“Has the U.S. drone war fueled hatred that has ignited terrorism and recruitment to groups like Islamic State? Yes, according to four former Air Force service members who are speaking out together for the first time.
Staff Sgt. Brandon Bryant and Senior Airmen Michael Haas, Stephen Lewis and Cian Westmoreland have issued a letter to President Obama, warning that the U.S. drone program is one of the greatest drivers of terrorism. The service members accuse the administration of lying about the effectiveness of the program: They say it is good at killing people—just not the right ones.
The four drone war veterans risk prosecution by an administration whose targeting of government whistleblowers has been unprecedented. The “Democracy Now!” exclusive is their first extended broadcast interview.”