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Jeremy Scahill, National Security Reporter for The Nation magazine, talks about the United States’ increasingly unpopular counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen.
it's not that we're arrogant in these places, it's that we mess with these countries for our own interests, put into place a puppet or crazy dictator to disrupt the society so we can have control over the country. THEN, when we lose control b/c the dictator stops doing as we say (such as allowing us to exploit their resources), we try to get that leader out and call that our 'push for democracy.
So, of course, the people (especially the women) want and deserve their freedom and would want to get rid of the extremists that are in power in their country. But we're not talking to the people, we're talking to the gov and it's line of corrupt officials/businesses who would say they don't want the western influence, namely democracy.
Are any efforts being made to improve verification of the info these strikes are based on, to avoid killing more innocent people?
Jeremy is a dying breed of journalist. This is a serious question, how does he stay alive in the field?
Can you ask your guest about the recent emails leaked by Wikileaks? It seems our media has all but ignored them.
What does Scahill think of the wikileaks revelation that OBL's body was brought back to the U.S. That according to Stratfor email from Fred Burton. http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/03/01/live-blog-wikileaks-releases-the-stratfor-emails-day-4/#Respond
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