Jeremy Scahill quotes

  • I wasn’t like, boo hoo, Bin Laden’s dead, but I wasn’t jumping. America’s a very nationalistic country, and in episodes like that of his death, it becomes jingoism. People are drinking, dancing in the street, chanting USA like they’re at the World Cup, like they won it… It’s sick that we turned it into a sporting event.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Country #Drinking #Usa

  • If I were to read about me purely on Twitter, I wouldn’t know what to make of me.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

  • If we're going to kill our own people without even charging them with a crime, well, then we should just say we live in a different country, and stop telling the world that we're the sort of great, shining city on the hill.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Country #Cities #People

  • My philosophy about journalism is simple - that we have a job to hold those in power accountable, to give voice to the voiceless, and to provide people with information that they can use to make informed decisions about what policies they want enacted in their name and what policies they don't.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Jobs #Philosophy #Simple

  • I think we [Americans] are going to look back and realize that the civil liberties that we've given up in the name of security, the authority that we've given Democratic and Republican presidents, all have contributed to a fraying of the fabric of our democratic republic.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Thinking #Names #President

  • I don't pretend to be objective. There is no such thing as being an objective journalist.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Journalist #Objectives

  • I have chosen to cast my lot with independent media outlets because I believe that only through independent reporting where you are not beholding to the interests of corporations or government are you able to really aggressively pursue the truth.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Believe #Independent #Government

  • For much of my life as a journalist, I've viewed myself as being embedded with civilians and with those people who live on the other side of the barrel of a gun.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Gun #People #Sides

  • I believe that we [Americans] are making more new enemies than we are killing terrorists at this point, and I think it's time that we stepped back from this aggressive assertion that we can just go to any country and conduct lethal operations.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Country #Believe #Thinking

  • My fear, as an American, is that our own actions are going to contribute to an inspiration for terrorists to want to harm us or kill us.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Inspiration #Want #Action

  • What I believe in is being transparent and truthful and always trying to get the facts right. People will make their own judgment of whether or not they want to trust you based on how transparent you are with them and the principles that you bring to the game.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Believe #Games #Always Trying

  • If you're a human being, you'd have to be terrified. The impunity ... That these guys can sit on a TV show and just chat in a relaxed way about killing people like Julian Assange. They're joking, but at the same time, it's a vicious kind of rhetoric. The degree of enmity and the show of power and force against Assange must have terrified him. He was prepared to be paranoid when he was young - when nobody was actually after him. But this easy kind of vitriol and hatred that you now see as part of common discourse, it's become part and parcel of our everyday chatter.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #People #Hatred #Guy

  • The first week I was in Iraq, I said, "This is what I want to do. I want to be a reporter and to tell stories of people whose stories would not be told if we don't gather them." It's part of what I think of as the one-two punch of journalism. You're trying to give voice to the voiceless, and then you're also trying to hold those in power accountable, regardless of what party they're in.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Party #Thinking #People

  • Because I didn't see war in Iraq through the partisan lens that seems to dominate a lot of the perspective today with Fox News on the one side and MSNBC on the other, I didn't see it as Democrats good, Republicans bad. I saw it as a situation where the United States is a force that engages in these military operations around the world, and it's the job of journalists to provide the American people with information they can use to make informed decisions.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Military #War #People

  • I also think that we [Americans] are operating out of fear in our country. It's not that terrorism is not a threat, but it's not an existential threat. It is not the preeminent threat facing most Americans on any given day, and yet the power of nightmares is so strong.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Country #Strong #Thinking

  • You can do as much diligence as possible before you go somewhere to try to protect yourself and the people around you.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #People #Trying #Diligence

  • Now, here we are, and we have Obama in office, and he has drawn down forces in Iraq - which is a plan that was on Bush's desk the day that he left office. The forces in Afghanistan, he's going to draw down, too. But at the same time, Obama has also expanded a lot of the more unsavory, covert aspects of the wars, with the drone strikes and some of the night-raid missions.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #War #Office #Afghanistan

  • I wasn’t like, boo hoo, Bin Laden’s dead, but I wasn’t jumping. America’s a very nationalistic country, and in episodes like that of his death, it becomes jingoism. People are drinking, dancing in the street, chanting USA like they’re at the World Cup, like they won it… It’s sick that we turned it into a sporting event.
    -- Jeremy Scahill

    #Country #Drinking #Jumping

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