Former Military Drone Pilot Brandon Bryant was recently interviewed by BBC about his experience killing people by remote control. After being told that he was responsible for the deaths of 1,626 people, and that he would be hunting down people from his own country, Bryant began to feel uneasy about what he had signed on to do.
“The actual breaking point happened when we were hunting an American citizen, and they were saying he was maybe the next bin Laden. This was an American citizen – these were the people that I swore to protect. I believe that at that moment we were doing the wrong thing and that was when I decided to turn my back and walk away,” he told BBC.
Bryant also expressed deep remorse for the people he was responsible for killing, saying that he was “so ashamed” of what he had done. Bryant also discussed how indiscriminately the US and NATO forces murdered people, including civilians.
In another interview with RT, he spoke of his disenchantment with the US military, saying that:
“There was no oversight. I just know that the inside of the entire program was diseased and people need to know what happens to those that were on the inside. People need to know the lack of oversight, the lack of accountability that happen….It is a black hole putrid system that is either going to crush you or you’re going to conform to it,” Bryant said.
While this man’s crimes are numerous and unspeakable, the fact that he can say that he was wrong, and can now speak out on the issue from a position of experience, makes him a part of the solution instead of a part of the problem.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.