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Drone Pilots have Bank Accounts and Credit Cards Frozen by Feds for Exposing US Murder

The U.S. Government failed to deter them through threats of criminal prosecution, and clumsy attempts to intimidate their families. Now four former Air Force drone operators-turned-whistleblowers have had their credit cards and bank accounts frozen, according to human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack.

“My drone operators went public this week and now their credit cards and bank accounts are frozen,” Radack lamented on her Twitter feed (the spelling of her post has been conventionalized). This was done 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.

Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis, who served as drone operators in the US Air Force, have gone public with detailed accounts of the widespread corruption and institutionalized indifference to civilian casualties that characterize the program. Some of those disclosures were made in the recent documentary Drone; additional details have been provided in an open letter from the whistleblowers to President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and CIA Director John Brennan.

“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.”

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Elsewhere the former drone operators have described how their colleagues dismissed children as “fun-sized terrorists” and compared killing them to “cutting the grass before it grows too long.” Children who live in countries targeted by the drone program are in a state of constant terror, according to Westmoreland: “There are 15-year-olds growing up who have not lived a day without drones overhead, but you also have expats who are watching what’s going on in their home countries and seeing regularly the violations that are happening there, and that is something that could radicalize them.”

By reliable estimates, ninety percent of those killed in drone strikes are entirely harmless people, making the program a singularly effective method of producing anti-American terrorism. “We kill four and create ten,” Bryant said during a November 19 press conference, referring to potential terrorists. “If you kill someone’s father, uncle or brother who had nothing to do with anything, their families are going to want revenge.”

Haas explained that the institutional culture of the drone program emphasized and encouraged the dehumanization of the targeted populations. “There was a much more detached outlook about who these people were we were monitoring,” he recalled. “Shooting was something to be lauded and something we should strive for.”

Unable to repress his conscience or choke down his moral disgust, Haas took refuge in alcohol and drug abuse, which he says is predictably commonplace among drone operators. At least a half-dozen members of his unit were using bath salts and could be found “impaired” while on duty, Haas testifies.

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Among the burdens Bryant now bears is the knowledge that he participated in the mission that killed a fellow U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. Identified as a radical cleric and accused of offering material support for al-Qaeda, al-Awlaki was executed by a drone strike in Yemen. His 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was killed in a separate drone strike a few weeks later while sitting down to dinner at the home of a family friend. Asked about the killing of a native-born U.S. citizen – who, at age 16, was legally still a child – former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared to justify that act by blaming it on the irresponsibility of the innocent child’s father.

As Bryant points out, as a matter of law the elder al-Awlaki was innocent, as well.

“We were told that al-Awlaki deserved to die, he deserved to be killed as a traitor, but article 3 of section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that even a traitor deserves a fair trial in front of a jury of his peers,” Bryant notes, lamenting that his role in the “targeted killing” of a U.S. citizen without a trial was a violation of his constitutional oath.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill has produced evidence suggesting that the White House-approved killing of Anwar al-Awlaki’s son may have been carried out as retaliation against the family for refusing to cooperate in the search for the cleric. There are indications that the government has tried to intimidate the whistleblowers by intimidating their families.

In October, while Brandon Bryant was preparing to testify about the drone program before a German parliamentary committee, his mother LanAnn received a visit in her Missoula, Montana home from two representatives of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. The men claimed that her personal information was in the hands of the Islamic State, which had placed her name on a “hit list.” She was also told not to share that disclosure with anyone – a directive she promptly ignored by informing Ms. Radack, who represents Brandon and the other whistleblowers.

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According to Radack, a very similar episode occurred last March in which the stepparent of another whistleblower received a nearly identical visit from agents of the Air Force OSI. “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.”

Given the role played by the U.S. government in fomenting, equipping, and abetting the growth of ISIS, such warnings have to be perceived as credible, albeit, indirect death threats.

  • If you aren’t desensitized to government violence please help us reach more people by clicking ‘like’ + commenting (even 1 word) + sharing. Thank you! (y)

    • Actually I am desensitized to violence, but it’s a good thing. Being desensitized allows one to defend aginst violence when you are facing it w/o freezing up.

    • We wouldn’t need to bomb people if the Islamist extremists didn’t first bomb us.

    • That’s bull and you know it William. That region has been picked apart for centuries for its strategic importance. Not only for trade with the east, but for military operations.

    • Theres no getting through to him. Baby boomer watching fox news.

    • Ñ

    • ??

    • “bombing for peace is like f**king for virginity” a well known phrase form the sixties

    • Three words oil, drugs, gold. One word greed

  • https://youtu.be/EBMveetMOGE America Was Robbed.

  • for profit government owned by the world bank

  • Haha suckers, use Bitcoin already

  • when will we mind our own business?

  • peace in space (8

  • They’re lucky that’s all that happened, considering who they’re talking about.

  • Why am I (shockingly) not surprised ?

  • Wicked people

  • This is bullshit….

  • Crooks!!!

  • if you see something, say something.
    remember kidz this happening under the savior BHO as CiC.
    “I’m really good at killing people.” – BHO

  • The Govt, controls the money. Your Bank has the right to take ALL of your money any time they feel they “need” it.

  • You;d think the government would step up and clean up the mess, no they’d rather have these guys be the scapegoats… tragic bullshit!

  • When you work for the federal government you take a oath you break the oath you go to jail, and fuck you and them they took the money

  • run to Russia then.

  • Who would think remote control killing is a good idea!? Only the Military! Should we have more restrictions on what they do? I think so. In fact cut their budget to a few millions. Bring back the draft. And make all kids that do not work right out of high school, go through the training.

  • Can you imagine being anti-government or a whistleblower in a cashless society? You wouldn’t be able to buy even a loaf of bread if the government put you on some kind of “list”. The bankers and the NWO will have you by the balls. Time to wake up!

    • Let the rebellion begin . . .

    • If it is a cashless and electronic form of their money that would in deed be a very scary future. Which is why we desperately need something like bitcoin which they can’t shut down so easily.

    • I have done okay. Living on prayers and angel’s wings

  • The government does not care about its people anymore. We are all slaves – like it or not. Who wants to fight for freedom when you’ll either be locked up, killed by police or you’re just too busy working a mindless job trying to make enough to feed your family and keep a roof over their heads? It’s always easier to do nothing and hope for the best I guess . . .

  • Instead of just posting about it, why don’t free though project actually do something and launch a government petition on change.org or something? Oh wait, no, that would be the PRACTICAL thing to do.

  • They shd check out marygsykes.com where they disbar attys for telling the truth about fleecing and killing seniors in the court system. Today, the feds are in Chicago investigating 27 bullets killing 4 unarmed citizens. Police response? Burn their records

  • wish they would have stood up before annihilating thousands of innocent people.

  • Somebody has to get the proof of corrupt governing

  • insanity

  • Look into masonic gang stalking. The more of a thorn you are, the more tactics they’ll use.

  • No surprise there. What was that song lyric? “You step out of line, the man come and take you away” They don’t need to even have the legal right to charge you or seize your accounts etc. Its just a method used to keep people in line and make an example out of them so others don’t do the same

  • Do as we say but don’t say what we do!

  • Kinda hard to feel sorry for these mass murders even though they now sing a different song.

  • ?

  • :poop:

  • True oath takers,,,this is evidence that the BANKS own government…—…

  • To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you aren’t allowed to criticize :/

  • these 4 guys have more balls than ALL of the congress, most of the senate, and definitely more than Mr Obama (now the Mrs, she might have some too)

  • not right for the feds for freezing there lives

  • Wow, that’s f**ked up.
    No good deed goes unpunished. What say you Warren Galloway?

  • The scariest thing in my life is our government and the billionaire 1 percent that control it.Big Brother is here and the Patriot Act gives them free reign to terrorize innocent citizens!

  • Use Bitcoin instead, but then they will be called terrorists for using it….

  • Billy Jones

    Free thought has very limited info and a one sided bias.

  • C A R C O S A

    USA have the whole world under a regime of absolute terror

  • Mary Vanrynsoever

    Then we are doing the same thing as Israel is doing ,kill the whole family.for goodness sake are we really no longer the big dog on the block ,Like Bill Clinton once said.I know that the European countries more and more looking toward Russia.and more and more anti American and anti Israel.this could become interesting.Is that why the claim the dollar will go down? we will see!!!!

  • sven-inge johansen

    It is the terror of Talmud…

  • Swapster_com

    Abolish the federal government. Give me one reason why we still need a federal government? The states are plenty big enough and well established that we simply don’t need this massive, centralized ruling body that is just out of control, wasteful, deceitful, unconstitutional, violent and getting worse by the day. End it. Please wake up and spread this message. Let every person know.