JSoc: Obama’s secret assassins

Naomi Wolf writes: The film Secret Wars [sic — the actual title is Dirty Wars], which premiered at Sundance, can be viewed, as Amy Goodman sees it, as an important narrative of excesses in the global “war on terror”. It is also a record of something scary for those of us at home – and uncovers the biggest story, I would say, in our nation’s contemporary history.

Though they wisely refrain from drawing inferences, Scahill and Rowley have uncovered the facts of a new unaccountable power in America and the world that has the potential to shape domestic and international events in an unprecedented way. The film tracks the Joint Special Operations Command (JSoc), a network of highly-trained, completely unaccountable US assassins, armed with ever-expanding “kill lists”. It was JSoc that ran the operation behind the Navy Seal team six that killed bin Laden.

Scahill and Rowley track this new model of US warfare that strikes at civilians and insurgents alike – in 70 countries. They interview former JSoc assassins, who are shell-shocked at how the “kill lists” they are given keep expanding, even as they eliminate more and more people.

Our conventional forces are subject to international laws of war: they are accountable for crimes in courts martial; and they run according to a clear chain of command. As much as the US military may fall short of these standards at times, it is a model of lawfulness compared with JSoc, which has far greater scope to undertake the commission of extra-legal operations – and unimaginable crimes. [Continue reading…]

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2 thoughts on “JSoc: Obama’s secret assassins

  1. Norman

    It’s too bad that the American public can’t see these types of films instead of the crap put out by the main stream media. There doesn’t appear to be any end to the warmongering the leader[s] of this country will go to to extend the “Empire”, all in the name of national defense. One can only wonder when it starts here at home in earnest?

  2. BillVZ


    A small window has been opened and thanks to those two film makers ,Jeremy and Rick and their years of gathering facts and talking with the oppressed- the public can view the reality as it is. Thanks to you, Democracy Now and the two patriots who give us the film that brings continued exposure/pressure to the administration , its agenciices and the compliant media that matter of factually lies and obscure what is down in their name. The light and fresh air of the small window brings is marvelous.

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