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Brandon Bryant (us)

Friday, 02 Mar 2018

Brandon Wayne Bryant (born November 18, 1985 in Missoula, Montana) is an American whistleblower. From 2006 to 2011 he was a camera operator (sensor operator) of unmanned drones of the United States Air Force. His job was targeted killing.

On December 10, 2012 the German magazine Der Spiegel reported about Bryant, his former work and his post traumatic stress disorder.

He gave his testimony to an expert council of theUnited Nations and to the German Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA spying scandal. Jesselyn Radack is his lawyer.

In 2015 the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler and the German section of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms awarded Bryant with the Whistleblower Award.

In May 2016 the Norwegian documentary filmer Tonje Hessen Schei produced the documentary Drone – This Is No Game!. Drone pilots Brandon Bryant and Michael Haas are shown as examples of how the CIA recruits video gamers and trains them to kill by remote control. An earlier version of the film won awards at several festivals in 2015. At the Bergen International Film Festival it won the "Best Documentary Award“ and the "Human Rights Award“. At the Cinema for Peace Foundation in Berlin it won the award as "Most Valuable Documentary of the Year“. At the San Sebastián Human Rights film festival the team that made the documentary won the "Amnesty International Award“.

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