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Former US drone operator reveals UAV mission flaws

December 31, 2013 at 1:00 am | News Desk


WASHINGTON: Former operator of the US Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Heather Linebaugh has revealed the imperfectness of the drone targets as they are inaccurate in detecting even Improvised Explosive Device, The Guardian reported.

Horrible and eye-opening facts has been revealed by the UAV operator; said, “The feed is so pixelated, what if it’s a shovel, and not a weapon?”

Heather Linebaugh slammed the US drone attacks and claimed that it is incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure.

“What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light,” according to the reports.

Linebaugh told The Guardian, “We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian’s life all because of a bad image or angle.”


The UAV operator raised several questions before the personalities proclaiming the benefits of drones.

“How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?”

“How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?”

“How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?”, she questioned.

Linebaugh served in the United Stated Air Force from 2009 until March 2012. She worked in intelligence as an imagery analyst and geo-spatial analyst for the drone program during the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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