Dirty Wars is an expose of covert U.S. military operations uncovered by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill. The film looks into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, by investigating the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command. It gathers evidence from generals, CIA agents, U.S.- backed warlords, executors of “kill lists” – and also tells the stories of the survivors of raids and drone strikes. Journalist Scahill was well-known as the author of Blackwater before he wrote the book of the same title as this film. Produced by Anthony Arnove, the 2013 release won the cinematography prize at the Sundance Festival.
The film reveals appalling actions done in the name of U.S. citizens without their knowledge or opportunity to debate. It raises the question, what can we do to change that farflung entrenched situation?
Discussion after the film will be led by Katherine Philipson. She works with Friends Committee on National Legislation as a national organizer of grassroots advocacy for more peaceful and just U.S. policies.
This month’s program was planned as a Greenbelt Peace Month event by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition. The other series sponsors are Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group and Green Vegan Networking. For more about this program, contact or Lucy Duff at 301-577-2350.