"...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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Media Taken for a Drone Ride - Cenk Interviews Brandon Bryant

Brandon Bryant back in the media, now promoting his foreign film.  He's being called a whistle blower and even went so far as to lie about a whistle he blew, when asked the question directly, after a cute semantic maneuver.  And when asked if he has PTSD he said, "I've been diagnosed with it, yes" which is all but an admission that he knows he doesn't truly have PTSD.  These embellishments and falsities are sure to help bolster the hype of the flick.  But what I found the most fascinating about this interview was:

1.  Brandon Bryant admits that he flew a mission with the unconstitutional goal of assassinating an American citizen, and did so for ten months before his contract was up and he left the drone program six months before the American target and his son were killed.  He admitted, as was discussed previously on the Young Turks, to flying a mission with the intent of breaking the law.

2.  Brandon, despite knowing better, says, "We have no men with nobility or honor in our system anymore" after admitting he had no issue with flying that mission with the goal of violating the rights of another person.  For ten months.  Somehow he still feels entitled to some kind of moral high horse now that his term of enlistment has been completed and he finds himself on the outside.

3.  Tonje, the documentary producer, says that we need accountability in the drone program.  Yet the star of her documentary, sitting to her left, is a guy who just admitted doing the things she said were bad and required accountability.  And he did them until his contract was up and he was honorably discharged.

4.  Cenk thanks Brandon for his "courage" on behalf of Americans who are concerned about this issue (while Brandon basks in the praise) and says he shouldn't feel bad about what he's done, because he does in fact feel bad (so that means Brandon is a decent person).  Cenk fails to expound on this claimed courage having apparently bought Brandon's claim of PTSD and "moral injury."

I couldn't help but imagine Cenk interviewing Goebbels after his military contract came to an end, with Goebbels on the Young Turks explaining all the bad things he did and how he has PTSD from "moral injury"while basking in Cenk's praise and claims of his courage for speaking about things already known to the world.  Would Cenk give Goebbels the same absolution in exchange for being on his show?

Is it really good for accountability when the "ooops" excuse (which Brandon hypocritically blasts the President for) works for those who actually carry out unlawful orders?

Is the media going to call him out when he makes false claims like, for example, that he blew the whistle on the unconstitutional mission to assassinate Awlaki?  I mean, prior to Brandon ever mentioning that mission in the media, there was a federal court case challenging the legality of Awlaki being hunted for assassination, and the Secretary of Defense himself admitted to the assassination on 60 Minutes.  So how did Brandon blow a whistle again?  Oh well.  If you can't trust the word of a guy who admits to flying missions to break the law, not objecting, and later claiming PTSD and "moral injury" who can you trust?

The only whistle being blown here is the "promote this film" whistle.  The media is being taken for a ride by a charlatan.  And they should know better.

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