Former "Drone Pilots" Protest Obama Policy

Attack drones (unmanned aircraft) the United States in the Middle East sparked deadly hatred against the West and encourage the expansion of militant groups such as ISIS, said a group of former US soldiers on Thursday (Friday GMT).
         
Four former drone pilot or operator to write an open letter to President Barack Obama, asking Obama to review the policy of the use of drones, which can be criticized on civilians and to encourage survivors to be angry and join the militants.
         
"You endanger them, and they will want revenge," said former Staff Sergeant Brandon Bryant, who operate Predator drones to program the United States Air Force in 2007 and 2011 at a press conference.
         
Supporters of drone strikes against the ISIS in Syria and Iraq say the method is unbelievably accurate, and save the Americans from the dangers of combat directly. A Pentagon representative did not respond to requests for comment.
         
Bryant and former other operators say they often kill non-combatants inadvertently and get timid impression of the victim's family, while those who survive often have feelings of resentment towards the West over what they perceive as the pointless death.
         
Bryant spoke out against such attacks since exiting the program, explain the negative impact for Americans who control drones for lethal strikes.
         
Michael Haas, a former coach of the US drone controllers said that the operator became insensitive because they do attack from distance and some made from other parts of the world.
         
For example callous, the operators usually called the children in the target areas as "terrorists fun," said Haas.
         
Related response to psychological trauma, Haas said many operators suffered alcohol dependence and illicit drugs.
         
"It's not a video game, when you fail and kill the wrong person, it can not be repeated again," said Haas.
         
All four former operator including former senior pilot Cian Westmorelang and Stephen Lewis said they suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
         
Lawyers Jesselyn Radack, an ethics adviser to the US Department of Justice representing the former operator, said its clients with PTSD.
         
Many of them do not have jobs, some do not have a place to stay and experience the hazardous substance dependence. They also have difficulty receiving disability benefits because they do not directly participate in the battle, said Radack.
         
"It is a big problem that this program makes people in such circumstances," he added.