The Gamer Who Flew “Killer Drones” for the US Army | Super Users

The US Army’s use of killer drones has killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Brandon Bryant, a gamer, flew those drones. He tells us what life was like within the drone programme and why he decided to become a whistleblower.

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  1. Benjamin Rodriguez on March 2, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    so. kinda weird but you can’t join the military on July 4th… ain’t MEPS closed?? I smell CAP.

  2. Vlue Heres on March 2, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Haha rocket and machine gun go brrr

  3. oliie on March 2, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    No disrespect to this guy but, what he’s saying doesn’t make sense. He would have had to go through at least a year’s worth of training to get to that point. Completely aware of what he was getting into. Now he acts like he was forced into it and he’s a victim. If he didn’t want to play a part in the death of another person he should have picked a different MOS. Also who can’t tell the difference between, videos games and drone footage? If you’re that easily detached from what you’re doing, there has to be something wrong with you.

  4. SomeNorwegianGuy on March 2, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    So, just like any other soldier on a mission/campaign then. But without the risk of being killed.

  5. hateeternalmaver on March 3, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Again, the drones are an amazing feat of technology of which we all should be proud.
    They’re also not sitting together deciding who to harm next – it’s the decision how to use it that makes it either a good or a bad thing.

  6. Yusuf Aditya on March 3, 2021 at 12:06 am

    boom just like call of duty

  7. Marsha Bel on March 3, 2021 at 12:08 am


    Saịtị a na-enye nnukwu nchịkọta nke ihe nkiri ọhụụ, ihe nkiri ochie, ma ọ bụ ihe nkiri ndị na-anaghị apụta na ihe nkiri. Ebee ka ịchọta ha ebe a:

    Nwere ike ịhọrọ ụdị ihe nkiri site na fim ụlọ akwụkwọ ochie na fim ndị kachasị ọhụrụ nke afọ. Saịtị a nwere ike ịbụ saịtị akwadoro ma ọ bụrt

  8. James Til on March 3, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Should never of joined up if you weren’t up for the job. This gamer guys a traitor.

  9. Ryan Wilkinson on March 3, 2021 at 12:09 am

    This dude is trying to become a celebrity doing all these interviews…

  10. Dixon Cider on March 3, 2021 at 12:10 am

    A close friend of mine does this for the USAF, told me abut a time he took out a HVT. The guys leg flew out a ways and hit a kid sitting outside his house.

  11. Jaydeep Pal on March 3, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Obama is one of the most evil president of US history, using drones making children orphans from middle east to pakistan.. and this evil obama creates a self picture of most humane..Trump way better than Obama

  12. Brad Byrd on March 3, 2021 at 12:11 am

    This one time at band camp

  13. Upper Deck on March 3, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Terrorists worldwide thank vice for these types of videos. No doubt in my mind they use these types of media for propaganda, in effect, killing American soldiers

  14. NinjaRobot Gamer on March 3, 2021 at 12:14 am

    But mean

  15. RypienGT on March 3, 2021 at 12:15 am

    all soldiers are told to ‘point, click and shoot’.

  16. Tom Kelso on March 3, 2021 at 12:15 am

    He had me at masculine energy. I could of imagined one of my fellow Marines back in the day use that. Of course this was back at a time when don’t ask, don’t tell was the case. In those days we joined to serve our Country, not to be served and treated like snowflakes.

  17. hateeternalmaver on March 3, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Don’t worry guy, you did not much wrong.
    "Toxic masculinity", no emotion, no fear – that is the kind of guy I would want down there to protect me from harm.
    The crook, evil and callous acts were actually done on paper, in conference rooms and of course in mass media.

  18. Simply Go on March 3, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Saw this in a simpsons episode lol

  19. Asterlofts on March 3, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Wait what???

  20. Mr Balls on March 3, 2021 at 12:21 am

    There isnt much difference between drone operators and suicide bombers

    Both gutless brainwashed and hypnotized into following a fake cuase due to whatever chip on their shoulder that they grew up with

  21. Mustafa A on March 3, 2021 at 12:21 am

    This is like that criminal minds episode

  22. MR Batman on March 3, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Such a soy boy

  23. Jonathan Alarcon on March 3, 2021 at 12:23 am

    The Middle East are bad they kill people.

  24. -Tom - on March 3, 2021 at 12:24 am

    You regret it.

  25. Fred Stead on March 3, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Look at it this way, if you didn’t do it someone else would have. Your input had zero meaning.

  26. JUGGY NO on March 3, 2021 at 12:25 am

    You know the people who got hit by those drones were the real victims, not this guy.

  27. AD0GSW0RLD on March 3, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Poor guy, I just watched another documentary about a different guy who was a gamer & was lied to, he was told he was running simulations, turns out it was all real.

  28. Shah P on March 3, 2021 at 12:25 am

    US the biggest terrorist nation killing innocent people.

  29. Mike Patty on March 3, 2021 at 12:25 am

    This is the future of warfare.

  30. Jadakiss Money on March 3, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Idk about y’all i don’t like the fact he wearing that scarf makes me think of the muslims in the deserts it’s quite disrespectful

  31. gsppuffer on March 3, 2021 at 12:27 am

    And yet we voted out one if the few presidents that kept us out of war for his entire tenure

  32. Mahmoud Yahya on March 3, 2021 at 12:27 am

    being a soldier needs many current day political reform. today there is a shift from fighting by guns to fighting by radio controlled robots. so a modern soldier typically is a gamer. it will take some time till these weaponized vehicles become fully automated and smart directly obeying the owner.

    the soldier should be given the right to accept the type of mission he will go on. he should be given a file describing the real reason why they have decided to take that action and the proof that the target deserves what he is getting. the debrief shouldnot be just a simple propaganda movie. the soldier that accepts the mission should be fully responsible in all ways about his personal decision to obey the order or refuse the mission. you shouldnot be forced or manipulated to kill someone under the guise of being a man and in the "military". the military hierarchy should be dealt with as human beings , and not as loyal dogs of war.

    this poses a risk in the future if these policies didnot get implemented because things will get more and more automated and smart software controlled following the command of the military generals especially the president and possibly the senate will have some control to revoke the generals’ access to the control panel. at that stage , if these people decided to collaborate against the populace forming a dictatorship , they will be able to , unless many rules are developed from now on to regulate the information that the army needs to provide to people making them weapons and the soldiers facilitating the use and actually putting those weapons to action should be given rights of knowledge and objection.

    using soldiers as mindless tools puts pressure onto the system making these soldiers liable to hating the system and feeling that they should coup and make every body be their own tools as was done to them infront of the whole society that did nothing to support while they had the chance.

  33. Geb Nuit on March 3, 2021 at 12:28 am

    At least the soldiers on the ground see the atrocities of war, and those images stay with them for the rest of their lives.

  34. Smartrior on March 3, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Obama cared his reputation LMAO

  35. cookie monster on March 3, 2021 at 12:30 am

    And kids say games don’t instill violence

  36. ultraman420 on March 3, 2021 at 12:33 am

    You think the bad guys were worried about some shitty re-spawning?

  37. Juan Hernandez on March 3, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Bruh if anything this makes me want to become a drone op

  38. Rendern statt Gendern on March 3, 2021 at 12:34 am

    without drones IS would still rape, slaughter and tortue the people in those regions

  39. Dai Kayll on March 3, 2021 at 12:37 am

    "GROSS ?". Is that the best , most relevant word for these heinous and mkribund actions ?
    brace to speak so openly though. Hats off .

  40. Dallon Ghan on March 3, 2021 at 12:37 am

    In the words of E-40…. "It’s all bad"

    Obama is a pos

  41. NinjaRobot Gamer on March 3, 2021 at 12:37 am


  42. melon boy on March 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Call of duty be hitting tho

  43. Rafael Cifuentes on March 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

    “Oh man we should do something about this!” *clicks on next vice video*

  44. sl1ght on March 3, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Definitely a Cod kid joins military then leaves because it involves actually killing people

  45. Salmon Lewis on March 3, 2021 at 12:39 am

    0:43 look at the shadow behind his head coming into frame and out in sync with the creepy music

  46. Anand Prakash on March 3, 2021 at 12:40 am

    this guy is so naive

  47. Pick YourBattles on March 3, 2021 at 12:40 am

    If Brandon Bryant (the guy in this video) is so concerned about the death of innocent people, why was he arrested for threatening to mass murder American citizens in Missoula Montana and why is he facing a felony jury trial on 6 July 2021? Perhaps he’s not actually concerned about killing innocent people as he claims (which is why he never quit the drone program and never refused a mission) and is simply feigning concern in the hope of some kind of personal gain?

  48. George on March 3, 2021 at 12:40 am

    FaZe needs him

  49. TheJanitor on March 3, 2021 at 12:43 am

    I’ma be honest with you looks to me like you’re just playing as the hunter killer drones and every day is just a new CoD mission lol. Yeah sure you’re killing people but you shouldn’t think of it that way. You’re given a task to perform and you do that task and move on with your life.

  50. Fealinqs on March 3, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Just don’t forget when you call in a airstrike and remember I did it.

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