Jeremy Scahill


Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, discusses the dwindling ranks of antiwar Democrats in Congress, the “cruise missile” liberals that support war in Darfur without questioning the aims of U.S. imperialism, the mercenary surge accompanying the troop surge in Afghanistan, the history of bipartisan executive assassination programs and the “birther” conspiracy theories that completely miss the point.

MP3 here. (36:45)

Jeremy Scahill operates the website and is a contributor to The Nation, Democracy Now, and He is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

20 thoughts on “Jeremy Scahill”

  1. Looks like the Birther movement is just like a fringe supernatural belief movement with a more “respectable” belief set. Elucidating why this belief set is “respectable” is best left to people versed in psychanalysis (even though I’m not a fan of that particular branch of just-so-explanation)

    The kenyan candidate is here, and he cannot actually be distinguished from the real thing. The next step in paranoia can only be accusing your fridge or table of plotting against you.

    If Philip K. Dick was still alive, he would have a field day.

  2. If you'd care for a slightly more enlightened and nuanced understanding of the role of the private sector in Afghanistan, Iraq, I'd be happy to offer that perspective. Jeremy's breathless patter shouldn't be taken too too seriously.


    Doug Brooks, IPOA

    1. The only role of the private sector is and always has been to make money. Wherever and whenever. There's nothing nuanced to understand about that. But by all means give your best sales pitch justifying the ever-expanding role of private corporations in empire building. I'd like to hear it.

      1. It's not really just a private sector. It all overlaps. The secs of Navy, Airforce, Army, Policy, in the pentagon all held stocks in as well as past and future employment in the companies they allocated no-bid contracts too. It's not really a private sector its quasi government itself feeding itself using war as a medium. Some were even currently employed as "advisers" or "consultants" with the same companies they were shelling out over priced contracts to. Furthermore unlike the US military which is held to some accountability and rules, Geneva Conventions etc, the mercenary groups get to change roles whenever they want in order to avoid all the laws. About the only person at first holding them accountable or at least exposing what was going on was Jeremy starting with his book on Blackwater before many even had heard of the name. Jeremy had them pegged back when Perle was using them as a side door into Azerbaijan. And it all leads up to why we are really in Afghanistan for the BTC

  3. Doug Brooks: Jeremy's "breathless patter" actually means something to those of us who are morally repulsed by wars of aggression made possible by the US government's bloated budgets that allow it to buy anything it wants in this world, including other counties, no matter how many lives are sacrificed, no matter that it reduces Americans to paupers to fund the war machine.

  4. Winger,

    Thanks for the comments, but perhaps more important than simply agreeing with someone is using critical analysis and maybe even looking at the accuracy of the source.

    From a political perspective, it is easy to say we shouldn't be in a given conflict, but given our current situation, President Obama has to get from A to B without creating ever more damage. More to the point, the greatest humanitarian disaster in the world is in the DRC, and as near as I can tell, Mr. Scahill has no ideas for what can be done to actually make that UN peacekeeping operation succeed. I'm not sure he really cares, so long as he can blame the origins of the problem on the West.

    We need a more constructive dialog than that.


    Doug Brooks, IPOA

    1. How about just getting out of the business of stealing the resources of other people, or is that too simplistic for you? It seems that in order to stop creating more damage, is for the U.S. military to get out of countries they don’t belong. Let these people solve their own problems, which of course will be extremely difficult, since they have to undo the damage done by American imperialism first. But the point is that a lack of American involvement will be better than continued interventionism.

  5. I keep asking Jeremy Scahill if Blackwater covers for the CIA, which seems a fair question, seeing as he wrote a book about Blackwater, but he keeps ducking the question. Why?

  6. I guess one could say that Mr. Scahill is missing the point in his failure to see the role the Federal Reserve System plays in allowing the U.S. Government to have an empire and to fund intervention.

    A lot of what he talks about is a symptom of the FRS – it is a tool of totalitarianism.

  7. According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge- Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. And according to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. Please see the article by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, "The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy" in the 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. A First-Strike Capability won´t be complete without the missiles in Poland to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles. Even if it´s only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 linked to NAVSTAR obtain a CEP of 30-40 metres, enough to destroy any hard target.

    1. Of course there may not be much left to defend on the domestic "front" by the time the Pentagon has consumed the entire budget and now that the Constitution is in shreds but inexorably the military-industrial complex seems to want to cut off the branch on which it is seated.
      Such a regime with the "bomb" is scary, and they ask us to be frightened of Iran!

  8. Adam Kokesh, Peter Shiff, Rand Paul. All actual anti-war "Republicans".
    Jeremy is very right there is only one party with it comes to foreign policy and I would add monetary policy to that as well.
    We could solve the problems in Sudan by ending the weapons trade and giving debt relief. Sudan is China's Israel. Obama has increased the use of Mercenaries, doubled the Afghan war and has been bombing Pakistan. He hasn't changed a thing. All he did was take the worst part of Bush and amplify them.

    "free Tibet" lol watch this <a href="” target=”_blank”>

    Jeremy and Scott we need to stop trying to get of leftest media and start building our own. Well Scott and antiwar already have and I guess RebelReport is the next great site in the fight. I'll put Rebelreports up on anti-neocons for ya and send some traffic.

    Oh and Scott they (Sec of state) don't use marines to protect them, they use secret service. Aka people who could make it through a college. But I got the point. Why hire mercs on a private company's pay roll? Well ask Paul Bremer how he got to the airport…

    Birthers are a waste of time. It's pure distraction activism. It's something easy for dumbies to grasp. It's the morons who can't psychologically digest how the war is ruining the country and need something different from Bush to point to and the birth certificate thing is about the only thing they can use because when it comes to policies there aren't any differences.

    And I would disagree with comparing them to 911 "truth". There are kooks for sure but that does make the whole topic silly. Those same kooks think the war in Iraq was started by the Vatican or space aliens or whatever, its retarded but it doesn't mean that there wasn't a conspiracy to pull America into war with Iraq using forged documents etc.

    It's called poisoning the well. Thus the kookiest ones out there are who are going to get media attention, and those with sound words can't even buy a spot on tv.

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