LATimes: Statist Murderers increase use of "Kill Chain" Civ.Contractors to Fly DronesSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Mon, 01/02/2012 - 07:20
This is such a disgusting culture of death:
LATimes: Civilian contractors playing key roles in U.S. drone operations
Relying on contractors has brought companies that operate for profit into some of America's most sensitive military and intelligence operations. And using civilians makes some in the military uneasy.
By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2011, 10:34 p.m.
Reporting from Washington—
"After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian had played a central role: analyzing video feeds from a Predator drone keeping watch from above.
The contractor had overseen other analysts at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida as the drone tracked suspected insurgents near a small unit of U.S. soldiers in rugged hills of central Afghanistan. Based partly on her analysis, an Army captain ordered an airstrike on a convoy that turned out to be carrying innocent men, women and children.
"What company do you work for?" Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale demanded of the contractor after he learned that she was not in the military, according to a transcript obtained under the Freedom of Information Act..."