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For some time now, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill has been preoccupied with the story of how the American state has responded to the opportunities afforded by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 .The book charts how the journalist uncovered traces of JSOC action in Afghanistan, only to discover that the force first metastasized during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.So it is that when Scahill officially commenced work on his book (in 2010, according to an interview in The Guardian late last year) he collaborated with director Richard Rowley to shoot a documentary film version as well."Kabul Afghanistan," Scahill intones at the start of the movie.U.S. officials were uninterested in the Gardez killings, and occupation forces attempted to intimidate Times journalist Jerome Starkey, who first broke the story, into silence.Scahill goes on to speak with various U.S. intelligence and military officials and veterans – pro-regime and whistleblowers – who either stonewall his inquires or aid them. The story takes him to Yemen, Somalia and the U.S. Rowley's "Dirty Wars" is most successful in distilling the human stories Scahill uncovered and repackaging them for movie and television audiences.There the glowering Scahill appears to be buying black cloth.
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