Friday, November 20, 2015

American Drone Operators' description of children they drone: “fun-size terrorists”

Also, they liken killing children to “cutting the grass before it grows too long,”

Hmmm... where have I heard similar expressions?  Where in the Middle East is that kind of thinking ("mowing lawns every couple of years") a government approved policy?  Hmmm ... it will come to me perhaps a little later.  Being a dodo, I am slow on the uptake. 

Murtaza Hussain writing at TheIntercept:
Former Drone Operators Say They Were “Horrified” By Cruelty of Assassination Program
U.S. DRONE OPERATORS are inflicting heavy civilian casualties and have developed an institutional culture callous to the death of children and other innocents, four former operators said at a press briefing today in New York.

The killings, part of the Obama administration’s targeted assassination program, are aiding terrorist recruitment and thus undermining the program’s goal of eliminating such fighters, the veterans added. Drone operators refer to children as “fun-size terrorists” and liken killing them to “cutting the grass before it grows too long,” said one of the operators, Michael Haas, a former senior airman in the Air Force. Haas also described widespread drug and alcohol abuse, further stating that some operators had flown missions while impaired.

In addition to Haas, the operators are former Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Bryant along with former senior airmen Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis. The men have conducted kill missions in many of the major theaters of the post-9/11 war on terror, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan............

Some of the drone operators who seem to have found their long lost conscience have come forward to relate their experiences. Below is vid showing a small part of the explosive exposure.  Go to link below to see the entire show:

From Console to Trigger: How Pentagon "Exploits" Video Game Culture to Wire Youth for War
Among the issues tackled in the new documentary film "Drone" is the connection between video games and military recruitment. We air a clip from the film and speak to its director, Tonje Hessen Schei, as well as drone war whistleblower Brandon Bryant. "I think gamers should be offended that the military and the government are using [video games] to manipulate and recruit," Bryant says. "We’re more interconnected now than at any time in human history — and that’s being exploited to help people kill one another."......

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