Finding True America: An Ex-U.S Air Force drone operator's introspection
Pentagon documents have revealed that the United States' drone wars around the world have been marked by "deeply flawed intelligence" and "faulty targeting" that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 civilians over the last decade, according to a New York Times investigation.
Nonetheless, no American military personnel have ever been charged or punished, and the victims still have no path to justice.
Brandon Bryant is an ex-U.S. Air Force drone operator who enlisted in 2005. He has guided countless drone strikes and surveillance missions over Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. After being discharged from the military in 2011, his experiences in remote killing operations caused him to suffer from severe mental health issues.
In this episode, Bryant shares his experiences in the U.S. military, how he enlisted, how he was trained at Creech Air Force Base, and what happened during his first strike action.