Scott Horton Interviews Nick Turse

Scott Horton, August 25, 2011

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Nick Turse, author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives, discusses his article “Uncovering the Military’s Secret Military;” how JSOC became “an almost industrial-scale counterterrorism killing machine” and the president’s own private army; rebuilding US special operations after the 1980 Iran hostage embarrassment and greatly expanding them after 9/11; how SOCOM has developed the clout and influence of an independent military branch, like the Navy or Army; the war-porn addicts in Congress who get excited by every Navy SEAL operation and fund them accordingly; and why the precision airstrikes in Libya were probably guided by special operations forces on the ground.

MP3 here. (19:41)

Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com.  He is the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.

4 Responses to “Nick Turse”

  1. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote on the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." To take out the Russian second strike force, i.e. the missiles surviving First Strike with Minuteman-3 and Trident-2. Both have an accuracy of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy a missile silo. The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to Bob Aldridge. The missiles in the three countries lead to Launch On Warning, probably by 2014.

  2. This is basically the military mafia for the entire world, except the real mafia has to contend with the police as an adversary/impediment whereas these goons have basically no such barriers. In fact the police are likely to help them cover up their crimes, and aid and abet them in the operation of their crimes. None of us are safe from their secret crimes. Our elected officials can be executed, our laws can be ignored, subverted, or even re-invented to suit their needs from day to day. This is world terrorism on a scale unimaginable before 911.

  3. Frightening. But, as we saw with Bin Laden kill, Americans overwhelmingly approve of extra-judicial, illegal assassination squads, torture, etc. I just wish all Americans in the military would quit in mass and refuse to obey orders. Then, they would actually be defending freedom and I would respect them.

  4. So this 'School of America on Wheels' is kicking in 12 doors every night, operating in 70 countries on any given day, and working their magic in 120 different countries a year…and they probably call the President 'Barry'?!?

    I'm sure that every dead and tortured body left in the wake is a "terrorist"' but I keep thinking of that Gareth Porter interview were he insists that the American military machine has no neo-cortex guiding it – it simply keeps killing out of post-911 bureaucratic inertia.

    Scary Interview.

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