Shows featuring Jeremy Scahill

  • Blackwater: From the Nisoor Square Massacre to the Future of the Mercenary Industry Blackwaterjeremyjune
    The private military firm Blackwater has gone from being a relatively unknown contractor working in Iraq to a household name and the subject of multiple investigations, lawsuits and congressional inquiries. In the meantime, the company continues to reap millions of dollars in profits and was recently awarded a new contract from the State Department. Last year, Democracy Now! correspondent and Nation...
    June 02, 2008 | Story
  • "War, Inc.": John Cusack’s New Film Satirizes the Corruption, Profiteering and Hubris Behind the Iraq War Warincweb
    John Cusack joins us to talk about War, Inc., his new film taking on issues few in Hollywood today would dare to: war profiteering, mercenaries, political corruption and embedded journalism. A political satire, the film stars Cusack as Brand Hauser, a hit-man for hire who is deployed to the fictional country of Turaqistan to kill a Middle Eastern oil baron. Hauser’s employer is Tamerlane,...
    May 23, 2008 | Story
  • State Dept. Renews Blackwater Contract in Iraq Despite Pentagon Labeling Sept. Baghdad Killing of 17 Civilians "A Criminal Event" Blackwaterweb18
    The State Department has announced it is extending the private military firm Blackwater’s contract in Baghdad for another year. The news comes despite an ongoing FBI investigation into the September 16th shooting in Baghdad where Blackwater guards were accused of killing seventeen Iraqi civilians. An earlier investigation by the Pentagon found that all seventeen Iraqis were killed as a result...
    April 07, 2008 | Story
  • Jeremy Scahill: Despite Antiwar Rhetoric, Clinton-Obama Plans Would Keep US Mercenaries, Troops in Iraq for Years to Come Blackwaterweb4
    Jeremy Scahill reports Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will not "rule out" using private military companies like Blackwater Worldwide in Iraq. Obama also has no plans to sign on to legislation that seeks to ban the use of these forces in US war zones by January 2009. Despite their antiwar rhetoric, both Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton have adopted the congressional Democratic...
    February 28, 2008 | Story
  • Samantha Power v. Jeremy Scahill: A Debate on U.S. Actions in the Balkans, the Independence of Kosovo, the Iraq Sanctions and Humanitarian Intervention Powerscahilldebate
    As Kosovo declares its independence, we speak to two people who have closely followed the situation in the Balkans. Samantha Power wrote extensively about Bosnia and Kosovo in her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, which won a 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent. He covered the NATO bombings of Kosovo and Yugoslavia...
    February 22, 2008 | Story
  • What is Blackwater’s Role in the 2008 Presidential Race? Blackcweb
    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney cited Cofer Black, the former head of Counterterrorism at the CIA, as his advisor on issues involving prisoner interrogation during a recent presidential debate. Black is now the vice chairman on private military firm, Blackwater. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,"...
    December 10, 2007 | Story
  • EXCLUSIVE : Family Members of Slain Iraqis Sue Blackwater USA for Deadly Baghdad Shooting Burkeweb
    The Center for Constitutional Rights is filing a lawsuit today under the Alien Tort Claims Act on behalf of the families of three of the Iraqis killed, as well as another Iraqi who was injured, when Blackwater guards shot dead 17 Iraqis and injured many more. We speak with CCR attorney Susan Burke and Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill, author of the bestselling book "Blackwater:...
    October 11, 2007 | Story
  • Mr. Prince Goes to Washington: Blackwater Founder Testifies Before Congress Erik_princeweb
    Erik Prince, the founder and chairman of Blackwater USA, testified the before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform amid a public firestorm over the role of private military firms operating in Iraq and a string of probes into Blackwater’s conduct. We play excerpts of the hearing and speak with Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most...
    October 03, 2007 | Story
  • Blackwater Back on Patrol in Baghdad as Shootings Probe Continues Blackwater_mercenariesweb
    On Monday, the Iraqi government said it will await the outcome of an investigation into last Sunday’s killing of at least 11 people by Blackwater USA in Baghdad before taking any action against the company. The statement comes one day after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the shooting deaths pose "a serious challenge to the sovereignty of Iraq." We speak with Jeremy Scahill,...
    September 24, 2007 | Story
  • Can Iraq (or Anyone) Hold Blackwater Accountable for Killing Iraqi Civilians? A Debate on the Role of Private Contractors in Iraq Blackwtrweb
    As the Iraq government expels Blackwater over the killing of 11 Iraqi civilians, Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army," debates Doug Brooks, president of International Peace Operations Association, a trade group for the private security industry. [includes rush transcript]
    September 18, 2007 | Story
  • Leading GOP Candidate Romney Taps Blackwater’s Cofer Black as Campaign Adviser Blackc5-23
    Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped Blackwater executive Cofer Black as a senior campaign advisor. Romney has called for a doubling of the US prison camp at Guantanamo. Black–who has been vice chairman at Blackwater for two years–was director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center during 9/11 and led the agency’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. [includes rush...
    May 23, 2007 | Story
  • Democracy Now! Learns the Pentagon Is Asking Humanitarian Groups for Global Positioning Coordinates of Civilian Sites in Iraq, Such as Water Treatment Facilities and Power Plants: Is It to Bomb Them
    President Bush last night spoke at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and claimed an invasion of Iraq will set the stage for peace in the Middle East. He also tried to allay fears of a humanitarian disaster. Claiming "the first to benefit from a free Iraq would be the Iraqi people themselves," he promised the U.S. will deliver medicine and said the U.S. is already moving into...
    February 27, 2003 | Story
  • Jeremy Scahill Reports from Belgrade
    NATO air raids have increased once again in Yugoslavia after two days of cloudy weather, while political leaders and diplomats today press their search for a diplomatic solution to the war. NATO said its jets bombed an industrial zone, a main highway and an airport, among other sites across Yugoslavia. Serb media reported that the attacks hit bridges, a bus station, a cigarette factory and a printing...
    May 18, 1999 | Story
    Despite its small size, Albania — and the some three million ethnic Albanians living in the former Yugoslavia — have been at the center of the upheavals that have been rocking the Balkans since the collapse of state socialism. Generally, Albanian minorities have been used as scapegoats — and worse — by many nationalist leaders in the region.
    August 15, 1997 | Story
    Last year, the annual conference of the National Coalition on Police Accountability drew a handful of activists. But at this year’s conference in Philadelphia, more than 200 people from across the country came together last week to grapple with the problem of police abuse, corruption and democratic accountability.
    August 08, 1997 | Story
    Documents withheld from Senate investigators until this week show that an Asian businessman who tried to funnel money to the Democrats visited the White House ten times. The documents show that the businessman known as Mr. Wu once dined with the President. Fred Thompson, chair of the committee investigating campaign finance abuse, angrily accused the White House of withholding the documents until...
    July 31, 1997 | Story
    This week the West Alabama Center Clinic was the target of arson. This is the 13th attack against and abortion clinic this year, the highest rate of anti-abortion violence since 1984.
    July 24, 1997 | Story
  • Crisis in Zaire
    After more than 30 years of brutal dictatorship, President Mobuto Sese Seko of the Central African country of Zaire faces a powerful insurgent army. The rebel Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zairian now controls the eastern portion of Zaire and is now threatening to move on to the capital Kinsasha.
    March 20, 1997 | Story
  • George Tenet Nominated For CIA Chief
    President Clinton nominated George Tenet for the post of CIA chief yesterday. Tenet, 44, is a career intelligence officer and is widely viewed as acceptable to both the CIA covert operations wing and conservative Republicans. He was formerly staff director of the Senate Intelligence Committee from 1989 to 1992, and he has served as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence since July 1995 and...
    March 20, 1997 | Story
  • Local Campaign Finance Reform
    Lost in all the noise of the campaign finance scandals in Washington are the efforts of hundreds of grassroots organizations nationwide that are fighting for real campaign reform at a local level. Over the next few days, we’re going around the country to hear what grassroots groups are doing to expose and reduce the influence of private money and special interests on campaigns in their towns,...
    March 20, 1997 | Story