For half a decade, American Brandon Bryant worked in the United States covert drone program. He was responsible for bombings in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
He was told that he helped to kill over 1,600 people. As time went by he began to feel guilty, and he finally said ‘no more’.
Bryant was finding it hard to sleep and even dreamed in infrared.
The guilt over working in the drone program became too much for him so he had to call it quits. In the video a calm and reflective Bryant speaks about some of the specifics of his job as a drone operator as he tells BBC:
“We see shadows of people, and we kill those shadows.”
From 2006-2011 Bryant was a sensor operator for the NQ1B Predator Drone. He was responsible for controlling the aircraft camera as well as the laser that guides the missile.
Bryant had trouble believing what he was being told by authorities. While his superiors would tell him that these were “bad people” they were killing, Bryant would watch his targets from the drone lead normal every day lives. It’s was witnessing this intimacy that caused him to be unable to continue operating the drone.
Watch the video to learn more about Bryant and his life as a drone operator.