"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Brandon Bryant Targeted?

According to this article, so-called whistle blower Brandon Bryant has had his access to his bank accounts and credit cards blocked by the federal government as part of anti-terrorism activity.  The article says its source is well known civil liberties lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, who for some reason is representing Brandon.

Having conversed with Brandon for years now, I still can't figure out what whistle he is blowing.  As this video shows, he's all over the map and basically just babbles anything and everything seemingly in the hope that he can be loved by a crowd.  He seems to delude himself into thinking he's in the same camp as Ed Snowden.  But still I don't see the comparison, other than their apparently shared lawyer.

After all, Brandon served as a sensor operator on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and served out his enlistment without objection.  He refused no orders, and even admits to treason while he was serving.  After his several years as a sensor operator, Brandon then tried to cross train into a new career field but did not complete the training and was released from service.  Only after his discharge, from what I can tell, did Brandon begin his so-called whistle blowing.

I find it interesting that a man who did not object to activities that he now alternates between condemning and hyping, would be a spokesperson for or against drone operations.  I don't get it.  I don't see what value he brings to this important discussion.

Regardless, what whistle is he blowing?  I still can't figure that out.  Military machines engage in warfare?  That doesn't seem particularly enlightening.  Killing has a psychological impact?  Despite his claim of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from a handful of shots thousands of miles away, I'm not sure that Brandon is really the best source for that very old discussion.  At any rate, doesn't whistle blowing alert people to crimes they did not know about?  Like Edward Snowden courageously did with his revelations? 

I personally think Brandon lacks a whistle to blow or anything substantial or useful to say.  I think he just wants attention and is looking for some kind of payoff.  Perhaps an emotional payoff, a financial one, or both.  Whatever the truth, I still can't figure out what Brandon's message is other than self promotion.  I think he will say anything, because he is not involved in the discussion for truth.  I think he's in it solely for himself.

Regardless of his motivations and his incoherent and often contradictory "message," and despite his lack of credibility or ethical bona fides, if it is true that our federal government is blocking his finances due to his speech then that is very troubling.  If this article is accurate, then perhaps Brandon will have a legitimate claim and a legitimate discussion going forward.  Finally.

And that is a serious concern.

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