Last November, the human rights group Reprieve published a study indicating attempts to kill 41 alleged terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen resulted in more than 1,100 civilian deaths.
For six years, Brandon Bryant, a former US Air Force Drone Operator was responsible for manning the drones’ cameras and “guiding the missile into impact.” He was once lauded by his superiors for having the most kills of any other.
When asked by the interviewer to respond to an anti-drone activist’s allegation that drone pilots were “murderers,” Bryant agrees that this was essentially true and that he could no longer stand the person he had become; killing people he didn’t know and then watching President Obama and CIA Director Brennan on national TV, saying that there were “no civilian casualties”.
Bryant says the inside of American’s drone program is diseased and people should know this. Drone operators are being driven out of the poorly-managed program, which Bryant describes as “putrid,” and are starting to quit the Air Force by the hundreds. Unfortunately, all of Bryant’s former colleagues, who remain brainwashed have turned their backs on him for speaking out against the official lies about civilian deaths and the systemic flaws within the program.
He describes being asked by an Afghan woman, face to face, whose completely innocent husband and brother had been killed in a drone strike, “Why did they have to die? They weren’t the bad guys.” His initial response was, “I don’t know,” while knowing that this was a completely unsatisfactory response. He tried again, saying, “I’m sorry the mistake happened and I’m doing everything that I can, to prevent further mistakes from happening.”