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Friday
Mar222013

U.S. Drone Pilot: 'Did We Just Kill A Kid?'

Drone pilots at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

 

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'Did We Just Kill A Kid?' — Six Words That Ended A US Drone Pilot's Career

Der Spiegel

The New Mexico desert gets blistering hot, but inside the small windowless container where Brandon Bryant worked as a drone operator for the U.S. Air Force it stays a cool 63 degrees all year long.  Sixty-three finger numbing degrees and Bryant describes sitting with a group of other pilots looking at more than a dozen computer monitors. The crew are directing drones over Afghanistan 6,250 miles away and the screens jump with a two to five second delay, as infrared video sent from the UAVs whips through the air to New Mexico.

When the order to fire on a target arrives, Bryant paints the roof of a hut with the laser that will guide in a Hellfire missile fired by the pilot beside him.

"These moments are like in slow motion," he says to Abé.  No doubt, because on this occasion Bryant says a child walked from behind the building at the last second.

Too late for him to do anything else but ask the other pilot, "Did we just kill a kid?"

"Yeah, I guess that was a kid," the pilot replied.

"Was that a kid?" they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn't know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. "No. That was a dog," the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video.  A dog on two legs?

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Reader Comments (18)

I can say as a Vietnam veteran, this makes me sick to my stomach. And they said there was no future for kids playing "Tour of Duty" on their videos. This is what we have devovled to...showing our youth how much "fun" it can be to murder from the other side of the planet. Like Brandon, many will discover what they were part of. It will haunt them forever. Think what the troops on the ground will live with. As Obama sheds his crockodile tears for Newtown, he gets ready to pick his drone targets on Tuesday morning. Sick
Dec 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
Google "Who Is Behind Gun Control"

and

"History They Don't Teach You In School Part 2"

I fiind it quite sickening that a good number of well intentioned Americans are now begging for their rights to be stolen from them by the very same people that screw them left right and center every chance they get.
Dec 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterAtticus
Typical.

Show any signs of morals or a conscience, and you're immediately deemed as being no longer of any use. The government doesn't need morally conscience people. It needs sociopathic monsters, willing to do anything they're told to do, or kill anyone they're told to kill. Especially now, since they're ramping up the whole gun ban deal, they'll need plenty of foot soldiers who are willing to make examples out of those that refuse to hand over their firearms.
Jan 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterBilly T
Jan 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM | Unregistered Commenterpeter james
Listen to Jordan Maxwell's lectures on the history of brainwashing and conditioning unwanted children to kill in cold blood for the church of England and the Vatican. Satanism is still with us at these places where they teach of hate and fear which these churches, themselves invent to provide rationalization to these 'infant'rymen to enable carnage on behalf of the pope and British royalty. The U.S. is getting sucked BACK into this scam 100%.
Jan 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Similarity of Terrorists.
The same people whom are we think fighting for democracy, committing the same horrific crime against innocent people of North Pakistan/South Afghanistan. As you can see the terrorist are operating exactly the same on the ground (Taliban) on the air. According to this video, (double tapping) mentioned at 4:00 where Taliban uses the same tactics against innocent people. 1st blast and then when people try to help the injured from the blast another one occur in the same area.

Do remember that the same people were supported by US and Pakistan Government in the 80s against Russian Red Army invasion.

deja vu all over again in Syria is now where Afghanistan was in 80s. Turkey is where Pakistan was in 80s and the US gov. is the same BIG Zionist Satan.
Jan 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterMAX
"Mothers don't let your babies grow up to be soldiers..."
Jan 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterchiller
But whoso shall cause one of these little ones which believe in me to stumble, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Jan 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJesus Christ
3,300 civilians, 176 children killed by drones. Not really a peep out of Main Stream Media because Obama is one of there own.

Not that it isn't a tragedy, but those 20 kids in Sandy Hook are an excellent excuse for adjusting the 2nd Amendment.

See the Hypocrisy?
Jan 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
This above anything shouldn't surprise ANY American. For this is ACTUAL U.S. POLICY now. Yes, according to Military Times, CHILDREN are actual target's now. But not only Children but all military aged males too. This is designed to wipe out an entire Generation. (Like in Clear & Present Danger) Where the Drug Lord killed the kids too saying, "You think I want his "KID'S" to come and get me for killing their Father." Yes, This is how it plays but it is NOT Hollywood!

Source: militarytimes. com/news/2012/12/marine-taliban-kids-120312w/

We are TOLD we are hated for OUR Freedom's, Remember that when a U.S. Soldier returns and is Arrested and Forced into a Mental Evaluation because of sometime he said on the Internet. Sure he fought for His and Your Freedom's? Unless American's review how Nazi Germany came to power and each step that was taken. That it is running parallel with Modern Day event's. Including the Israeli trained POLICE STATE.

American's are SUCKERS. Why should Obama care about American Children when he Murdered over 200 in Afghanistan last year alone. This is the Fool they gave a Peace Award to. We aren't hated for our Freedoms because we aren't free to bomb 7-8 We aren't even at war with let alone to use CHILDREN as a Target. Where are the WAR CRIMES CHARGES!

Congress Sucks!
Jan 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterMaj. William Martin
Max above, your reference to the Taliban (Double Tapping) is played out by the Obama "Regime" even more directly.

Except in violation of the Geneva "Rules of War" Obama's Drone Teams also bomb Emergency Aid Workers and Funeral's too! According to the Geneva Rules of War, an Injured Soldier or Combatant is considered "Out of the Conflict." Not a continued target. Imagine the horror of Bombing Funeral's where in the first place the CIA said that they couldn't readily ID who was the Target, but if they MISSED then then Bomb the Funeral's taking out FAMILY, FRIENDS, RELIGIOUS Person's conducting the Funeral and of course More Children.

This is like when they Obama, Murdered an American Citizen with (ZERO PROOF OF GUILT) Then 2 Weeks later they Murdered his Son in yet another Drone Attack. These are WAR CRIMES! This is also TREASON too.

In fact, Today it is Tantamount to Treason as the U.S. Government in both Arming and Supplying all AID to the very Al Qaeda they have USED in this FAKE (WAR ON TERROR) while protecting their Opium Field's in Afghanistan where in 2001 the Taliban had all but eradicated the entire Opium fields by fire. But in Syria today, They are Arming and Paying and supplying the Electronics needed for these Al Qaeda FSA/Rebel Terrorist the equipment to Film their War Crimes.

This is also why the Internet went down in Syria to stop their videos from coming out then suddenly the U.S. Government then wanted to distance themselves from their OWN paid terrorist's. Of course how else defeat someone, Hire Arab's and Muslim's to kill Arab's and Muslim's.. Right? After all, If Congress wont declare War then Obama will find a way around our U.S. Constitution. I wish people could see what a Dictator he is. Sadly he is my cousin too. FAIL!

As Obama build's his legacy, He will not be known for the Peace Award he was given, no... He will be remembered as worse then Bush. Sure Bush killed a 1,000,000 in Iraq over a Lie, but Obama is bombing people in 7 to 8 Countries now and soon will have U.S. Troop's in 35 African countries too.

The only good new's is that FINALLY, yes FINALLY Russia is steeping up to the plate in Syria and has repeated 3 times that Syria is NOT going to be another Libya. Look at all the countries the U.S. has sent Billions of dollars to and not one of them is the thriving Democracy they said it would be. In fact it is just the Opposite Today.

People in Iraq still don't have Water, Power or Sewer out of all the infrastructure the U.S. Blew up in Obama's War there. Trying to extend the deadline of the SOFA Agreement's pull-out and now has sent 3000 more US Soldiers back in. The Drones never left and the Iraqi Government has been pissed too. No wonder they are turning to Russia and Iran. Ya Think!

As a U.S. Citizen I demand that the War Crimes start and those GUILTY should HANG!
Jan 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterMaj. William Martin
Of course this is treason!

Nothing will happen, because our Presidenet is Half Black.

Sadly, there are not 10 sets of balls in Congress.
Jan 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Bama Makes his own "Ruls".................!
Jan 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Obama: End Football

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-01-27/obama-end-football

To which I say take away his basketball...

Now about that basketball...

Obama Needed 12 Stitches After Getting Whacked in the Lip

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-injured-basketball-game-1...



And what about those video games he plays with drones?
Jan 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This whole drone program proves to me we are so lost as a nation that we may be beyond hope. The American people are so much in their own little worlds that they can't be bothered with the real world. It is times like this that make me think the Super Rich have won after all. Where are the public protests? Where is the public dialogue? Nothing but apathy. So many stores are closing or are closed and our economy is falling into the dust and still nothing.
Mar 23, 2013 at 11:23 PM | Unregistered Commenterbob
Bombing funerals and rescuers I think is designed to create terror and war and retaliation eventually in kind.
Mar 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM | Unregistered Commenterbob
Gentlemen: "We have met the enemy" It has become apparent, blatantly apparent, that the Federal government has "become destructive to those ends". It is our duty as American citizens to alter or abolish this tyrannical form of government, and install a just one. One that understands the true meaning of a constitutional government. Governments sole purpose is to protect and defend our unalienable god given rights as enumerated by our founders. Governments role is not to oppress, control, regulate, suppress, violate, disregard, assault, confine, murder, detain indefinitely, torture, lie, dictate, spy on, wiretap, compile files, invade, ignore, surveill, or attack US citizens, American's, or legal residents of this nation. The biggest threat to freedom, liberty, happiness, and life, comes from our own government, not some fairytale villain in foreign countries. When more troops die from their own hand, than from battle, that's an extremely serious problem. The people they're sent to kill aren't a threat to our country, they're trying to defend theirs from an invading army. The so called al-Qaeda, are a concoction of our own CIA. The true axis of evil is the US government.
Mar 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterjoebanana

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