Drone wars: the gamers recruited to kill | Guardian Docs

In tiny bunkers in the United States, young pilots are operating unmanned drones targeting ‘bad people’ in Pakistan.
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Recruited at video game fairs by military leaders who know the value of games that glamourise ‘militainment’, drone pilots are left traumatised by the civilian casualties – or ‘collateral damage’ – their strikes cause. Psychologically distanced from the enemy, are drones the future of warfare?

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50 Comments

  1. Boonimus Flex on August 9, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Sorry The Guardian
    blowing up terrorists > not blowing up terrorists

  2. zeranzeran on August 9, 2020 at 9:46 am

    The military that keeps me safe also disgusts me and makes me ashamed of my country. Which way is better?

  3. Hammoud Abdullah on August 9, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Hello, I see you from Syria. Al-Raqqa Province We have lived through years of terror while flying over our heads

  4. lacameyang arsenal on August 9, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Sad most are diognosed with ptsd

  5. SRG Zach Attack on August 9, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Glad to see Gamers are finally rising up in society

  6. skeetileedeet allonyoface on August 9, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Too bad we can’t drone strike the guardian.

  7. Ryan mckee on August 9, 2020 at 9:55 am

    this is so screwed up. Basically they are able to come, and just kill me easily, anyone, easily, thats scary.

  8. Usama Sohail on August 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Bad people in Pakistan. The guardian was supposed to be more sensitive than that.

  9. Kerwin Napoles on August 9, 2020 at 9:57 am

    The armed forces are not milk and honey people get killed.

  10. Domithacus Van Thistlebloom on August 9, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Drones = Zyclon B

  11. Karl Pietrzak on August 9, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Drone pilot: its Gods plan, the devil made me do it

  12. Philip Peter on August 9, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Wow, just wow. And I wanted to enlist in the US Army with this job (MOS: 15W). Now I might need to really reconsider. I was so excited for this job and I didn’t know it was so dirty. Maybe I could still fly the SHADOW UAV. They shouldn’t be as bad because they aren’t armed, they are used for surveillance and such.

  13. Damp Carrot on August 9, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Gamers rise up

  14. khang milton on August 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Does kids in 8:20, doing that might cost them their lives

  15. ARD7 on August 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Where should i sign??

  16. anti Christ on August 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

    This sounds fun.. how I inlist

  17. DynaMike on August 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

    These drone operators should have automatic counseling sessions to help them detach from what they’re doing.

  18. PakMan on August 9, 2020 at 10:04 am

    You tried to destroy Pakistan we will never forget that Yankees

  19. Mr. RightasRain on August 9, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Thanx bryant for ur sacrafice!

  20. Gregory on August 9, 2020 at 10:05 am

    8:19 Blue Pandora people from the film avatar against the gunship shooting home tree:

  21. weird science on August 9, 2020 at 10:06 am

    8.32 for the new Afghan air defence system

  22. Militia Hutan on August 9, 2020 at 10:06 am

    PTSD confirmed.

  23. Chris Snyder on August 9, 2020 at 10:07 am

    The segregation of the job descriptions among the drone teams is deliberate to diffuse the sense of responsibility for the deaths, same as why a firing squad is used when a single person with the weapon could be just as lethal. But the pilot who was saying that he bears the guilt for pulling the trigger but he has to rely on info from the analysts and do what he is told. But if you listen to the analysts, they feel just as guilty for each person they identify as a "bad person", because they knew full well what was going to happen next.

  24. royalxxxg G on August 9, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Simple fix. Make the drones autonomous

  25. Marcus hungidas Like ice age baby on August 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

    A DRONE! Well goodbye comrades, I wonder who is using that drone

  26. CoaS Gaming on August 9, 2020 at 10:12 am

    I really want to join the RPA in the airforce.

  27. koksal ceylan on August 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

    State terror for you.

  28. Stanley Banks on August 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

    These men are brave for stepping up.
    God bless you gentleman

  29. Bobby C. on August 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

    abortion is singling out innocence to murder

  30. TheOsk1e on August 9, 2020 at 10:15 am

    censored on facebook

  31. The Sisko on August 9, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Gamers sit and play for 12 hrs too… They should create a drone add on for DCS world and see how the players take to it.
    BTW blowing up a wedding is fucked up.

  32. Sarah Mangone on August 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Face Block has denied this video. hmmmm

  33. Pedro Lopes on August 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

    AO: Ay PO, you got eye on target ?
    PO: Rgr, eyes on target.
    AO: Send it !!!!

  34. Sven Becker on August 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

    this documentary is sensored by Facebook. Unable to share it.

  35. amv on August 9, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Recently a Pakistani had attacked London bridge… Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan… Pakistan is the main centre of world terrorism across the world… Pakistan redirects funds given by US to terrorist… US is the only country that funds the country who hid their greatest enemy.. US fights terrorists on one side and Pakistan creates new terrorists with US funds… Is there more foolish country in the world than US?

  36. sleepisforhumans on August 9, 2020 at 10:23 am

    give me that job. no problems here.

  37. KENNEDY'S LIFE on August 9, 2020 at 10:26 am

    😶

  38. Angel Rivera on August 9, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Air force sign me up

  39. RaisedontheRadio on August 9, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Great fake simulations of war. The Guardian is considered news Nintendo is hiring

  40. Bobby C. on August 9, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Everyone in a war does the same thing. War is really rough. So pray before you go that you are doing the right thing. We all are in the war every country pays taxes and pays war

  41. rihardo123 on August 9, 2020 at 10:31 am

    1:31 BLACKHAWK WITH NO BRIM hold on let me go around

  42. TvGuy on August 9, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I would wanna do the job 😀

  43. June David Barrato on August 9, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Who’s here after the killing of Soleimani??

  44. Stanley Banks on August 9, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Military industrial complex

  45. Fatboy Bugsy on August 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Give me a xbox one joystick and its on😂🗽

  46. planesrift on August 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    At least they can be doing something useful.

  47. ALEX ISHII on August 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I’m happy some of these people who monitored drones are against in their words what’s bad, but still much sad to see CIA instructing new generations ( the nerds) to do kind of that job, transforming them criminals or assassins. Where’s the UN or legal authorities to banish the employers(especially the CIA!).

  48. Eric Johnson on August 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    yo check out this high horse

  49. anti Christ on August 9, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Lmao orphan terrorists

  50. Leon Aga on August 9, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I saw Bryant now I think about Kobe again

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