Four former U.S. Air Force drone operators-turned-whistleblowers have had their bank accounts and credit cards frozen in a bid to deter them into silence and the threats of legal action, said human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack. Radack’s twitter feed has suggested this has occurred “despite the fact that none of them has been charged with a criminal offense – but this is a trivial formality in the increasingly Sovietesque American National Security State.”
The drone operators from the U.S. Air Force have spoken publically, detailing accounts of corruption and indifference to civilian casualties in an open letter to President Obama, CIA Director John Brennan, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
.@wikileaks My #drone #whistleblowers went public this wk & now their #CreditCards + #BankAccts are #frozen. Advice? pic.twitter.com/4wymwZgeZ9
— unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted (@JesselynRadack) November 22, 2015
“We are former Air Force service members,” the letter begins. We joined the Air Force to protect American lives and to protect our Constitution. We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruiting tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”
Dismissing children as “fun-sized terrorists” and comparing them to “cutting the grass before it grows too long,” is one of the many descriptions they have given in their accounts about the drone program.
Michael Haas, one of the whistleblowers, has explained how targeted populations were dehumanized, a popular means of promoting the institutional culture of being detached. There was a much more detached outlook about who these people were we were monitoring,” he says. “Shooting was something to be lauded and something we should strive for.” But it came at a cost, with Haas claiming half-dozen members of his unit abusing drugs and using bath salts as a coping mechanism.
Brandon Bryant, another of the four whistleblowers also bears the burden of striking down harmless people, and as a result what he calls producing anti-American terrorism. “We kill four and create ten,” Bryant told in a press conference. “If you kill someone’s father, uncle or brother who had nothing to do with anything, their families are going to want revenge.”
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In a turn of events, Bryant’s mother received a surprise visit at her home in Montana from two Air Force Office representatives. As Bryant prepared for his appearance about the drone program before a German parliamentary committee, to testify, his family was being intimidated. Claims were made that the Islamic State had his mother’s details, and had her name placed on a “hit list.” She promptly informed their attorney, Radack, ignoring the indirect threats.
According to Radack, a similar situation occurred with another parent of a whistleblower. “This is the US government wasting taxpayer dollars trying to silence, intimidate and shut up people. It’s a very amateurish way to shut up a whistleblower … by intimidating and scaring their parents. This would be laughable if it weren’t so frightening.”
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What theee fuckkkkkk.
Don’t you know.. the Muslims are right.. the US is the great satan.. the beast that no one can fight.
STOP TRYING TO CONVERT PEOPLE ON HERE!!!
NO THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT RIGHT!!! THE US IS NOT SATAN……ISIS IS!!!!
You lost me here jeannette, could the son of the goat be a serpent?
I think you are quite naive’.
There is a bit satan in all of us, but satan can not be a country or a organisation. Religion is shit any way you look at it.
LOL, you’re an idiot! The United States of Fucking America SPAWNED ISIS! If ISIS is Satan then what does that make the US? The US has been MURDERING innocent people all over the world for decades! They have been committing the very acts of terrorism that they accuse Muslims of doing. Wake the fuck up!!!! ‘Murica IS the root of ALL evil in this world today! When you murder innocent people, you are NOT the good guys! But then again, the great and wondrous USofA was born from the attempted extinction of the Native peoples! Start off as murdering thugs, stay murdering thugs!
NOT the United States, asshat. The Central Intelligence Agency. A non-government run, partially tax payer funded entity that doesn’t give a FIG’S ASS what the American people want. They follow the agenda of the globalists and the corporate elite.
Isn’t it obvious that both sides have their dark sides. The same forces that delight in the slaughter of innocents on both sides are inspired by the same thing, whatever you want to call it. Whether or not they are literally in cahoots is not important. They feed off of each other and depend upon each other to fuel the hatred. We have to help people see what is really happening.
What you thought the US was out promoting Truth & Justice? Hahahaha!!! We’re all slaves man.
We need to setup a petition to help these people out. They stuck up for US and WE need people like this to help save this country! Help them get a pardon.
I agree Paul Johnson. These brave men risked their lives to defend our country….it’s our turn to return the favor! We need to protest, petiton, whatever it takes to pardon these brave souls!!! Our governement will not protect them. Our governement stopped speaking for us a long time ago. We need to stand up and take action.
Protest and petitions do not work .The governments agenda is their agenda , we don’t matter , we are collateral damage
A “petition” hahaha! Give me a break. If actual legal elections don’t get results, why do you think a petition will? Rofl!
Somebody please just remind them, in the most direct way possible, that Hilary Clinton had TOP SECRET classified files on her PERSONAL COMPUTER. A clear violation to national security and yet she’s not punished. In fact she gets to run for PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A. It’s absurd to tarnish someone’s livelihood for doing something heroic and yet propell someone on their side for doing the same damn thing.
The human race is satan. U should all stop worrying about wanting to do something, ain’t no human going to do shit. It’s been to late it’s over for us, Except it. All we can do is sit back and watch as us the human race become the fire that will engulf the world and burn it into ash and nothingness.
I’m inclined to agree with this guy. The elites already won the game like at least 150 years ago. Game’s over. The Monopoly money has already been distributed. Boardwalk and all the hotels are already owned. Everyone else is just running around the track until the whole board catches fire then explodes. There’s only *one thing* that could even possibly fix it. It rhymes with schmiolent shmextermination smof shme shmelites. And the window for that has pretty much come and gone. The worst part is, thanks to the internet (and the relatively free exchange of information it provides), we’re all just smart enough to know how fucked we are but that’s about it
Sadly, Brandon Bryant is a habitual liar. He’s not helping the conversation.