U.S. Military Drones and Terrorism

Mentioned in this RNRH podcast is how U.S. military drones in third world countries contribute to many of the people in those countries feeling terrorized. Also mentioned is that there are civilians in the militaristically-effected countries who aren’t even attending familial weddings anymore, such is the fear they have of dying from U.S. drone strikes, which indeed have a record of killing innocent people at weddings.

“Typically… raw recruits are kids straight out of high school… they’re often working in the Western United States… in bases in Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona… where they work twelve hour shifts.  And it’s their job to watch somebody on the other side of the world… One of the people whose story I tell is a young woman named Heather Linebaugh… and she said she often would tell the commanders and the pilots that they were making a mistake… and what she said was nobody paid attention to her, and here’s the reason:  because she was nineteen, because she was straight out of high school, because she was at the bottom of the chain, the pilots, who typically graduated from college, twenty-five and older, the commanders, who might be in their forties, didn’t really take her opinion seriously. But here’s the rub.  She was actually the person who saw what happened day in and day out.  So even though she was the lowest person on that chain of command… she was the one who knew the most… She described to me… how she would literally go away and cry because she had felt like she had really sent somebody to their death without giving them the opportunity to find out if they were really guilty.” — Investigative Journalist Pratap Chatterjee