25 August 2009 Main Posts Overland undercover in the Oz (and elsewhere) Jeff Sparrow Yesterday the Australian ran an interesting story about independent filmmaker Carmela Baranowska, who won a Walkley for her documentary Taliban Country. The Oz‘s feature begins: FIVE years later people no longer stop me in the street and ask: “What happened? Did the Taliban kidnap you? Why are you still alive?” In the beginning, the plan was simple: I would embed with the US military. I had an official letter from SBS’s Dateline current affairs program requesting military accreditation. I would live with a US military Provincial Reconstruction Team; I would be in a remote part of Afghanistan; I would be away for two months. At the Forward Operating Base, the C130 transport plane, nicknamed “The Bird”, landed in complete darkness. We were in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of south-central Afghanistan, in what the marines called “Taliban country”. I spent the next three weeks living in a city of dirt and sleeping on rocks. Nowhere did the reader learn that this gripping piece had previously been published, that, in fact, the whole thing was a light edit of Carmela’s essay from the most recent Overland. Yes, we are happy to extract articles to newspapers; no, we are not happy if it’s done without any attribution whatsoever. On a related note, Radio National’s Late Night Live recently featured Overland contributor Thomas Shepherd discussing his experiences as an undercover ASIO operative infiltrating the Left. You can hear his tale here. If you like either of these stories, you might consider subscribing. Overland is a not-for-profit publication, and it depends on community support. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?