From Democracy Now Friday October 25, 2013
We look at how the United States uses drones in war, and their impact,
through the eyes of one of the first U.S. drone operators to speak out.
Former U.S. Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant served as a sensor operator
for the Predator program from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on the
unmanned aerial vehicles that carried out attacks overseas. After he
left the active duty in the Air Force, he was presented with a
certificate that credited his squadron for 1,626 kills. In total, Bryant
says he was involved in seven missions in which his Predator fired a
missile at a human target, and about 13 people died in those strikes —
actions he says left him traumatized. "The clinical definition of PTSD
is an anxiety disorder associated with witnessing or experiencing a
traumatic event," Bryant says. "Think how you would feel if you were
part of something that you felt violated the Constitution."