Four former drone operators spoke at a press briefing in New York this week, where they divulged their first-hand knowledge as to the shortcomings and failures of the US drone assassination program. They collectively asserted that the program inflicts heavy civilian casualties, and also helps in aiding terrorist recruitment. It's admitted that drone operators refer to children as “fun-size terrorists” and refer to killing them as “cutting the grass before it grows too long,” according to one former operator, Michael Haas.
Not only is their insensitive communication a problem, but Haas also admitted that there is widespread drug and alcohol abuse among operators, and some have even taken part in missions while they were impaired. The four drone operators who are exposing the truth on the program, have each conducted missions overseas in countries like Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. “We have seen the abuse firsthand,” said former Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Bryant.
When it comes to the US drone program, they aren't exaggerating when they call-out and detail its failure. The US drone program has been active for several years now and in that time thousands of innocent people have lost their lives. Their deaths are waved-off by right-wing warmongering establishment figures as simply “collateral damage” in the cause. When a hospital gets accidentally blown-up, warmongers like McCain dismiss concerns, crying that the “fog of war” is justification enough for wrongfully killing innocent people or damaging their property.
In an open letter to President Obama, the group has denounced the US drone program. They recognize and admit that the drone program only worsens the terror situation, because of the innocent civilians that are wrongfully killed. “We kill four and create 10 [militants],... If you kill someone's father, uncle or brother who had nothing to do with anything, their families are going to want revenge,” said Bryant.
Despite the fact that the drone program only worsens the problem and works against its intended goals, the US still continues with it to this day. And despite his promises of transparency, the Obama administration has gone to great lengths in order to keep the details of the program's failure a secret. Haas revealed that he once failed a student during a drone flight instruction scenario, because the student demonstrated “bloodlust” and an overwhelming eagerness to kill. Haas says that he was reprimanded by his superiors over that decision. He also says that the majority of the drone operators have experimented with bath salts, including himself, in an effort to foster some alternative reality for themselves so that they aren't overtly aware of the evil they are taking part in.
The operators say the terrorist attacks in Paris last week have prompted them to speak-out finally about what's really going on with the program. They want the world to know that more drone strikes aren't the answer, because the drone assassination program has instead directly fed the rise of extremism overseas. In the longterm, the US drone assassination program is ineffective (if not entirely counter-productive) and should therefore be done away with.
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