Confessions of an American drone warrior


By Mick Krever, CNN

The first time Brandon Bryant fired a Hellfire missile from his U.S. drone, it was a cold January day.

“His right leg was severed,” Bryant told CNN’s Hala Gorani, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour. “I watched him bleed out from his femoral artery.”

“It was shocking,” he said. “It’s pixelated, and it doesn’t really look real. But it was real.”

Bryant, of course, was sitting thousands of miles away in the American desert.

After years as a drone sensor operator, he became disillusioned with the career, and turned down a hefty bonus to continue.

“You’re still in the war zone and regardless of whether you’re physically there or not,” he told Gorani. “America wants an antiseptic war. … The reality is that nothing is clean.”

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