Report: Former drone operator shares his inner
Drone program in spotlight
Bryant, 27, has talked about his experiences before -- to the German magazine Der Spiegel and to the U.S. broadcaster NBC. But the publication of his
interview with GQ comes amid renewed questions about the human cost and the legality of the U.S. drone program.
U.S. officials say the program is a vital tool in the fight against militant groups such as al Qaeda.
But two international human rights groups raised serious concerns Tuesday about the consequences of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, suggesting
some attacks in recent years might amount to war crimes.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released reports giving detailed accounts of a number of attacks they say the United States carried out
in each of the two countries, resulting in the deaths of scores of civilians.
The reports drew from extensive field research -- including interviews with witnesses and relatives of victims -- and called for a series of measures
to bring the program in line with international law.
Leaders to meet
The White House on Tuesday disputed the reports' assertions that drone strikes had broken the law.
But the situation was made all the more awkward by the presence in Washington of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who held talks with U.S.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
After the meeting, Sharif said he had raised the issue of drones with Obama, "emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes."
YES we need to END THE DRONE STRIKES.
Having read Jeremy Scahill's Dirty Wars
, and being at least that much aware of how this government's "Black Ops" and JSOC
work 'outside of international laws', I am adamantly opposed to "drone strikes."
The young man interviewed (video available at the link) is only 27 years old - still just coming out of adolescence, and his "kill sheet diploma" said
there were 1,626 "hits" for him. It was supposed to make him proud - but it makes him SICK.
He suffers now from PTSD.
I want to also point out that I found the interviewer to be pushing an agenda - even asking him "do you still have PTSD"?
OF BLOODY COURSE HE DOES! AND HE ALWAYS WILL!!!!
She also says that 2/3rds of Americans SUPPORT the drone program. Thinking it is a "clean war" - but it is NOT.
What the Obama admin is doing is WAR CRIMES, and I agree with the Paki President that it needs to stop!!!
Even Malala told Obama the drone program is making things worse, and it is truly BEYOND me how this is not obvious to EVERYONE.
Malala to Obama: Drone strikes 'fueling terrorism'
Washington (CNN) -- The "Bravest Girl in the World" has stood up to President Barack Obama.
Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old shot by the Taliban for promoting girl's education in her native Pakistan, confronted Obama at the White House on
Friday about U.S. drone strikes.
In a meeting that included first lady Michelle Obama, the young activist challenged one of Obama's premier counterterrorism strategies.
"I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism," she said in a statement released today. "Innocent victims are killed in these
acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."
The U.S. government has said strikes by the unmanned aircraft are a necessary part of the fight against militant groups, including the Taliban.
In an interview that will air Sunday at 7 p.m. with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Malala said she is far from done serving.
"I want to become a prime minister of Pakistan, and I think it's really good. Because through politics I can serve my whole county. I can be the
doctor of the whole country," she said.
And what did the White House say about it???
All CNN posted was:
In a statement, the White House saluted Malala's continuing efforts to promote education for girls.
These warmongers make me literally so sick that sometimes I can't even bring myself to make threads when I see them. SO MANY LIVES are ruined by
these endless, stupid wars....
I weep for humanity.
The only thing that leads me to hold out hope is that we are heading into a paradigm shift of unprecedented "change of consciousness." For all the
doomporn Negative Neds and Debbie Downers saying "the world will never be at peace, there's no hope of that EVER happening" (I see it here every damn
day!!), I say:
YES, IT CAN BE AT PEACE, once people start realizing that all the "New Agey woowoo stuff" IS going to happen. It already IS happening, as the
Internet has created a "Global Consciousness" - and we are more connected than ever before - that is, geography no longer matters, even language
barriers have been broken.
WE MUST PERSEVERE!!! We MUST strive, as a global entity (mankind) to achieve it, and not just GIVE UP.
Whether you are a fundie Christian hoping for The End Times, or a New-Ager who believes in "NAMASTE" makes NO DIFFERENCE.
The world needs a HUGE attitude adjustment. It has started...it is gaining momentum...and it WILL happen.
The End Times is a myth, people. We are going to survive this, and the next decades and centuries will be the dawning of a New MindSet. Please don't
dismiss the quantum effects of thoughts and hopes. They are REAL THINGS.
Think positive. Deny war and violence as "normal" - the time for war and violence has PASSED.
But, come on!!!!
What do you think, ATS? Should we all get on board and 'think' it into being reality? I say, YES.
edit on 10/25/13 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)