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Death From Above: Confessions of a Killer Drone Operator

What happens when you combine radio-controlled planes, highly-skilled video gamers, gps-enabled bombs and unlimited military budgets?  Well, you might get radio-controlled killing machines like ones Brandon Bryant has used for many death missions.  

Is this what technology had led to?  I’ve always heard people say that technology was meant to improve our lives.  Isn’t it ironic how its being used to end these peoples lives?  Meanwhile, controllers like Brandon live with the guilt of killing people from the comfort of a reclining chair.  That just seems morally wrong on many different levels.


 

from Newsweek…

 

Death From Above: Confessions of a Killer Drone Operator

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The National Security Agency investigative committee questions former U.S. drone pilot Brandon Bryant in Berlin on October 15. BERND VON JUTRCZENKA/AP

In 2009, not long after his historic election and seven years after the first U.S. drone strike, President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. “Even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war,” he said. “That is what makes us different from those whom we fight. We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend.”

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