Maybe the cowardly military scum predator drone operators who sit in front of their computer monitors casually murdering innocent women and children in the Middle East while sipping their morning coffee and eating a sausage, egg, and cheese croissant will have second thoughts before pushing that button. Or maybe stories like this will make them blow their brains out and do the world a favor. 


A giant art installation targets predator drone operators


In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.

To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.


The installation is also designed to be captured by satellites in order to make it a permanent part of the landscape on online mapping sites.

The project is a collaboration of artists who made use of the French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement. Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped launch the effort which has been released with the hashtag #NotABugSplat

Children gather around the installation

Children gather around the installation

Ground view of the gigantic poster of the child victim.

Ground view of the gigantic poster of the child victim.

The child featured in the poster is nameless, but according to FFR, lost both her parents and two young siblings in a drone attack.

The group of artists traveled inside KPK province and, with the assistance of highly enthusiastic locals, unrolled the poster amongst mud huts and farms. It is their hope that this will create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators, and will create dialogue amongst policy makers, eventually leading to decisions that will save innocent lives.

17 thoughts on “DON’T DRONE ME BRO-BAMA”

  1. One special forces soldier who truly gets it….but ,then I wonder how he continued on in the business of murder for so long?

    “They’re not some evil character like you see in films, they’re people.They have mother , they have father , they have sister , they have brothers, they have children..”

    A Christian nation does not sanction murder… what then?

  2. What kind of a fucked up world, scratch that, what kind of a fucked up country are we that while we wave the flag and cheer our military on to “protect our freedom” other people place huge posters of children’s faces to hopefully keep the drones away.

    Some days people really make me sick, scratch that, most days most people really make me sick.

  3. Stucky, not to change the subject from doom, gloom and drones, but that kid was used in a Pure Michigan ad, and you being from Michigan, I thought you would enjoy the video.

  4. card802

    Ohmigosh …. THAT WAS GREAT!! haha And, so damn true!

    I waxed nostalgic watching the beginning of the vid. My former home in Grand Haven was walking distance from the beach. Now I’m 20 fucking miles from Newark, NJ. Fuckmedead.

  5. The michigan/ohio state rivalry is my favorite. It has produced a lot of hilarious videos. I remain officially neutral.

  6. Got a lead to your site and to this post…
    You should know –
    Terrorists will do anything to disguise their hideouts and plans….
    Schools are often terror centers. Weddings and shopping centers can be terrorist conlaves…
    Kids carry bombs and are terrorist couriers…
    Arabs will adopt any ruse to kill Americans…
    Drone operators support the Constitution, freedom, democracy, and the American way.
    If we kill an Arab kid now we are surely saving the lives of several Americans in the future.
    Americans should support aerial ethnic cleansing of the lessor breeds as it will save the lives of Americans who could be your sons, relatives, neighbors, and friends.

  7. One thing we do know for sure is that when the dollar finally loses its reserve status, other nations will have us by the balls. 1st, we still import 1/2 of all the energy we use. Next, of the 1.2 Billion cell phones manufactured last year, the United States produced Zero. It produced Zero laptops, Zero Television sets, Zero desktop computers – you get the picture. Since we have no clue as to how we’d manufacture those items anymore, the moment we lose our reserve currency status, other nations can then demand that we turn over our war criminals to an internation body to be tried.

    Since we can not function without the rest of the world supplying us with most of our electronics, half of our energy and a fair amount of our food, we will have but no choice than to give up our criminals to include the DRONE OPERATORS. Yup, those child murdering monsters will be put on trial as well.

    I hope they enjoy spending the rest of their lives in prison knowing that the world views their crimes no differently than the crimes of the worst NAZI’s.

    It wont be long now.


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