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USA: US Whistleblower’s Mom Asks For Help To Get Son Released

Sunday 1 March 2020, by siawi3

Source: https://popularresistance.org/us-whistleblowers-mom-asks-for-help-to-get-son-released/

US Whistleblower’s Mom Asks For Help To Get Son Released

By Vakkas Do?antekin,
Aa.com

February 29, 2020

Ex-drone operator receive threats from FBI after revealing criminal nature of US drone program

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The mother of internationally known whistleblower Brandon Bryant started an online donation campaign to pay for her son’s $100,000 bail and get him out of jail.

Bryant, 34, an ex-drone pilot for U.S. Air Force who has made global headlines after exposing civilian drone crimes of the U.S. army across the world, was jailed Feb. 11 in his home state of Montana on felony charges of allegedly threatening city council members in Missoula County in a YouTube video posted Dec. 19.

His mother, LanAnn Bryant, however, says it is a “politically motivated” case.

In a video shared on GoFundMe crowdfunding website to plea for help from Bryant’s supporters, Bryant said her son has no criminal record, “yet he is held on a $100,000 bail.”

Calling her disabled son’s incarceration “politically motivated” and a breach of American Disabilities Act, the elder Bryant said her son only wanted to make a positive difference in the community.

“Under detention, he is isolated from his family, friends, and the medically mandated emotional support animal,” she added.

She has raised nearly $3,000 since Feb. 16.

A case shrouded in mystery

Earlier in February, Bryant was indefinitely banned from Missoula City Council meetings and jailed after he was deemed a threat to public safety and arrested for threatening public officials.

“Sir, I never talked about the City Council, I never threatened the City Council,” Bryant said during his first trial appearance, denying threat allegations multiple times as he appeared via video from the Missoula County Detention Center.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges during a second appearance Feb. 20 at the Missoula District Court, where he was defended by attorneys Robin Hammond and Jake Coolidge.

Despite repeated attempts by Anadolu Agency, Deputy County Attorney Matt Jennings, who pressed charges against Bryant and his staff Feb. 19, declined to comment on the case.

Why Bryant was arrested in February, months after the alleged threatening video is unknown.

His next court appearance in scheduled for April 27.

Who is whistleblower Bryant?

Bryant was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for six years from 2006 to 2011, operating Predator drones as a camera operator from his office in Las Vegas, Nevada, to make targeted killings in Afghanistan and Iraq thousands of miles away.

After calling it quits with the military July 4, 2011, he started suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and decided to speak out against the American military, which he called “worse than the Nazis.”

According to a document Bryant received during his honorable discharge from military duty, it was confirmed his unit carried out 1,626 “targeted killing operations,” killing over 2,300 people, which shocked Bryant, as he was not fully aware of the scope of his work.

He estimated he was directly involved 13 killings by drone attacks.

In an interview with GQ magazine in 2013, he explained the atrocities of the U.S. military and its crimes against humanity in detail, saying at one point he could no longer stand what he was doing after he learned he killed a child, rather than a dog, as has his superiors made him believe.

After firing a Hellfire missile, he saw a child exit the target building as the missile struck the place, and immediately notified his superiors about the situation.

His superiors, apparently angry with Bryant’s inquiry, said “it was a f***ing dog, drop it.”

Threats from FBI

Bryant testified against the inhumane nature of U.S. drone programs in front of an expert council at the United Nations in 2014, followed by further testimonies in Germany in 2015, where he described the key role U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany plays in the American drone operations.

In 2015, two American Air Force officers showed up at his mother’s house in Missoula, Montana.

He said they told her she was on an ISIS “hit list,” which Bryant’s attorney called a clear sign of whistleblower intimidation, according to Shadowproof, which describes itself as a “press organization driven to expose systemic abuses of power in business and government.”

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Bryant_(whistleblower)

Brandon Bryant (whistleblower)
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Brandon Wayne Bryant (born November 18, 1985 in Missoula, Montana[1]) is an American whistleblower. From 2006 to 2011 he was a camera operator (sensor operator) of unmanned drones of the United States Air Force. His job was targeted killing.

On December 10, 2012 the German magazine Der Spiegel reported about Bryant, his former work and his post traumatic stress disorder.[2][3]

He gave his testimony to an expert council of the United Nations[4] and to the German Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA spying scandal.[5][6][7][8] Jesselyn Radack is his lawyer.

The smoke clears, and there’s pieces of the two guys around the crater. And there’s this guy over here, and he’s missing his right leg above his knee. He’s holding it, and he’s rolling around, and the blood is squirting out of his leg … It took him a long time to die. I just watched him.
—?Airman First Class Brandon Bryant in GQ[9]

In April 2015 Brandon Bryant gave his first public keynote ’Inside the Predator’ on the drone-system and his experience as a drone operator at the conference ’DRONES: Eyes from a Distance’, the opening event of the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin, Germany.[10]

In 2015 the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler and the German section of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms awarded Bryant with the Whistleblower Award.[11]

In November 2015 the theatrical play Ramstein Airbase: Game of Drones premiered at Staatstheater Mainz. Brandon Bryant is a central character and was played by Denis Larisch.[12]

In May 2016 the Norwegian documentary filmer Tonje Hessen Schei produced the documentary Drone – This Is No Game!.[13] Drone pilots Brandon Bryant and Michael Haas are shown as examples of how the CIA recruits video gamers and trains them to kill by remote control. An earlier version of the film won awards at several festivals in 2015. At the Bergen International Film Festival it won the “Best Documentary Award“ and the”Human Rights Award“. At the Cinema for Peace Foundation in Berlin it won the award as “Most Valuable Documentary of the Year“. At the San Sebastián Human Rights film festival the team that made the documentary won the”Amnesty International Award“.[14]

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Brandon Bryant in 2016.

Brandon Wayne Bryant (born November 18, 1985 in Missoula, Montana[1]) is an American whistleblower. From 2006 to 2011 he was a camera operator (sensor operator) of unmanned drones of the United States Air Force. His job was targeted killing.

On December 10, 2012 the German magazine Der Spiegel reported about Bryant, his former work and his post traumatic stress disorder.[2][3]

He gave his testimony to an expert council of the United Nations[4] and to the German Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA spying scandal.[5][6][7][8] Jesselyn Radack is his lawyer.

The smoke clears, and there’s pieces of the two guys around the crater. And there’s this guy over here, and he’s missing his right leg above his knee. He’s holding it, and he’s rolling around, and the blood is squirting out of his leg … It took him a long time to die. I just watched him.
—?Airman First Class Brandon Bryant in GQ[9]

In April 2015 Brandon Bryant gave his first public keynote ’Inside the Predator’ on the drone-system and his experience as a drone operator at the conference ’DRONES: Eyes from a Distance’, the opening event of the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin, Germany.[10]

In 2015 the Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler and the German section of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms awarded Bryant with the Whistleblower Award.[11]

In November 2015 the theatrical play Ramstein Airbase: Game of Drones premiered at Staatstheater Mainz. Brandon Bryant is a central character and was played by Denis Larisch.[12]

In May 2016 the Norwegian documentary filmer Tonje Hessen Schei produced the documentary Drone – This Is No Game!.[13] Drone pilots Brandon Bryant and Michael Haas are shown as examples of how the CIA recruits video gamers and trains them to kill by remote control. An earlier version of the film won awards at several festivals in 2015. At the Bergen International Film Festival it won the “Best Documentary Award“ and the”Human Rights Award“. At the Cinema for Peace Foundation in Berlin it won the award as “Most Valuable Documentary of the Year“. At the San Sebastián Human Rights film festival the team that made the documentary won the”Amnesty International Award“.[14]

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