Dirty Wars

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dirty Wars
Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government-condoned torture occur in corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history. No target is off-limits for the JSOC 'kill list, ' not even a U.S. citizen. The director takes viewers on a chilling ride with whistle-blower Jeremy Scahill.

Published: [United States] :, IFC Films,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780788617201
Branch Call Number: DVD 355.3432 DIR
Characteristics: 1 DVD video (86 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Scahill, Jeremy


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Mar 10, 2015
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Eye opening (or widener). Well done.
All wars are dirty but some dirtier than others.

Oct 19, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Politics aside, this documentary is fast paced with many newsreel footage of people and places of featured events. In sum, war equals human suffering and there are no winners. Baed on Scahill's 2013 book "Dirty Wars The World Is A Battlefield." He also authored 2007 non-fiction "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

Oct 12, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The half star rating is for the company, Sundance Selects, that produced the movie. They make you sit through the previews by disabling the fastforward and short cut to the main menu. This company has got a habit of doing this. I refuse to have anything to do with them. Needless to say, didn't watch the show.

Jul 15, 2014
  • eighthafpierce rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I have never known there to be such a thing as a "Clean War". I found Mr. Scahill reporting style to cater to the emotional and not the objective style.

Apr 08, 2014
  • i_am rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The war strategists want to win the 'hearts and minds' of moderate civilian populations in the affected countries and have them rise against the extremists in their midst. However, the way war against terror is being run, it is not going to win anyone's heart and mind. Quite the opposite!

Apr 06, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

PBS has done it again very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Mar 10, 2014
  • loyats rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Pay attention when watching this film. While I agree with the sentiment there are two glaring holes in what is presented that apparently escaped Jeremy's, his producer's, and many viewer's attention.

First, in the camera phone footage of the party that supposedly occured just prior to the US raid it is repeatedly stated to have been going on at 1am, however the footage shows the clock on the wall at a very different time. Either 4:25 or 5:20, bad angle makes telling the hands apart difficult.

Second, in the supposed US cruise missile strike, when showing the wreckage one piece is labeled quite clearly as "Cluster Bomb Unit", which is not a cruise missile. While this does not mean it wasn't a US strike, it also does not mean it was as well have been selling these weapons to foreign militaries for quite some time.

Overall a good film, but it has a skewed perspective.

Feb 19, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This documentary is well worth seeing. However,.. though it may have been a 'dirty secret' when Jeremy Scahill 'dug it up',.. by now the Joint Special Operations Command is giving press conferences. Yes,.. sometimes the innocent are killed in war. The increasing danger is that the feeding of misleading target-intelligence is now a major enemy counter-measure,.. and our super-effective Killing Machine constantly needs targets. The result of targeting 'errors' is the creation of more enemies for our country !

Nov 12, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is the documentary companion to Jeremy Scahill's book of the same name. The movie covers much of the same ground as the book (targeted killings, JSOC, the endless war on terror), and I would recommend reading it first. It plays out a bit like a paranoid political thriller and there are maybe too many shots of Scahill, who appears in the movie, walking the streets or getting coffee. An important subject, regardless.

Nov 08, 2013
  • SAPL454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

JSOC, inaugurated in 1980, consists of black operatives, navy seals, delta forces, rangers, et cetera. Operating presently in more than 80 countries worldwide, it is an elusive force which always has a target in its back pocket.


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Oct 19, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Anwar's father: I mean, I-I don't understand. I don't understand 100% the American Constitution, but I don't believe American law will allow the killing of an American citizen because he said something against the United States.

Here was a comprehensive picture on the incident:


Apr 06, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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