NATIONAL BIRD: THE TRAUMA OF DRONE WARFARE

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

National Bird, a 2016 documentary by investigative journalist Sonia Kennebeck, profiles three former military—Heather, Lisa, and Daniel—who participated in the U.S. Drone Program.

(Though the three are identified by first name only, Heather subsequently published a widely-read piece in The Guardian revealing her last name to be Linebaugh, and Daniel, likewise through news media, is now known to be Daniel Hale).

The film focuses on the effect on men and women aged 18-24 who made decisions over whether someone else should live or die, and then sat and watched the destruction.

Heather, a Drone Imagery Analyst and screener, was tasked with examining grainy footage of people in Afghanistan, determining as best she could from thousands of miles away the ages and genders of potential targets, and making the call as to whether the strike should take place.  

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4 Replies to “NATIONAL BIRD: THE TRAUMA OF DRONE WARFARE”

  1. Ray Wallace says: Reply

    I started recording the Rosaries I said each day in March of 2014, to the present. I’ve said Rosaries, thou, not to often over the yrs. before, but for no reason, I began to write down the ones I said everyday. The number I’ve reached so far which is over 7,500. You can see I’ve sung lots of them, and said more when I’ve spent an hour in our Adoration Chapel at St. Peter in Kirkwood, MO. (St. Louis). I missed one day since ’14 and my excuse is I had 102. degree, something temperature. I still think that’s a POOR excuse. I hope to have 8,000 said by Easter ’22. We’ll see, but whatever, I’ll keep at it. I was born in 1933 (AD), so I have some time left, maybe, LOL. Love, Ray Wallace

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Oh that is sad you slacked off, Ray, with a mere 102 temp. Kidding!! Just wonderful that you have been so faithful. Prayer as a kind of love letter, a communication, a wanting to be with…and the Rosary is tactile, something we can hold in our hand, touch, make contact with…for me it’s like an adult version of a pacifier…in every sense of the word. Praying in solidarity with you in your Adoration chapel in Kirkwood MO and here’s to Easter 2022–

  2. I wish I could be articulate in forming a response to this article. All I can feel is an overwhelming sense of anguish flowing through my soul for everyone concerned. How does GOD hold all the pain?

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I know, Vicki…bottomless sorrow. Held on the Cross…

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