I’ve just received permission to feature Linebaugh in an upcoming piece, though she’s moved on to a new life elsewhere. In an era where drones’ damage has tripled, her testimony here is important.
“I worked on the US drone program”: What the public should know…
Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions:
1. “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And
2. “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?” Or even more pointedly:
3. “How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicle] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?”
Few of these politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have any real clue of what actually goes on.
I, on the other hand…
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