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originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: tothetenthpower
Haven't watched yet since I'm still at work but I do wanna say that Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is beyond amazing and all his episodes are worth watching.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
And interesting discussion about our use of drones.
He's effectively talking about how scary it is the number of strikes we have, without much discussion about the whole issue in the media.
As the Obama administration increased its reliance on the drone program, the pressure came from the top to increase missions and strikes. We were encouraged to fly missions – at great taxpayer expense – even when there was nothing of consequence to see, no targets to strike and no American ground forces to protect. Performance evaluations highlighted an airman’s number of “enemy kills.” I asked, “Why does it matter how many people we killed?” Is that truly the definition of success – death? I joined the Air Force to save lives, not take them.
As an imagery analyst, I was the only line of defense between keeping someone alive and providing the intelligence for a strike using technology not accurate enough to determine life and death. The psychological pressure of not knowing if strikes were accurate was debilitating at times.
Our team worked between 12- and 14-hour shifts in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, sometimes flying for hours seeing nothing, sometimes seeing unspeakable carnage. Then we returned home to spouses and families, where our security clearances prevented us from sharing our experiences in an effort to decompress from what we had witnessed. I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and received some treatment in the military.
We must reconsider the military’s reliance on drones strikes. They are not as legal, targeted or accurate as the government makes them out to be, and they are not without consequences for our troops.
originally posted by: American-philosopher
this is a good report mixed with the comedy. But I can't tell is he really against drones and their use or is he just doing a Stephen Colbert.