From AllGov:

A group of four former U.S. Air Force enlisted men who were part of the American drone program have written a letter to President Obama in which they say their former duties helped drive terrorism.

The men, three of whom were drone operators and another who worked in drone communications, wrote to Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan: “We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantánamo Bay.”

The former drone operatives see a link between recent terrorist attacks and the program for which they had worked. “We cannot sit silently by and witness tragedies like the attacks in Paris, knowing the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home,” they wrote. The killing of innocents in drone strikes has, they say, served as one of the most “devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”

The signatories are, according to The Guardian, Brandon Bryant, who served in the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron and 3rd Special Operations Squadron (pdf) from 2005 to 2011; Michael Haas, who served in the same squadrons during the same period; Stephen Lewis, who was with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron between 2005 and 2010; and Cian Westmoreland, a technician responsible for the program’s  communications infrastructure who served with the 606 Air Control Squadron in Germany and the 73rd Expeditionary…

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