Brandon Bryant a drone operator has given an interview to the der Spiegel telling them all about how the atrocities of what he was doing made him quit his job!
He describes sitting with a group of other pilots looking at more than a dozen computer monitors and directing drones over Afghanistan.
In one such incident Bryant says a child walked from behind the building at the last second. Too late for him to do anything he looked in horror asthe boy and the building got vaporized before his eyes.
He asked the other pilot, "Did we just kill a kid?"
"Yeah, I guess that was a kid," the pilot replied.
"Was that a kid?" they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.
Then, someone they didn't know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. "No. That was a dog," the person wrote.
They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?
Of the effect his job had on his life, he said he used to dream in infrared. "I saw men, women and children die during that time," he added. "I never thought I would kill that many people. In fact, I thought I couldn't kill anyone at all."
He came to the military by accident lured by the option of getting a free University education if he joined up. At 20 years of age he flew his first mission over Iraq. His shifts lasted up to 12 hours. The Air Force still had a shortage of personnel for its remote-controlled war over Iraq and Afghanistan. The first time he fired a missile, killing two men instantly and injuring one, he cried on his way home, "I felt disconnected from humanity for almost a week," he said.