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As controversy rages around the U.S. military's use of drone strikes to assassinate terror suspects, one author has given an unprecedented look at the mindset of a drone pilot. One of the criticisms frequently aired by opponents of drones is that their pilots might become more trigger-happy and even bloodthirsty when they are able to drop bombs from the comfort of an American base.
But an experienced pilot angrily denied that accusation in a conversation with a government lawyer, and claimed that he was keen to avoid civilian casualties. When faced with the suggestion that he had 'a PlayStation mentality', the pilot described his anguish at watching the relatives of strike victims 'weeping and in positions of mourning'.
'I hear you guys have a PlayStation mentality.' But the chief operator rejected that charge, and claimed that piloting unmanned drones was an even more emotive experience than dropping bombs from conventional planes. 'I used to fly my own air missions,' he said. 'I dropped bombs, hit my target load, but had no idea who I hit. 'Here I can look at their faces. I watch them for hours, see these guys playing with their kids and wives.'
I believe they would fall under the same rule of the Military Code of Justice for any actions they take-WHICH was deemed illegal.
They would also have the "right" to disobey an order they believe was in violation of any laws.
That being said, the court has not heard any case so... the current "law" stands.
Originally posted by anon72But, considering they are the ones who started it.... The Gloves come off-I guess.
Originally posted by anon72
When faced with the suggestion that he had 'a PlayStation mentality', the pilot described his anguish at watching the relatives of strike victims 'weeping and in positions of mourning'.
Under the new plan, Brennan's staff compiles the potential target list and runs the names past agencies such as the State Department at a weekly White House meeting, the officials said.
Previously, targets were first discussed in meetings run by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen at the time, with Brennan being just one of the voices in the debate. Brennan ultimately would make the case to the president, but a larger number of officials would end up drawn into the discussion.
Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by anon72
I would imagine what they feel is not much different than what any combat vet feels with one exception; the same justification for killing might not be there because a drone pilot isn’t receiving direct fire from the enemy. The fact that your life was in danger is a great coping mechanism for dealing with the taking of a human life (it was me or him).
I’m curious the level of suicides or PTSD among drone pilots...that would tell the real story.
Good find, anon!
Originally posted by Wertdagf
reply to post by jcarpenter
more illegal than packign a van with explosives and parking it next to a busy market?
Because thats who we are fighting, Let those religious idiots have the death and destruction theyve always wanted... although i dont think they realized it would be them afraid.