i think we have to see greenwald and scahill here, like seymour hersh for many years before them, as under CIA protection

CIA enjoys beating up on other intelligence agencies, and on the Pentagon. But protection is not absolute. Anyone who trusts any intelligence agency to protect him against another is taking a major risk – RB

Greenwald & Scahill team up for project on NSA
Jenny Barchfield, AP, Sep 28 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill said Saturday they’ve teamed up to report on the NSA’s role in what one called a “US assassination program.” The journalists provided no evidence of the purported US program at the news conference, nor details of who it targeted. Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and author of “Dirty Wars,” said he will be working with Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about NSA surveillance programs based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Scahill, speaking to moviegoers in Rio de Janeiro, where the documentary based on his book made its Latin American debut at the Rio Film Festival, said:

The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the NSA plays a significant, central role in the US assassination program. There are so many stories that are yet to be published that we hope will produce ‘actionable intelligence,’ or information that ordinary citizens across the world can use to try to fight for change, to try to confront those in power.

“Dirty Wars” the film, directed by Richard Rowley, traces Scahill’s investigations into JSOC. The movie, which won a prize for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Scahill from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia, talking to the families of people killed by US attacks. Neither Scahill nor Greenwald, who also appeared at the film festival’s question and answer panel, provided many details about their joint project. Greenwald has been making waves since the first in a series of stories on the NSA spying program appeared in Britain’s Guardian newspaper in June. Last week, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff postponed a scheduled state dinner with Obama after television reports to which Greenwald had contributed revealed that NSA had aggressively targeted the Brazilian government and private citizens. Rousseff railed (routine abusive epithet for critics of any US activity – RB) against US surveillance during her address to the UNGA earlier this week. Scahill and Greenwald applauded Rousseff’s reactions to the revelations, but Greenwald warned:

The really important thing to realize is the desire for surveillance is not a uniquely USAian attribute. The US has just devoted way more money and way more resources than anyone else to spying on the world.

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