NPR Interview with Drone Operator, Homeless & Suffering PTSD

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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http://www.npr.org/about/press/2013/050313.ATCInterviewDroneOperator.html

IN FIRST BROADCAST INTERVIEW
FORMER DRONE OPERATOR BRANDON BRYANT DISCUSSES
PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF MISSIONS

ON NPR’S ‘ALL THINGS CONSIDERED’ SUNDAY, MAY 5

HOMELESS AND SUFFERING FROM PTSD, BRYANT SAYS
“ONE OF THE WEIRD THINGS ABOUT THE WHOLE DRONE COMMUNITY IS YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT ANYTHING THAT YOU’VE DONE.”

In his first broadcast interview after serving as a drone operator for the U.S. Air Force, Brandon Bryant speaks with NPR’s weekends on All Things Considered guest host, Kelly McEvers, about the psychological effects of firing missiles into Afghanistan from a Las Vegas control room. Now, homeless and suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder at just 27 years old, Bryant delves into the far-reaching effects of executing people with the push of a button.

The conversation airs in full this Sunday on All Things Considered (find local stations and broadcast times at npr.org/stations); audio will be available on Sunday at approximately 7:00PM (ET) at NPR.org. Several excerpts follow:

On killing what he considered a non-hostile target that may have been a child, Bryant says: “I felt really numb. I didn’t feel distraught like I felt my first [drone] shot. I felt numb because this was the reality of war. Three instances in three months showed pretty much every aspect there is. That good guys can die, bad guys can die, and innocents can die as well.”

On his reasons for leaving the Air Force, Bryant says: “I tried to talk to a couple people about it and one of the weird things about the whole drone community is you don’t talk about anything that you’ve done. You just don’t.”

He continues: “And no one wanted to talk about it so I just shut up and didn’t talk to anyone about how I was feeling or how I was doing.”

All Things Considered, NPR’s signature afternoon newsmagazine, is hosted by Melissa Block, Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel and reaches more than 12 million listeners weekly. To find local stations and broadcast times for the program, visit http://www.npr.org/stations

Comments
  1. Randy Crow says:

    Disgusting part of a critically important interview is that NPR and Kelly McEvers are making money out of dropping the name of the drone operator. This elevates them only slightly above the USA’s drone program which makes war against the USA and all Americans should realize drones = War on USA = treason. By mentioning the name of the drone operator NPR puts the drone operators’ ability to ever earn a living and his life on the line. This interview would be much more American if those making a buck out of identifying the drone operator realized the importance of keeping this important story from an anonymous drone operator. What other whistleblowers will come forward knowing NPR does not give a flip about the whistleblowers well being? Anonymous drone operators could give the world insight as to where and how the drone operators flew the 911 planes. An interview only slightness less low than what evil drones do and the tools, drones, those who hate America and make war on her use. Although I do appreciate bringing this to my attention. Hope they allow me to ad my two bits as to how important interviews can be improved. NPR Julian Assange Bradly Manning ing the drone operator, not good.

  2. Randy Crow says:

    Sorry. My thanks to Extreme Prejudice for bring this interview to my attention I left out by mistake. Although I do appreciate Extreme Prejudice … I left out.

    • You’ve been a great supporter, Randy! Love you guys!

      • Randy Crow says:

        You are a very brave person and have been through more than I. When a person in my inner circle went through a very expensive and damaging meltdown, I blamed it on the bad guys and brought my web site down. This person disagrees that the meltdown was induced but not me. If this person ever learned how to protect herself, the site would go back up. Being a whistleblower is an honorable profession, but those of us who live through it need to give special care to those who don’t understand or who have not experienced the dangers, IMO.

  3. I want to ask you a question
    What do you feel when it bombed Libya drone
    And killed hundreds of women and children
    YouTube evidenced by the
    Aarafiq I’m from Libya and loving Susan

    • Drones turn war into a video game, a thrill ride killing innocent peoples for the most arbitrary reasons. Drones are blood lust. Drones are war crimes. They are the weapon of Mad Men. It won’t be very long before Americans wake to discover they’re being used against us. too!

  4. He must of been the one that killed “3” Americana’s?

    Holder: We’ve Droned 4 Americans, 3 by Accident. Oops.

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/05/4-americans-drone/

    (((3)))

  5. Thanks Susan, it’s awesome what you are doing. I love leakers against tyranny, lies and evil. I wish more were willing to buck corrupt systems.

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