Something doesn't add up for seasoned reporter Jeremy Scahill, when the scene of a supposed Taliban honour killing in the village of Khatabeh in Afghanistan starts to sound more like a botched (and covered up) US military night raid. As Scahill delves deeper, it becomes clear that this is just the tip of the iceberg on a list of astonishing acts committed by the most secret fighting force in the US.

Tracing the rise of the Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC), Scahill finds evidence of drone strikes carried out on the barest of suspicions; government–condoned torture; and the brutal deaths of countless innocent civilians chalked up to 'collateral damage'. Working through a 'find, fix and finish' kill-list, this unit acts under the radar and with complete impunity, all in the name of the 'War on Terror'.

By taking us on Scahill's personal journey through this web of complex and wide ranging information, director Richard Rowley skilfully presents an urgent exposé on the dirtiest of government secrets; one that is riveting, accessible and incendiary.


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BRITDOC Films is working with human rights lawyers at Reprieve to draw attention to the UK role in this new phase in the so-called Global War on Terror – the reliance on targeted killings without trial.

You can find out more and donate to Reprieve here. 

One of the leading organisations tracking the outcomes of US drone strikes is The Bureau of Investigative Journalism based in the UK. They recently reported that from June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562 to 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 to 881 were civilians, including 176 children.

You can find out more and donate to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism HERE.



Cinematography Award (US Documentary) - Sundance Film Festival 2013

Best Documentary - Boston Independent Film Festival 2013

Cinematography Award - Mountainfilm 2013

Best Documentary - Little Rock Film Festival 2013

Nominee, Grand Jury Prize (US Documentary) - Sundance Film Festival 2013