Jeremy Scahill


Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, discusses his article “The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia” at The Nation; why Somalia’s very weak central government would quickly fall to Al Shabab without support from the US and African Union; the latest discovered secret CIA prison/training facility “black site” in Mogadishu; a reminder that US intervention didn’t start yesterday, and that previous efforts have led to the disaster unfolding today; why drone strikes should be considered “terrorist attacks” just like suicide bombs are; and the fickle nature of supposedly pro-government Somali forces (who could well be enemies of the US at a later time).

MP3 here. (21:58)

Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!. You can read his blog on here.

9 thoughts on “Jeremy Scahill”

  1. The CIA has absolutely no oversight from our government or even from the appointed director. It has become a law unto its own. If we are ever to recover our democracy we will have to confront directly this rogue organization and destroy it lest it destroy us.

    1. Absolutely! It's like the gov.'s secret, private army that engages in violent, illegal activity all over the world. The CIA needs to be abolished post-haste! And many, if not all of it's agents need to be prosecuted!

      1. You're right … about the parts that haven't been outsourced to Blackwater/Xe/.[Insert new PR name of the month]. Don't forget that there are now other secret,private armies out there that aren't under any sort of government control.

  2. What is the CIA, "a security force for the rich and powerful!" I'm not too informed on Somalia so I want to know what the importance of it is, is it the location on the horn or is it some resource they sit on or what?

  3. Why is it important? Because for awhile, they didn't control it. These are people who insist that the entire world be under their control. Any part they don't control is by definition a threat and a problem for that reason alone. Listen closely to their rhetoric about places they don't control, and you'll hear that they are afraid that this bit that they don't control might provide an example to others and lead to more disobedenience and lack of control. Any place they don't control is declared a threat precisely because they are afraid that the lack of control might spread. These are people who rule the world through intimidation, bribery and threats. In such a world, disobedience must be crushed as an example to the others. We ain't in Thomas Jefferson's America any more.

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