(July 30, 2012) One wonders if drone pilot Col. D. Scott Brenton listens to Louis Armstrong in the suburban Air National Guard Base in Syracuse from which he murders people 7,000 miles away.
"I see mothers with children, I see fathers with children, I see fathers with mothers, I see kids playing soccer," Brenton tells the New York Times. Drone operators see their intended targets 'wake up in the morning, do their work, go to sleep at night," explains Dave, another high-tech murderer who killed from an office cockpit at Nevada's Creech Air Force Base and who now trains new recruits to the cyber-killer corps at New Mexicoâ€™s Holloman Air Force Base.
When instructed to kill someone he has stalked from the air for a prolonged period, "I feel no emotional attachment to the enemy," Brenton insists. "I have a duty, and I execute my duty." When the deed is done, he points out, nobody â€œin my immediate environment is aware of anything that has occurred.â€
â€œThere was a good reason for killing the people that I did, and I go through it in my head over and over and over,â€ insists another drone operator named Will, who â€” like Dave â€” served a deskbound â€œcombatâ€ tour at Creech and now trains others to do likewise at Holloman Air Base.