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. Nation Books will release Scahill's second book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, in April 2013. He is the writer, with David Riker, and a producer of the documentary feature film, Dirty Wars, which will be released by IFC Films throughout North America in June 2013. You can read his blog on TheNation.com here.
A US military intelligence analyst, who claimed to be the source for the Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video, has reportedly been arrested. But the biggest story here may be the classified documents and videos yet to come.
The Obama administration has dramatically expanded the use of special operations forces across the globe, from Iran to Bolivia to Yemen. They've been "empowered more under this administration than any other in recent history--no question," says a special operations source.
When confronted with facts about Israel's siege of Gaza and the collective punishment of 1.5 million people, the former NYC Mayor can only say, "I don't want to debate you" and "that's nonsense."
Journalists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis describe their run-in with Wackenhut security as they attempted to interview BP and US government officials in the US Gulf. "The whole Gulf Coast is a corporate oil state," says Klein.
The Pentagon's Inspector General won't comment on details of the investigations.
The military's new contract solicitation suggests that private contractors are being used to get around the policy that the US does not conduct operations in Pakistan.
Stuart Eizenstat was a power player in the Clinton and Carter administrations. Now he's a lobbyist for George W Bush's favorite mercenary company.
The top commander in Afghanistan, who's spent his career in the shadow world of special ops, revealed little, but it was still fascinating.