - D. C.
About the Director
Big Noise Films cofounder Richard Rowley has made multiple award-winning documentary features, including The Fourth World War and This Is What Democracy Looks Like. His shorts and news reports are regularly featured on and commissioned by outlets including Al Jazeera English, BBC Newsnight, Canada’s CBC, CNN International, Democracy Now!, and PBS. Rowley is also a cofounder of the Independent Media Center and has been a Pulitzer, Rockefeller, and Jerome Foundation fellow.
Cast and Credits
Director: Richard Rowley
Screenwriters: Jeremy Scahill, David Riker
Executive Producers: Jess Search, Sandra Whipham, Scott Roth
Producers: Anthony Arnove, Brenda Coughlin, Jeremy Scahill
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