Mark Mazzetti on the CIA's Secret Army and Shadow War

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Mark Mazzetti gives an account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines around the world. In The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, Mazzetti tells the story of that shadow war, a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies.


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Obama's Drone War on innocent civilians in Asia

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Britain has estimated that, in the first three years after President Obama took office, between 282 and 535 civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes — including more than 60 children."

"We’re looking right now at a reality that President Obama has essentially extended the very [drone war] policies that many of his supporters once opposed under President Bush," says Scahill."

Apr. 10 2013 02:30 PM
Jf from Truth

Baby killers!

Apr. 10 2013 12:44 PM
ej from westchester

Mr. Lehrer,

Please ask tougher question to this NYtimes propaganda minister who sews ignorance not by false information, but by not asking tougher questions and choosing details.

Apr. 10 2013 12:38 PM

The McClatchy news service has reported that the Obama administration has indeed targeted 'others' — people not in the al Qaeda leadership, something the administration has denied. The CIA has a significant role in drone control. Any thoughts from Mazzetti?

Apr. 10 2013 12:12 PM
michael from nyc

I hope Leonard will ask Mr Mazetti what he knows/thinks about a report last year that an American General revealed to press corps that US has been dropping special ops forces behind the lines in north korea for some time to track missile sites and missile tunnnels, this was reported at a press conference in korea last year, widely distributed for a week, then the story quickly disappeared and the military officer in question was fired (I believe) does Mr mazzetti know any more about this story?

Apr. 10 2013 12:10 PM

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