Guest Post: Meet Brandon Bryant: The Drone Operator Who Quit After Killing A Child

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.


“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.


“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.


“Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.


Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.


They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?

- From The Woes of an American Drone Operator published in Der Spiegel

The above article is a must read for every American citizen, particularly those that get up in arms about domestic gun control, but never think twice about the horror caused by our foreign policy, which regularly murders innocent children overseas.  This story was also covered by the UK’s Daily Mail and they write:

A former U.S. drone operator has opened up about the toll of killing scores of innocent people by pressing a button from a control room in New Mexico.


But, after following orders to shoot and kill a child in Afghanistan, he knew he couldn’t keep doing what he was doing and quit the military.

The worst part about this story, other than the story itself, is that I have to go to UK and German media to read about it.  Pathetic.

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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:39 | 3073838 Alcoholic Nativ...
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My hero.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:43 | 3073844 john39
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His conscience got through...

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:05 | 3073954 AnonymousAnarchist
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Obama Admin Demands Judge Dismiss Lawsuits Over Assassination of Citizens (via ICYMI)

"The Obama Administration has demanded that a federal judge throw out a lawsuit relating to the assassination of three US citizens in Obama-ordered drone strikes, saying that questions about overseas kill lists are beyond the purview of the court system and that it is inappropriate to question the president in this regard.

The demand comes with a threat to declare the entire issue of the killings a 'state secret' if the judge doesn't dismiss the lawsuit out of hand, which would make the case as a practical matter virtually impossible."

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:35 | 3073990 TwoShortPlanks
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What, Drone Piloting isn't the same thing as way, you're kidding?! <Sarc/Off>

Yet another person who didn't think or feel before acting...and now what, a life full of thinking and feeling.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:53 | 3074033 Big Slick
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When I read the Old Testament, I often wonder why the US is not a stain on the map when God ended other immoral civilizations for far less than the atrocities we commit.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 03:46 | 3074062 fourchan
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because there is no god. lol jokes on you.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 04:10 | 3074068 Enslavethechild...
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Do you know why they don't train non human primates to operate drones?

 Because you would have to feed, house and train them and pay for their medical needs.

Human primates are willing to do it for little pieces of green paper.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:57 | 3074192 Henry Hub
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Actually the drone operators are military personal. We the taxpayers are paying "to feed, house and train them and pay for their medical needs."

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:34 | 3074234 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Don't worry.  They won't have to do that forever once Skynet takes over.  The computer will kill whomever you tell it to, with cold precision.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:30 | 3074317 cossack55
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Roger that. A good read: Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

I would highly recommend his earlier two books also.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 19:02 | 3076527 Michaelwiseguy
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Goyim children are approved to be used as cannon fodder in US flying killer drone robot attacks. Current dead kid body count is 178+.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:47 | 3075218 helping_friendl...
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Drone operators are CIA/NSA spooks.

It enables plausable deniability.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:41 | 3074242 Its_the_economy...
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No one is laughing w you.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:00 | 3074264 naitram
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I do

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:41 | 3074342 Urban Roman
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Wrong: more than half are laughing with 4.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:42 | 3074346 Tree of Liberty
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Galatians 6:7

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:39 | 3074515 Disenchanted
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In The Name Of God


How can this be?
Why is he the chosen one?


Saint gone astray
With a scepter and a gun


Learn to believe
In the mighty and the strong


Come bleed the beast
Follow me it won't be long


Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God


Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God


Straight is the path
Leading to your salvation
Slaying the weak
Ethnic elimination


Any day we'll all be
Swept away
You'll be saved
As long as you obey


Tools of the devil inside
Written in Holy disguise
Meant to deceive and divide
Us all


Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God


Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God


Blurring the lines
Between virtue and sin
They can't tell
Where God ends
And mankind begins


They know no other
Life but this
From the cradle
They are claimed


Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God


Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God


Hundreds of believers
Lured into a doomsday cult
All would perish
In the name of God


Self-proclaimed messiah
Led his servants
To their death
Eighty murdered
In the name of God


Forty sons and daughters
Un-consenting plural wives
In the name of God


Underground religion
Turning toward
The mainstream light
Blind devotion
In the name of God


Justifying violence
Citing from the Holy Book
Teaching hatred
In the name of God


Listen when the prophet
Speaks to you
Killing in the name of God


Twisting faith into violence
In the name of God


Religious beliefs
Fanatic obsession
Does following faith
Lead us to violence?


Unyielding crusade
Divine revelation
Does following faith
Lead us to violence?


Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the coming of the Lord
he is trampling out the vintage
where the grapes of wrath are stored
he hath loosed the fateful lightning
of his terrible swift sword
his truth is marching on.


glory, glory, hallelujah
glory, glory, hallelujah
glory, glory, hallelujah...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:51 | 3077622 Calculated_Risk
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there's a fucking thing called a link. Use it!

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:24 | 3074888 CH1
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I often wonder why the US is not a stain on the map when God ended other immoral civilizations for far less

There are a lot of good, decent people in America. Killing the just with the unjust would be no proper action for a just god.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:42 | 3074952 TBT or not TBT
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Re the Sodom and Gomorrah sentiment by Big Slick, yeah I live close to both San Francisco(a whole lotta sodom goin on) and Oakland(Gun-more-ah), and hope God's H-bombs have radiation free fallout and pretty clouds....Just a short walk up the hill to spectate comfortably.   Assuming no EMP effects(Immaculate Destruction Assumption alert) we could make microwave popcorn first.  

In this day and age you'll need popcorn to get you through.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:48 | 3075001 TBT or not TBT
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Seriously though, if Allahworld and the Vatican and Jimmy Swaggert and both liberal and conservative Jews all share the same God, and given all the Old Testament stuff that She ought to be pouring forth, some doubt is in order, either that or denial induced doubling down on the ol faith thing.     Note that Muslim texts and arab world mentality hold that by being faithful and taking acts in the right direction(knock down a building, shoot up a Ft cafeteria) Allah will be heartened enough to come in and do the rest of the job.   Their book has Jesus coming back as the general in Allah's army, or something, to clean up...children and women included.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:00 | 3075067 Imminent Crucible
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"you'll need popcorn to get you through"

I can't emphasize this strongly enough: POPCORN IS NOT ENOUGH!

You will also need beer. And I don't mean that watered-down pitiful swill they call Bud Light. I'm talking REAL BEER. Spaten Doppelbock for me, and whiskey for my horses.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:08 | 3075495 TBT or not TBT
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Indeed, some preppers buy liquor, not even to drink, but as trade goods and disinfectant.   Hadn't heard the idea to drink the stuff or water horses with it, but yeah.   Costco BTW has a store brand vodka that looks like a good deal, per unit of alcohol, and probably very drinkable too.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 17:43 | 3076200 Imminent Crucible
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Sorry, I can't drink vodka. I don't drink anything that will serve as a motor fuel. Ever heard of "vodka and popcorn"?  Me neither. I think tequila has more flavor than vodka, but I won't drink it either. You have to draw the line somewhere.

But thanks for the heads up.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:21 | 3074217 lakecity55
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So, I guess now the judge is on the Drone List.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:03 | 3073958 AldousHuxley
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Mercy Killing.


You want to kill the parents and have bunch of starving orphans who will grow up as drug dealers or doing the dirty deed for foreign military?


He should have aimed that drone at a bank instead.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:10 | 3074431 kralizec
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Or an abortion clinic.  Think of the lives saved.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:45 | 3074726 Imminent Crucible
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He should have aimed that drone at a bank instead.

Reminds me of the guy who was fed up with dealing with the IRS over back taxes, so he flew his private plane into an IRS office in Austin, killing himself and some low-level IRS clerk. What did he accomplish? What good will come from firing a Hellfire into your local BAC branch? So you kill several tellers and a half dozen Mexican workers in there cashing their paychecks, leaving more loss and pain in the world.

If you're going to fix the world by killing people and flattening buildings (which never worked before), at least target the thugs at the top. How about calling in some aliens from the Hoth system to replicate that scene in Independence Day where the front of the White House blows off?

Nothing changes until we do. And the first change is to walk away from your chains, live more simply and do all you can to stop supporting a corrupted system. Shun debt, because debt is the lifeblood of a fiat currency regime. Starved of debt, the dragon dies. And all of its corporate dragonlets, too: the GE's and Monsantos and Boeings and Lockheed-Martins.

If enough people step out of the corporate box, who knows? Maybe even McDonalds would start serving healthy food and Twinkie Nation would fade away.  Ya never know.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:28 | 3074908 CH1
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Nothing changes until we do. And the first change is to walk away from your chains, live more simply and do all you can to stop supporting a corrupted system. Shun debt, because debt is the lifeblood of a fiat currency regime. Starved of debt, the dragon dies. And all of its corporate dragonlets, too: the GE's and Monsantos and Boeings and Lockheed-Martins.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:44 | 3074237 Element
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Same thing happened with that infamous Wikileaks AH-64D video of the killing of the camera men in Bagdad ... what people don't realise about that is some dude was just driving past with his kids in the family van, and sees some innocent guy bleeding out in agony so does the human thing, he stops with great concern, and tries to help this poor guy to survive.

Would that even happen in a western city? Or would we see it, comprehend it, and just keep driving? I guess he was 'stoopid', right? Remember when we used to make a big-deal out of helping even wounded enemy soldiers, and treating them with dignity and equal medical care ... ha!  yeah, forget that. But I do remember it well.

So this guy's family got hosed with 30mm fire, not once, but several times, but two Longbows (american and brit pilots).

But, there's an extended extra sequence to that video that most people don't know about. It shows the very same british AH-64 pilot (who first fired on the van) then follows some of the concerned male onlookers down the street to their family home. These guys left the area after seeing the massacre, so the pilots and commanders simply presumed these guys must be baddies too.

So what did they do?  Send some troops to check them out, see if they were baddies?

Nope, they put not one, but two Hellfire missile through their windows ... killing everyone inside, no doubt.

So the same pilot wiped out the camera guys, the family in the van, and the family in the home, probably before lunch.

Peace be with you all.

And that's how these drone pilots, AND the urban terrorists in the helicopters do their 'professional' duty and business.

It is in effect just as a-moral as a video game in practice.

But fortunately that was a 'Just War' though, the dick and the doubya said so.

Otherwise it would be the face of pure-evil rolling across the face of the Earth once more, and we all know that isn't true!


... oh ... wait


Wasn't that supposed to never happen again, words to that effect?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:58 | 3074393 knukles
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"'Just War' though, the dick and the doubya said so."

Not as if dick and doubya are the only personalities or ideologues pursuing such activities.  There's a Nobel Prize winner form the Supposed "Other, Opposing" Ideology doing One Hell of a Fine Job Expanding the Activities Globally.

BTW, I concur with the entire preceding thesis excepting the isolation of the two cited.... ain't no difference.  Is a problem of philosophy and principles, not personalities

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:07 | 3074424 Element
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course.  sorry to mention names, just relevant to that dynamic developing, nothing intended or attached to it. I could have said 9-11, several things  ;)

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:30 | 3074491 Joe Davola
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That's the biggest problem: one side gripes about the expanded powers the other is employing - until it's their turn and they then expand those already unconscionable tactics.


With 24/7 video surveillance, face expression profiling and permanent drone presence, we're about to blow right past any dystopian movie plot.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:15 | 3074647 Element
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already did dystopic

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:35 | 3074701 Overfed
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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:50 | 3074756 Imminent Crucible
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Here's the video:

Look around, there's a lot more there.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:15 | 3074843 Element
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Sure, there is the original video which I'm sure you've probably seen, called:

Collateral Murder - Wikileaks - Iraq

But there is another of the same events, and more after it, but it claims to be from "Afghanistan", but is of the same event in Bagdad. I even extracted the audio from the videos and expanded the gain of the squelched parts and you can then plainly hear the full audio of communications occurring between them and commanders during the engagement

(i.e they didn't cut the audio, they just reduced the gain of it, and it can still be recovered, if you want to hear what actually went on).

This other sequence is more detailed than the WikiLeaks released video, and contains the engagement I described above towards the end:

U.S Gunship taking out Targets in Afghanistan (Warning Graphic video) (High)

Same thing from another link:


As you can see, it was quite a meaningless brutal pseudo-disciplined blood-thirsty rampage, with very little effective or realistic checking the facts.

Not one of those people should have died. If that one camera lens had not poked around the corner it may not have happened at all, but these guys were itching to kill 'baddies', and once it started, their high-tech enabled fantasy took over, and the terrorists came out to play.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 15:19 | 3075538 TBT or not TBT
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This is whole lotta "high dudgeon" hogwash, people.    Know how the ex-Soviets did things, and recently?  Some town had some people in it they didn't like, they surround it and shell it...SHELL, i.e. artillery raining down, industrially, blowing everthing and everybody to smithereens, indiscriminately, children included.    The Democrats also did this in WWII, Curtis Lemay style.   Lots of old city centers in Europe were blown to small bits.    in Japan too, duh.    Stalin and Mao went after it even more wholesale, starving people to death en masse with organized famines, lining em up to save bullets, long trenches and earth moving equipment.   Hutus and Tutsis had at it by the millions, hacking babies out of the womb etc, pretty recently.   An unknown number of millions died duing Congo's internal strife.    Pol Pot got busy.   

The mistake here was letting this sad story of collateral get much traction outside of the military.   You had to hear about it from foreign press because the domestic press will not do anything to put Obama in a bad light.    It was 180 degrees the opposite when it was Bush in the oval office.    Absurd whiny stories about a koran accidentally getting a drop of urine on it were presented to us as High Crimes.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:24 | 3074666 aerojet
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Eventually...when the demons started to eat away at him and destroy him.  I don't know how these fucking people live with themselves.  The US has no business in Afghanistan or Iraq, no matter what the 9/11 liars say.  Wholesale murder--to keep the arms makers living the high life you need a hot war going on all the time.

Our country is just so sick--and then we're surprised when all the ticking time bombs that have been created start going off.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:06 | 3073890 NemoDeNovo
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I agree I give him +7,000,000,000 for being a Human, and not just a Soldier


Maybe there is hope for us yet?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:26 | 3073922 Excursionist
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I'd ease off the kudos a bit.. he did push the button and waxed a kid.  Not like he's a martyr who opted to go to the brig for disobeying an order.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:31 | 3073928 NemoDeNovo
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True, buit I can Respect that at least he figured it out, I know I "Figured it Out" on my 3rd tour in '93.  Don't we all get a chance to redeem our past mistakes?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:07 | 3073963 AldousHuxley
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figure what out?


that getting paid min wage to kill other human beings while being away from family for some medal of honor is a shitty deal?


war worth fighting is when old white men are on the front lines.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:55 | 3074193 Cloud9.5
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Kind of like what you found in the trenches at Vicksburg.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:44 | 3074245 spinone
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war worth fighting is when old white Rich men are on the front lines.

Fixed it for you

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:41 | 3074018 TwoShortPlanks
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I click on the button <Redeem> when I cash in my frequent flyer points.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:25 | 3074675 aerojet
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The answer is yes.  But you have to work at it every day.  You can't live your life dwelling on the past, but you do have to demonstrate the wisdom that was discovered through making others suffer.  And you may still burn for it no matter what.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:35 | 3074925 CH1
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I "Figured it Out" on my 3rd tour in '93.  Don't we all get a chance to redeem our past mistakes?

Yes you do, DeNovo. Redeem them well.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:32 | 3073932 ILikeBoats
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The guy couldn't cancel the bomb in time. Maybe he doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, but, he acted according to his conscience and paid a price for doing so.  That should get some respect.

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