Articles by Jeremy Scahill

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American Horrors: Regime Change in Iraq to the Rise of ISIS (Podcast)
Jeremy Scahill – Intercepted Podcast, 4 Nov 2019

30 Oct 2019 – Amid the grandstanding and partisan bickering, no one wants to talk about the decades of U.S. policy that helped give rise to ISIS and al-Qaeda. Jeremy Scahill discusses how U.S. policy opened a Pandora’s Box in Iraq and Syria. Islamic studies scholar Amanda Rogers discusses the actual founder of ISIS, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and how ISIS adopted tactics from the U.S. war on terror. War reporter Mike Giglio talks about his time on the ground covering ISIS.

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The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist (Reprint)
Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept, 9 Sep 2019

23 Jul 2014 – The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

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Blacklisted Academic Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, “the World’s Largest Concentration Camp”
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 28 May 2018

20 May 2018 – The son of holocaust survivors talks about war crimes, “cowardly” Israel, possible war with Iran, and his new book, “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.”

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Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies
Matthew Cole and Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 11 Dec 2017

5 Dec 2017 – The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 24 Jul 2017

22 Jul 2017 – Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi’s genocidal military destruction of Yemen. Meanwhile, China has quietly and rapidly expanded its influence without deploying its military on foreign soil. A new book by the famed historian Alfred McCoy predicts that China is set to surpass the influence of the U.S. globally, both militarily and economically, by the year 2030.

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Julian Assange Strikes Back at CIA Director and Talks Trump, Russia, and Hillary Clinton
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 24 Apr 2017

19 Apr 2017 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is hitting back at Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo following a speech last week in which Pompeo accused WikiLeaks of being a “hostile nonstate intelligence agency” operating outside of the protections of the First Amendment.

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Echo Papa Exposed: Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force
Jeremy Scahill and Matthew Cole – The Intercept, 18 Apr 2016

The conversion of crop dusters into light attack aircraft had long been part of Prince’s vision for defeating terrorists and insurgencies in Africa and the Middle East. In Prince’s view, these single-engine fixed-wing planes, retrofitted for war zones, would revolutionize the way small wars were fought. They would also turn a substantial profit.

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Stingrays: A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone
Jeremy Scahill and Margot Williams – The Intercept, 21 Dec 2015

17 Dec 2015 – The intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies.

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The Drone Papers – The Assassination Complex (1 of 8)
Jeremy Scahill - The Intercept, 19 Oct 2015

Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama’s drone wars. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.

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The Drone Papers – Find, Fix, Finish (4 of 8)
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 19 Oct 2015

For the Pentagon, creating an architecture of assassination meant navigating a turf war with the CIA.

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Germany is the Tell-Tale Heart of America’s Drone War
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 20 Apr 2015

A top-secret U.S. intelligence document obtained by The Intercept reveals that the sprawling U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany plays a critical role in the American drone program, relaying commands from drone operators to their remote aircraft in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and other targeted countries.

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The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets
Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley – The Intercept, 16 Mar 2015

10 Mar 2015 – Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.

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Gemalto Doesn’t Know What It Doesn’t Know
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 2 Mar 2015

25 Feb 2015 – Gemalto, the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, launched an internal investigation after The Intercept six days ago revealed that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ hacked the company and cyberstalked its employees. In the secret documents, provided by Edward Snowden, the intelligence agencies described a successful effort to obtain secret encryption keys used to protect hundreds of millions of mobile devices across the globe.

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The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle
Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley – The Intercept, 23 Feb 2015

19 Feb 2015 – American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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How Al Qaeda’s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen (and Why the U.S. Government Is Unlikely to Support Them)
Casey L. Coombs and Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 26 Jan 2015

22 Jan 2015 – Yemen’s president, his prime minister and entire cabinet resigned, giving unprecedented power to the Houthis, a Shiite minority from the country’s northern highlands.

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Develops Its Own Version of Reddit’s AMA and Twitter’s Blue Checkmark Verification
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 26 Jan 2015

AQAP has deployed social media operatives on Twitter to spread its message and to engage with its followers and critics alike. Despite U.S. government attempts to shut down its accounts, AQAP has proven effective at maintaining its own bizarro verification methods.

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Al Qaeda Source: AQAP Directed Paris Attack
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 12 Jan 2015

9 Jan 2015 — A source within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has provided The Intercept with a full statement claiming responsibility for the attack against the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers
Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept, 11 Aug 2014

5 Aug 2014 – Nearly half of the 680,000 people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.

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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist
Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept, 28 Jul 2014

23 Jul 2014 – The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

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The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 17 Feb 2014

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. Obama once told his aides that it “turns out I’m really good at killing people; didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.”

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Welcome to ‘The Intercept’ [Newest Online Magazine by Star Investigative Journalists]
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

10 Feb 2014 – Our short-term mission is to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures by our source, Edward Snowden. Our longer-term mission is to provide aggressive and independent adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.

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Perpetual War: How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?
Jeremy Scahill - TomDispatch, 4 Nov 2013

The drone strike in Yemen the day Obama was sworn in served as a potent symbol of a reality that had been clearly established during his first four years in office: U.S. unilateralism and exceptionalism were not only bipartisan principles in Washington, but a permanent American institution.

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JSOC: The Black Ops Force That Took Down Bin Laden
Jeremy Scahill - The Nation, 9 May 2011

The team of US Special Operations Forces who killed Osama bin Laden in a pre-dawn raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, were led by elite Navy SEALS from the Joint Special Operations Command. Operators from SEAL Team Six, also known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or just DevGru, are widely considered to be the most elite warriors in the US national security apparatus.

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The Dangerous US Game in Yemen
Jeremy Scahill – The Nation, 4 Apr 2011

The day before US missiles began raining down on Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya, hundreds of miles away—across the Red Sea—security forces under the control of Yemen’s US-backed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, massacred more than fifty people who were participating in an overwhelmingly peaceful protest in the capital, Sana. Some of the victims were shot in the head by snipers.

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A Real Sharia Law Promoter for Peter King to Investigate
Jeremy Scahill – The Nation, 14 Mar 2011

Former Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Schmitz has tried to use Sharia law to fight lawsuits alleging corporate misconduct that led to deaths of US servicemen. As Representative Peter King begins his hunt for Islamic radicals in our midst, including infiltrators of the US government and military, I hope that part of his inquiry focuses on those who really advocate Sharia law in the United States.

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Blackwater’s Black Ops
Jeremy Scahill – The Nation, 20 Sep 2010

Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation.

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WikiLeaks and War Crimes
Jeremy Scahill – The Nation, 30 Aug 2010

Four months before WikiLeaks rocketed to international notoriety, the Robin Hoods of the Internet quietly published a confidential CIA document labeled “NOFORN” (for “no foreign nationals”)—meaning that it should not be shared even with US allies. That’s because the March “Red Cell Special Memorandum” was a call to arms for a propaganda war to influence public opinion in allied nations. The CIA report describes a crisis in European support for the Afghanistan war, noting that 80 percent of German and French citizens are against increasing their countries’ military involvement.

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Is Blackwater’s Erik Prince Moving to the United Arab Emirates?
Jeremy Scahill – Common Dreams, 21 Jun 2010

With Blackwater’s top deputies indicted on federal charges and the company up for sale, rumors are swirling that Prince is preparing to bolt to a country with no extradition treaty with the US.

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US SECURITY COMPANY OFFERS TO PERFORM “HIGH THREAT TERMINATIONS” AND CONFRONT “WORKER UNREST” IN HAITI
Jeremy Scahill – Rebel Reports, 21 Jan 2010

Here we go: New Orleans 2.0We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months. Private security companies are seeing big dollar signs in Haiti thanks in no small part to the media hype […]

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‘RETHINKING AFGHANISTAN’
Robert Greenwald (documentary) & Jeremy Scahill (article), 9 Oct 2009

Destroys Failed Logic of WarNew Video Documentary & Article Americans should stop and rethink support for a war that worsens by the day, costs billions of dollars, causes the deaths of U.S. soldiers and countless Afghan civilians and which, ultimately, will make the U.S. less safe. CLICK TO VIEW – ICH

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OBAMA HAS 250,000 ‘CONTRACTORS’ DEPLOYED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND IS INCREASING THE USE OF MERCENARIES
Jeremy Scahill, 2 Jun 2009

Newly released Pentagon statistics show that in both Iraq and Afghanistan the number of armed contractors is rising. A couple of years ago, Blackwater executive Joseph Schmitz seemed to see a silver lining for mercenary companies with the prospect of US forces being withdrawn or reduced in Iraq. “There is a scenario where we could […]

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NEOCON GROUP CALLS FOR MILITARY STRIKES ON MEDIA
Jeremy Scahill, 24 May 2009

In the era of embedded media, independent journalists have become the eyes and ears of the world. Without those un-embedded journalists willing to risk their lives to place themselves on the other side of the barrel of the tank or the gun or under the air strikes, history would be written almost entirely from the […]

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U.S. MERCENARIES TO UN: STOP USING THE WORD ‘MERCENARY’ IN YOUR INVESTIGATION OF MERCENARIES
Jeremy Scahill, 16 Apr 2009

The U.S. mercenary trade association asks the UN to join its rebranding campaign. The latest episode of "Total Makeover: Make Me a More Huggable Mercenary" is just too precious to pass up. As observers of the rise of private paramilitary forces, like Blackwater/Xe (Bush’s thugs) and Triple Canopy (Obama’s hired guns) know, the mercenary industry […]

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‘PIRATES’ STRIKE A U.S. SHIP OWNED BY A PENTAGON CONTRACTOR, BUT IS THE MEDIA TELLING THE WHOLE STORY?
Jeremy Scahill, 9 Apr 2009

Reports say the crew of a U.S. cargo vessel seized early today [Apr 8] has retaken the ship, but there’s more to the story of rising "pirate" attacks. UPDATE: At least one nuclear-powered U.S. warship is reportedly on its way to the scene of the hijacking off the coast of Somalia of a vessel owned […]

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US HYPOCRISY ON NORTH KOREA: LET’S TALK ABOUT ISRAEL’S NUKES
Jeremy Scahill, 7 Apr 2009

President Obama’s administration is pressing for diplomatic retaliation, perhaps in the form of more sanctions against North Korea, after Pyonyang launched a rocket into space. There are conflicting reports about the success of the launch. North Korea says the rocket carried a satellite, which is now orbiting the earth. That’s according to state-run media in […]

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OBAMA’S BLACKWATER? CHICAGO MERCENARY FIRM GETS MILLIONS FOR PRIVATE “SECURITY” IN ISRAEL AND IRAQ
Jeremy Scahill, 2 Apr 2009

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama’s advisers said he "can’t rule out [and] won’t rule out" using mercenary forces, like Blackwater. Now, it appears that the Obama administration has decided on its hired guns of choice: Triple Canopy, a Chicago company now based in Virginia. It may not have Blackwater’s thuggish reputation, but Triple Canopy […]

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OBAMA’S KETTLE OF HAWKS
Jeremy Scahill, 4 Dec 2008

Barack Obama has assembled a team of rivals to implement his foreign policy. But while pundits and journalists speculate endlessly on the potential for drama with Hillary Clinton at the state department and Bill Clinton’s network of shady funders, the real rivalry that will play out goes virtually unmentioned. The main battles will not be […]

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THIS IS CHANGE? 20 HAWKS, CLINTONITES AND NEOCONS TO WATCH FOR IN OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE
Jeremy Scahill, AlterNet, 20 Nov 2008

A Who’s Who Guide to the People Poised to Shape Obama’s Foreign Policy U.S. policy is not about one individual, and no matter how much faith people place in President-elect Barack Obama, the policies he enacts will be fruit of a tree with many roots. Among them: his personal politics and views, the disastrous realities […]

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