Jeremy Scahill (born October 18, 1974) is the National Security Correspondent forThe Nation magazine and author of the international bestseller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, which won the George Polk Book Award. His newest book is Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, published by Nation Books on April 23, 2013. On January 8, 2013, the documentary film of the same name was released. Scahill is a Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Scahill learned the journalism trade and got his start as a journalist on the independentlysyndicated daily news show Democracy Now!. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Red Flags: He supports Yemen journalist with marriage links to Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, former boss of Anwar al-Awlaki. He blames the Kenya mall attack on "disastrous U.S. meddling" in what he called a staged invasion of a legitimate Islamist government in Somalia. Consistently against counterterrorism efforts of NSA, CIA in Somalia, Blackwater which was key to Iraq operations.
- Abdulelah Haider Shaye (Advocate for) related through marriage with radical Islamic cleric Abdul Majeed al-Zindani to help him gain interview access to Al Qaeda leaders, including the late Yemeni-American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
- Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
- CIA - Scahill revealed the existence of a CIA-run counter-terrorism center at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia,
- Counterterrorism - usually against
- Covert Wars - against US covert wars
- Democracy Now
- Glenn Greenwald
- Kenya: Blames Al Shabab attack on United States: "Al Shabab's Nairobi Mall Rampage Tied to Disastrous U.S. Meddling in Somalia"
- Nation Institute
- Somalia - (against the US, pro-terrorist) Reveals CIA anti-terrorist operations in Somalia, calls U.S. "meddling" disasterous
- Yemen Scahill has been an advocate for imprisoned Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye
Jeremy Scahill Explains Who Is Al Shabaab And "The Management Of Savagery" todaysnewsvideos
staged an invasion of Somalia
joining me now is jeremy ask a hill, my colleague at "the nation" magazine, where he's national security correspondent. he is also author of "dirty wars," producer and writing of the film by the same name. jerry, you were in somalia . there's footage of you being on a rooftop with incoming fire from al shabaab fighters, basically. what do you make of the conflicting reports about whether al shabaab or al qaeda did it, and who is al shabaab and how are they different from al qaeda ?
>> right, well, first of all, al shabaab was a group of relative nobodies in 2006 during the bush administration . they were a sort of outlier in a group called the islamic courts union , which was largely made up of, almost exclusively made up of somali actors. and these actors meaning players on the scene in somalia . and al shabaabwas the sort of group among those that sort of had the most allegiance to al qaeda or affinity for osama bin laden 's message, but they had no political sway whatsoever domestically within somalia . the u.s. partnered with the ethiopian military in 2006 - 2007 and staged an invasion of somalia , and they dismantled this government of theislamic courts union , which was the only government that brought stability in somalia since the blackhawk down episode. so, what happened as a result of that is that the shabab became the vanguard of what was viewed as a movement to fight off a crusading force backed by the united states . so, al shabaab started to get street credibility within somalia because they were the only ones fighting. the rest of the networks had been disrupted, co-yopted, killed or imprisoned by the americans or ethiopians. so, what happened at the end of the day is that al qaeda was able to get a foothold in somalia and it had never been able to before. bin laden desperately wanted to get into somalia and somalis rejected him. the u.s. invasion with ethiopia opened the door and al shabaab has gotten more militant as the years have gone on.
>> and they clearly seem to have an agenda if, in fact, this is somali al shabaab fighters behind this. why would they attack a kenyan mall?
>> well, there's a long history of al qaeda in east africa and eventually al shabaab staging attacks in kenya and elsewhere in africa.
>> of course the embassy bombings.
>> yes, in '98 in tanzania and kenya , but there was also a 2002 attempt to shoot down israeli aircraft in mombasa. then you had the bombing at the world cup in 2010 in uganda, an american citizen was killed in that as well as a number of ugandans. and i think that, you know, if you look at the past two years, kenya has been deeply involved with somali politics, funding warlords. i traveled with a kenyan-backed warlord who had brand new military equipment given to him in the summer of 2011 , and then kenya staged an invasion of parts of southern somalia . and i think al shabaab has seized on this idea that kenya is a puppet or a proxy for the u.s., and that's really the message that they've propagandized.
>> what does it say about the state of al qaeda or global ji jihadis in 2013 that this attack happened, that it's coming from possibly somalia ? it seems to me like it's the situation which we smash one or disrupt one network and they seem to pop up somewhere else .
>> right. something interesting is that when i was last in somalia in the summer of 2011 , the head of al qaeda in east africa was killed in mogadishu, fazul mohammed . and among the documents seized, and i reported on this in my book, were letters from fazul to ayman al zawahiri , number two in al qaeda . and what fazul said is shabaab is making a mistake trying to hold territory in somalia and you need to go back to managing savagery. there is a famous al qaeda paper called "the management of savagery," and data is make it impossible for anyone else to govern. make people feel fear and that the government cannot protect them.
>> and i think that's part of what we're seeing. but there's no one al shabaab right now, which is why the kenyans being splintered, and it's ann clear who is exactly krogh the organization. journalist jerry scahill,
In July 2011, Scahill revealed the existence of a CIA-run counter-terrorism center at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, and reported on a previously unknown secret prison located in the basement of the US-funded Somali National Security Agency
Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations. In 2010, Scahill testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on the US's shadow wars in Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, in which he stated:
As the war rages on in Afghanistan and—despite spin to the contrary—in Iraq as well, US Special Operations Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency are engaged in parallel, covert, shadow wars that are waged in near total darkness and largely away from effective or meaningful Congressional oversight or journalistic scrutiny. The actions and consequences of these wars is seldom discussed in public or investigated by the Congress. The current US strategy can be summed up as follows: We are trying to kill our way to peace. And the killing fields are growing in number.
In July 2011, Scahill revealed the existence of a CIA-run counter-terrorism center at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, and reported on a previously unknown secret prison located in the basement of the US-funded Somali National Security Agency, in which – according to a US official – US agents interrogated prisoners.
When the public became aware of President Obama's "Kill List," Scahill was frequently cited as an expert on the topic ofextrajudicial killings.
An article in Alternet has described Jeremy Scahill as a "progressive journalist."