Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryan is one of the first ever United States drone operators to speak out against what has been happening overseas for a number of years now, which is the murder of countless innocent lives.
Bryan served as a sensor operator for what’s known as the “Predator program” from 2007 to 20011. He was responsible for manning the camera on the unmanned aerial vehicles that carried out attacks overseas before leaving active duty in the Air Force, and, as Democracy Now reports, was actually given a certificate that credited his squadron for more than 1,500 kills.
The US clearly encourages and rewards this type of activity. Think about that while you consider what is still happening around the world, including in Syria.
Below is Bryant’s recounting of his first-ever lethal drone strike and the impact it continues to have on him to this day:
I didn’t really understand what it meant to kill at first. It was horrible. The first time was horrible, the second time was horrible, the third time was numbing, the fourth time was numbing, but of course the first time sticks with you the longest. …
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