Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror

Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror

Has the U.S. drone war “fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS”? That’s the conclusion of four former Air Force servicemembers who are speaking out together for the first time. They’ve issued a letter to President Obama warning the U.S. drone program is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism. They accuse the administration of lying about the effectiveness of the drone program, saying it is good at killing people—just not the right ones. The four drone war veterans risk prosecution by an administration that has been unprecedented in its targeting of government whistleblowers. In a Democracy Now! exclusive, they join us in their first extended broadcast interview.

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42 Comments

  1. john carlisle on June 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Redefining no child left behind…Copyright USA

  2. Zee Ter on June 10, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    If ‘Blowback’ was ignored when reported on by Presidential Candidate RonPaul, do they really think anyone will listen to common infantry men?

  3. the fabulous Greenbean on June 10, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Is there a part 2?

  4. Richard Llewellyn on June 10, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Is it true Obama was given the transparency award in a secret ceremony.

  5. Frank Lux on June 10, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    wow, cry me a river. I the armed forces were volunteer armed forces. America has really change. we want candy but without sugar. we want coffe but without caffeine. we want fries but without grease. we want tabacco but without nicotine. we want to fight terrorists but without casualties. we want freedom without a fight…

  6. Annemarie Dewey on June 10, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    These young men are such heroes.

  7. Badr AlSaleh on June 10, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    "Cutting the grass before it grows too long" This is the term used by your military when killing children.
    Now please tell me who is more evil than ISIS or even Hitler??? .

  8. True Don Blue on June 10, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    US is digging themselves deeper and deeper in turmoil, there is no turning back now, they have pissed off alot of people in the world and more and more are starting to turn their backs on the US.

  9. PitchForksAreComing on June 10, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Yeah no kidding ,nothing like creating an enemy just to feed the need to open the financial floodgates to perpetually fill military coffers!

  10. Michael Spencer on June 10, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    get’em drone, bomb the hell out of them

  11. aim_high on June 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    My 9 yrs old son said after watching this video "yes if my dad came out with the truth, he will end up sacrificing you (me, his mother) and me, but then sacrificing two people is so much better than scarifying millions".

    Guys you are my heroes! and my son’s as well.

  12. bohnstube on June 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    War kills people and breaks things… jeeez, I could just never have figured that one out on my own…thanks for that "investigative report" there, guys….

  13. Jody Banks on June 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    So our leaders mislead us into murdering millions! So the answer was to vote this solution to the problem for past eight years. And now we have seen with our eyes what hypocrites our two party system is ? And now instead of protesting our voices, silence at everything we have done? This is not going to end well for America ? When its citizens won’t even stand up and end this corrupted government that isn’t able to remove our criminal president

  14. Konnan on June 10, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    What happens when our "enemies" drones hit home?

  15. joe.public on June 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    the reality is if you work for the US military you are the terrorist

  16. jenny misteqq on June 10, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Obama inherited two wars, then expanded our military intervention from those two countries to three more! Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner.

  17. Lindsay Bertram on June 10, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    You mean we’re attacked for a reason? No no, cognitive dissonance; make it go away, make it go away!!

  18. Jacob Kandanattu on June 10, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    is any movie made on innocent Christians & yezidi who had been tortured beheaded crussified, raped… is any support for those people..

  19. Marc Jeffers on June 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Ender’s game is now.

  20. JCVdude on June 10, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Sad that such an important video as this has so few views. Priorities…

  21. freshkid16100 on June 10, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks to these true American vets, your cause won’t be in vain.

  22. 3rdworldtraveler on June 10, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I have no compassion for these guys , they didn’t know its wrong to shoot innocent kids and women , and just found out later , Oh my , maybe to many violent video games and not enough time in books , I have killed so many kids now i have PTSD boo hoo , They should be in prison not basking in the lime light on TV. Really sorry go to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or another 50 countries being tormented by these ungodly machines and talk to the families of the dead , Good luck with that the family’s might not be so unforgiving . Say " I so sorry I killed your family " then run.

  23. DianeDi on June 10, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    This just in ….. breaking news
    See link below this comment.

  24. vanessanda on June 10, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    The US not only violates International Law on Human Rights and Respect for National Sovereignty with its drone murder program, but it does it in THE MOST COWARDLY FASHION EVER PERPETRATED BY ANY HOSTILE COLONIAL/IMPERIAL POWER AND WANNABE HEGEMON!!!! From behind a screen or with highly paid proxy butchers!

  25. Green2Stay Eco SWD Marketing Network on June 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    ‘This is wrath of the ‘Almighty’ stuff!’

  26. Kapitananime on June 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    No one on the LEFT cares about the war crimes oof a Democrat in office. No one I know wants to see Obama as a war monger. Yet he is and the LEFT ignore it all day and all month and all year.

  27. Pat Hacker on June 10, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    "Cutting the grass" and "mowing the lawn" are Israeli phrases for killing Arabs.  I am not surprised they are being used by the USA military today.

  28. Rob Anderson on June 10, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    The US Drone Program is an illegal Assassination Program. It is not a war!

  29. Rob Anderson on June 10, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    If we had Snipers running around killing people without trial or any legal methodology, we’d call those snipers assassins. But a drone, well that’s just fine and dandy.

  30. Thought Challenger on June 10, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    I hope this is just the start of US soldiers waking up the the zionist agenda.

  31. oliver green on June 10, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    man the future of earth is looking real sadistic right now, that video game segment had me shocked, thanks for the quality news DN

  32. Anna Wojewodka on June 10, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    this is so horrible, for the victims but also for those guys. I can see the pain in their faces and the regret. I hope what you’re going through is going to change things for the better, don’t give up guys

  33. Winston Smith - Ministry of Truth on June 10, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    This video made me cry. And these dudes are real heroes!

  34. digitalbookworm5678 on June 10, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Makes you wonder about those who say that violent video gaming is part of the reason for violence here in the US.
    Granted these guys knew what they were in for when they signed up, but their basic concern for humanity won out in the end.

  35. Rain Money Productions on June 10, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    ISIS still deserves to die. All of them.

  36. True Don Blue on June 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    drones kill more woman children than the bad guys. and a letter to president yomama will not do anything.

  37. izzygrine on June 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    thing is Americans don’t sympathize with innocent people dying in the middle east. they don’t dress and speak like us so who gives a shit, i guarantee you that’s the attitude of most. but look how fast tears were shed for the Paris attacks. you can find pictures online of children blown to pieces because of our drones, and you don’t think these folks was payback.

  38. jackchorn on June 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    all those people warning that video games created violence- I guess they were right. The CIA is completely out of control- the MIC is complwetely out of control. We need a department of peace- because certainly McCain is not our man representing the people.

  39. Gil Ramirez on June 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    HEROES!! these men are now my HEROES!

  40. TheDavidDaoud on June 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Very proud of all you guys; stay safe.

  41. Brian Jacobsen on June 10, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    US has terrorised the middle east with these drones that should be a war crime.Every time you go outside you have to look up in the sky to see if a US death drone. Is floating around. So you wouldn’t be targeted. Can you drone operators fly these. Things into the people that deserve it the most. Is there enough fuel to fly it to Washington?

  42. Stranded in Utah on June 10, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    This is Obama’s war. It’s sneaky, unjust, immoral and dishonorable much like the President himself.

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