"...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, June 8, 2023

Claims From Wayne Phelps -- On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones -- Should Not Be Trusted

I've previously blogged about how Wayne Phelps attempted to interview me for refusing to assassinate an American citizen without charge or trial and how I declined his interview.

I only recently came across this article from the Christian Science Monitor.  In this article, if the interview as published is to be believed, Phelps stated:

But this target was assigned to an Air Force drone squadron and they refused to carry it out. The leadership, and the people in the squadron, just flat out said, “We’re not going to kill an American citizen.” That takes a lot of moral courage.  Some people were fired as a result.

This is a very strange claim to say the least.  The leadership refused?  An entire squadron flat out refused?  People were fired?  Fired for what?  Refusing the mission?  If they were fired for refusing the mission, then how is it that leadership refused since leadership does the hiring and firing?

I would very strongly recommend people dismiss any claims by Phelps that come with "just trust me bro" rather than evidence.  It is my strong sense that Phelps does not write to illuminate the truth, but rather writes for a wholly different purpose.