Analyst Andrew Galecki takes the stand; he was part of the DOD "sensor-to-shooter" decision chain, aka the Kill Chain: "We take into account the strategic value of eliminating a target, the potential damage to civilians, and the proximity to mosques, schools, or hospitals. This is all entered into a computer algorithm, which determines the worthiness of an attack... [Unfortunately], sometimes the value of killing an al-Qaeda target outweighs killing civilians."
Prosecution: "So what about the week before, that al-Qaeda guy Amad al Dasari that Alicia mentioned?"
Galecki: "No, that attack was sanctioned. We were willing to risk more deaths because Mr. Al Dasari was such a danger to the United States... [This one] was not a sanctioned attack. We sent out an immediate transmission when we saw children in the area. The accused took it upon herself to fire anyway."
Which, we saw, is true. What we didn't see, because the POV kept switching between them and her, is whether she saw them say no. They said there were kids and they said there was a mosque, and she fired anyway. Or rather, Ventura did. Or, really rather, the drone did. Literally she -- or else this transmission delay that Ventura denies -- we the weakest link in the chain, and it broke.
Which means we have to pin it on Ventura himself, following the deaths back up the chain, and that since he fired the missile one of two things is happening: Either he didn't see the transmission either, and was following her wrong orders, and is now perjuring himself, or he did and -- as he says -- sat stunned in horror as he followed her order. Either way, his earlier response is on the record, which means that they have to discredit him the quickest way possible, which means reframing this as a story of institutionalized and personalized sexism. Mission creeeeeep.
Will: "How many women are on the jury? Half. So we should argue she's being prosecuted because she's a woman."
Hicks: "That's not true, and even if it were, it doesn't matter."
Will, mission-creeping Alicia by accident: "Why isn't it true? The pilot isn't being prosecuted, none of her commanders, all men I think. Check the transcripts. I thought it was all male names."
Hicks: "No, I mean it doesn't matter and it won't work. Women have to work twice as hard as men, just like any other sector of human work. Institutionalized sexism exists everywhere, but when you submit to a whole separate world like this you are agreeing to the rules of the system. You joined in when you joined up. A woman in the military has already made these decisions for herself. Stop thinking about the jury like they're civilians, they're not. This is exactly why Kuhn hates you. Try this and she will shoot Elkins in the head herself and it will be a proportionate response because you truly are muddying the water when you do this. Facts on the ground, please."