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Covert Wars: An Evening with Jeremy Scahill

Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Location:  Memorial Union
Wisconsin Union Theater. JEREMY SCAHILL  confronts America’s War on Terror—a campaign of assassinations, drone strikes, surveillance, and covert ops—with rare insight. In talks, he draws from his nearly two decades of investigative reporting to illuminate the biased media coverage and hidden agendas of US foreign policy. In so doing, he offers an ethical appeal for greater transparency and accountability in both election coverage and international journalism. 

An investigative reporter and war correspondent, Jeremy Scahill is one of the three founding editors of  The Intercept . His latest book, featuring a foreword by Edward Snowden and written with the staff of  The Intercept , is  The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program . He is also the international bestselling author of  Blackwater  and  Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield . The film adaptation of  Dirty Wars , which he wrote, produced, and narrates, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Teju Cole calls the book “[A] courageous and exhaustive examination of the way a number of clandestine campaigns—full of crimes, cover-ups, and assassinations—became the United States’ main strategy for combating terrorism.”

Scahill has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. He has served as the national security correspondent for  The Nation  and  Democracy Now! . His work has sparked several congressional investigations and has twice won the George Polk Book Award, one of journalism’s highest honors.
Scahill's lecture is titled Covert Wars: The Hidden Story of America's Assassination Policy. He draws  from his bestselling books  Dirty Wars ,  Blackwater , and the new  The Assassination Complex , Scahill presents a chilling portrait of America’s now normalized assassination strategy: a combination of drone strikes, covert raids, private security forces, secret prisons, and unimaginable civilian casualties.  This talk reveals a number of key components of US foreign policy. It shows how thousands of secret soldiers, drawn from Blackwater Worldwide, the Navy and CIA, Delta Force, and other special operations are deployed to carry out America’s kill/capture raids across hundreds of countries. It describes howthe American government has sentenced individuals to death without arrest, trial or appeal. It explains how this practice endures (and will endure) regardless of Republican or Democratic presidencies, and how it has been deliberately concealed from public debate by both Obama and Bush.
“[A] fantastic piece of investigative reporting.”
— Noam Chomsky on  Dirty Wars
Please Join DLS and the Center for the Humanities for an Evening with Jeremy Scahill on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30pm in Shannon Hall, Memorial Union (doors at 7:00pm). This event is free and unticketed. Sign language interpreting will be provided. If you need another accommodation to attend this event, please contact Megan Spletzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met. 
Sign up here  to attend a discussion with Jeremy from 4:00-5:00pm on Tuesday, March 6th! Please note that space is limited and we will confirm your attendance 48 hours before the event. UPDATE 3/4/2018: This form has been closed. 

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