Nowadays, it appears mandatory that at least one movie built around the murderous heroics of US Special Forces gets an Oscar nod. Last year, it was Zero Dark Thirty. This year, there are two nominations in the “Special Forces Shoot Brown Guy in Head” category. Captain Phillips, the Somali pirate drama, garnered a nomination for... Read More
The foreign leaders are dropping like flies -- to American surveillance. I’m talking about serial revelations that the National Security Agency has been spying on Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, two Mexican presidents, Felipe Calderón (whose office the NSA called “a lucrative source”) and his successor Enrique Peña Nieto, at least while still a candidate, and... Read More
How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?
[This epilogue to Scahill’s bestselling book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, is posted with the kind permission of its publisher, Nation Books.] On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. Just as he had promised when he began his first campaign for president... Read More