Jul 28 2015

Drone Operators Experience PTSD As Remote-Controlled Wars Escalate

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GUEST: Pratap Chatterjee, executive director of CorpWatch. He recently published an op-ed in the New York Times called ‘Our Drone War Burnout’, and is a regular contributor to Tom Dispatch. His new book, Verax is a graphic novel about whistleblowers and mass surveillance co-authored by Khalil Bendib, will be published by Metropolitan Books in 2016.

A US drone strike in Eastern Afghanistan has resulted in the deaths of 5 people. Press reports indicate that they were members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Drone strikes in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region have sharply risen this year although there is has been little media coverage.

In fact, the US has increasingly relied on this form of stealth warfare where formal declarations of war are apparently unnecessary, individuals are placed on a so-called kill list, and simply assassinated extra-judicially, and, best of all, no US soldiers’ lives are sacrificed in the process.

However, whistleblowers from among the lowest parts of the chain of command operating and deploying the drones, are now coming forward to speak out. They are experiencing levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome from the remote killings that they are engaged in.

To learn more, visit www.corpwatch.org.

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