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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 - 02:48 | 3074026 Bananamerican
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Bryant posted a drawing on Facebook the night before our interview. It depicts a couple standing, hand-in-hand, in a green meadow, looking up at the sky. A child and a dog are sitting on the ground next to them. But the meadow is just a part of the world. Beneath it is a sea of dying soldiers, propping themselves up with their last bit of strength, a sea of bodies, blood and limbs.

Doctors at the Veterans' Administration diagnosed Bryant with post-traumatic stress disorder. General hopes for a comfortable war -- one that could be completed without emotional wounds -- haven't been fulfilled. (yea, AI drone strikes will be the most likely "answer" to this "problem"... Either that, or USAF will hire more amoral dumbshits, like the pregnant gal "pilot" who considered herself "a warrior" unlike the docile burka wearing women who's husbands she mindlessly blows away all day long from thousands of miles away) Indeed, Bryan's world has melded with that of the child in Afghanistan. It's like a short circuit in the brain of the drones.

Why isn't he with the Air Force anymore? There was one day, he says, when he knew that he wouldn't sign the next contract. It was the day Bryant walked into the cockpit and heard himself saying to his coworkers: "Hey, what motherfucker is going to die today?"


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:30 | 3073997 TwoShortPlanks
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"Maybe there is hope for us yet?"

I doubt it.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:14 | 3073970 Dr. Sandi
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I didn't see a link to the original story in Spiegel, so here it is"



Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:50 | 3074029 Oldrepublic
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Some of those “heroes,” the drone operators will some day in the future be facing war crimes charges

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:19 | 3075135 blunderdog
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Given what passes for "justice" on this planet, you're probably correct about that.  Destroy someone's mind, then punish him for it after moving the goalposts later.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:30 | 3074173 I am on to you
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Your hero killed a child?And was it, just one child,did they make a search in the building before.

Where is the heroic in that!

Like the Bye bye miss American pie,puff a few peasants.

There is no heros in Eumerica,never were!

 When Steve Jobs die,milions cry,when millions(included children,Irak 500.00M.Albright) dies in far eats and midlle east,due to crone murders,no one cry.

The world aint New,and least Brave,just enslaved,Huxley knew(didnt you),due to his freinds,the Freemasons!

Free soma for everyone!

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:56 | 3074194 j0nx
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Somewhere in all that garbled English is a fine message. Work on that.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:45 | 3074182 LongSoupLine
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Nobel fucking Prize "Winner".

Fuck you, Chicago two faced fucking asshole. Eat shit.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:56 | 3074387 unrulian
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Nobel fucking Prize "Winner".

Fuck you, Eurozone two faced fucking asshole. Eat shit.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:15 | 3074853 Againstthelie
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The hypocritical president is squeezing tears into cameras and the cattle is not recognzing the hypocrisy but is impressed...Hail Democracy that made all this possible...


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:40 | 3073840 ShakaZulu
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Anyone besides me believe this story will never get any play on TV?  

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:47 | 3073857 Ignatius
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All built on the big, fat lie that is 'The Official Narrative of 9/11'.

Start with WTC Building 7:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDvNS9iMjzA

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:32 | 3073930 Real Estate Geek
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Excellent commentary in The Onion:

Ho, Ho, Ho! 9/11 Was An Inside Job!

by Santa Claus

Seasons greeting from your old friend Santa! My, my, Christmas is just two short weeks away, and everyone here at the North Pole can't wait to deliver presents to all you nice boys and girls this year. Yes, Jolly ol' St. Nicholas hopes you're all being as good as can be!

But today, Santa would like to tell you all about something very naughty, something very, very naughty indeed. Dear children, have you not heard? Why, 9/11 was an inside job! Oh, ho, ho, my, yes it was!

I mean, look at the facts, boys and girls! We already know the Bush administration was itching to go to war in Iraq, now, don't we? Yes, indeed we do, my darling ones! The Downing Street memo proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Then you look at the Presidential Daily Briefing of Aug. 6, 2001, the one headlined "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." Ignored! Why, children, they threw that briefing aside like used wrapping paper on Christmas morning, didn't they . . .

Keep reading at:



Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:30 | 3073996 Ignatius
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Very slyly written... it's an endorsement for 9/11 truth in The Onion, of all places!


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:34 | 3073999 TwoShortPlanks
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"Anyone besides me believe this story will never get any play on TV?"

Don't be so negative, sure it will....Al Jazeera.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:10 | 3074432 FrankDrakman
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Sure it does. It's called "Homeland"

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:41 | 3073841 PSEUDOLOGOI

He will be prosecuted as a whisleblower in 3. 2. 1

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:48 | 3074748 jayman21
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or have an accident

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:41 | 3073842 Karlus
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War is hell, that is the whole point of it. Its not meant to be nice or civilized. Its terrible to deter good men from undertaking it lightly.

There is a conflict between innocence and the evil we live with in the world and what we do to protect against it.

We see this in all of our debates. We are fearful because we have lost our way. Good men must go and find it again.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:59 | 3073875 LetThemEatRand
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War is profitable, that is the whole point of it.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:15 | 3073972 freedogger
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So true. Now that they are chaining the CPI, no need to cut <sarc>defense</sarc>.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:56 | 3073948 Bananamerican
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"to deter good men from undertaking it lightly...." bring back the frigging Draft

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:00 | 3075258 JimS
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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:33 | 3074002 TraderTimm
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The problem is the USA is in empire-building mode, and after they get their claws pruned (from crap monetary policy and getting bombed by everyone who hates them), they'll realize that all those military bases and 'sexy' hardware are really large debt-weights that will drag the whole nation down.

If we really believed in "Defense" we'd pull every base that wasn't with an ally, and concentrate on our own borders. But of course, we don't. We have to infect every other government with our "true way", and hell, if we kill some people along the way -- well godammit, they should've respected 'MERICA.

Such complete cheese-on-toast-fucking-bollocks.

The UK had their turn being humbled, the USA is about to experience the same.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:49 | 3074028 TwoShortPlanks
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"The problem is the USA"....Geezus, where the fuck do you start on that?

Oh, I know; In the Beginning God created the.....

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 03:28 | 3074055 Oldrepublic
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In 1956 during the Suez War, the Brits learned who was the new boss in the world, I wonder what year the US will find who is the new boss?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 05:51 | 3074124 Bobbyrib
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Taiwan will be the first country to find out. I don't think Japan or South Korea will go head to head with China.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:00 | 3074400 unrulian
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just give them a few more years to learn to land on their aircraft carrier

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 04:42 | 3074080 ForTheWorld
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Innocence and evil is relative to the mind dwelling on these concepts, and the Coalition of the Willing have implied that their concept of innocence is worth fighting for, and their concept of the evil of Eurasia or Oceania is a worthy point to direct their aggression at.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:31 | 3074693 aerojet
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Sure thing.  But what is the US fighting for exactly?  The US is still occupying two countries for reasons unknown.  Oh, I guess the withdrawal from Iraq took place, but there's still that gigantic fort embassy there with thousands of support troops and supply convoys.  They're letting the locally grown army and police force do most of the killing now.  Except for the SEAL/Delta covert ops, of course. 

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:44 | 3073845 Debtless
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Well that just doesn't fit the narrative here so... what are the Germans saying about our corrupt banking system?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:08 | 3073895 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Ours, or the German banking system? 

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:44 | 3073846 LetThemEatRand
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The true irony is that the same people now calling for a gun ban because of a psychotic's criminal act, will mostly shrug and say "collateral damage" to this story rather than pondering why it is per se legal to kill children if you have the right insignia on your weapon when you pull the trigger.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:10 | 3073898 NemoDeNovo
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But, but O[s]Bama doesn't Drone Bomb Children, don't you know.  He sends them Kinetic LOVE Drones, cause he so Liberal, besides anything that you would say different about Bronco is jus raycis </sarc>

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:26 | 3073921 LetThemEatRand
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So go Red Team then?  They invented the fucking drone thingies don't ya know.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:32 | 3073931 NemoDeNovo
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Just to clarify, I am on NO Team except the Human Team.  As far as I'm concerned they can both DIAF.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:38 | 3074175 Winston Churchill
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Drones were first used in 1944 by the Germans as anti shipping weapons.

Primitive TV ,and radio control, but hardly a new weapon of war.

They were very effective for a short time until their limited range was used against


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:32 | 3074695 aerojet
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The Germans attacked legitimate military targets, not Disney cruise lines.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:45 | 3073899 NemoDeNovo
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Double Post, Apologies

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:45 | 3073851 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Mike I can see that you are choosing to write concise articles.  Good for you.

Please tell your friend Max that he should have me on one of his "shows"....

....you know, so that the guy that actually figured out that if we buy enough bullion we could collapse this fucker and create a standard of living that is copesetic for all mankind.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:46 | 3073855 Flakmeister
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He should watch "In Bruges" and take a hint....

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:07 | 3073892 fuu
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Flakmeister, let's face it. And I'm not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you're a cunt. You're a cunt now, and you've always been a cunt. And the only thing that's going to change is that you're going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:12 | 3073904 NemoDeNovo
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^^^ What he said ^^^

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:05 | 3074417 unrulian
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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:56 | 3073920 Flakmeister
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Well, if you want to play video games for real, that is what you get...

Deal with it...  

Edit: In all fairness, he did eventually walk away... but he should have walked from the get-go... I would have.

And you all forget, there is no shortage of those willing to take his place...

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:33 | 3073952 fuu
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I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:23 | 3074468 crusty curmudgeon
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Oh great, wise and superior flakmeister,

What are you doing about this outrage?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 11:34 | 3074700 aerojet
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He'll hang himself or eat a bullet within 24 months.  The government loves when its killing machines clean up after themselves once they are no longer useful.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 00:47 | 3073858 UTICA CLUB XX PURE

Drone Operators have no skin in the game theirfore its unethical...


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:11 | 3073903 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Obomba goes to Sandy Hook and cries fake tears, then heads back to the WH for his afternoon Snuff Games.

Maybe our ally Pakistan can ask for a shiny new American missile shield just like the Turks did...after all they are plagued just like the Turks with missiles coming across their border from foreign lands and killing innocents...

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