Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I Confronted a Drone Pilot

Aaron Dykes
Activist Post

Who flies the drones America uses to take out military targets in foreign locales all over the globe? I had the chance to talk to an Air Force drone pilot operating out of Whiteman Air Force Base, and astonishingly, he admitted to me that he took part in strikes on wedding parties in Middle East & Asian countries said to harbor terrorists.

I confronted him with some of the troubling news that has emerged about the secret White House kill list and the apparent readiness to destroy the lives of innocent bystanders in pursuit of a target – women, children and elderly villagers who are all considered nothing more than “collateral damage.” Clearly, he didn’t want to hear it.

Did he, too, find these people dispensable? Did he share the cold rationale of our leaders that it is “worth it” to kill these civilians to target an enemy? I tried to find out when I saw him during a wedding I attended, all while I was deeply aware of the unsettling irony that the celebration we were attending was seen differently than the weddingsfunerals and other gatherings that U.S. airstrikes have unofficially declared to be venues of war.

Horrifyingly, the use of airstrikes to kill rescue workers in a “double tap” when they come for the bodies of drone victims has been repeatedly documented, as well.

Perpetual wars spilling across many borders is now a foregone conclusion. The public pays it little mind. Drones take this even further, targeting individuals determined to be combatants – without a declaration of war against their country and without formal charges, allegations or complaints against those individuals.

Due process is effectively dead. The White House, the Pentagon, and the pilots who operate their predator drones have become judge, jury and executioner while the public isn’t even told who is on their kill list, or why.

Drones are coming home to roost, too. Estimates are that U.S. skies will see some 30,000 drones within the coming decade, and surveillance is not their only purpose. While they may not be equipped with missiles to target suspects, the use of tasers and other less-lethal weaponry for law enforcement and border security functions has already been proposed.

How far will things go? And how far removed will their operators be from the situation? Will they retain the judgement to know when things have gone too far? Or will the lives they hover over become mere blips on a screen?

Aaron Dykes is a co-founder of where this article first appeared. As a writer, researcher and video producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and investigative reports, he uses history as a guide to decode current events, uncover obscure agendas and contrast them with the dignity afforded individuals as recognized in documents like the Bill of Rights.


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Anonymous said...

You might be interested in Drone Wars: The Beginning

Anonymous said...

your next!

Anonymous said...

It's called the new American Serial Killer

Drone pilots

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great post Aaron and Melissa. Keep up the great work!

Louis Murphy said...

The time will come were America will be judged as well as they judged Nazi, Germany at the Nuremberg Trials.

Sensible Sentient said...

Well done, Sir. I have a nephew that does the same job. His father is a devout christian, as is he. The incongruity is fascinating. One could compare this to Nazi activities....a man kills all day, then goes home to his little girl and takes her to a Christmas party...fascinating. Much as we've studied this phenomena in Nazis, so too will others examine our activities with drones. That is, if there is any critical thinkers left to disseminate contrary analysis in the coming dysporia.

Joe said...

Look at it a different way. The purpose of these strikes has never been to remove enemies from the battlefield. It is and has always been to create new enemies where no enemy existed before. The United States military industrial complex must create enemies at least as quickly as it kills them or it will cease To exist.

Lisa Futvoye-Shepherd said...

Family wedding or not, I would probably have done the same thing. When one feels passionately about something, etiquette tends to go right out the window.

Good job. Bravo!

The Omega Man said...

Drone Pilots are gutless psychopaths who deliver more grievously sadistic harm to foreign Families INCLUDING CHILDREN.

It's amazing how the mutton heads in the military see nothing wrong with this after 2 Falsely Initiated Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Remember, "Iraq has WMDs" ? ) which have done ZILCH for those nations people but bring AND leave havoc and destruction.

Any assjack moron who cheers for these pilots advocates murder and destruction, just like Madeline Albright who was quoted as saying the Iraqi invasion was worth the deaths of 500,000 iraqi children.

Do the Earth a favor and give yourselves and your entire genetic line a Zyklon B shower......

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