This is shocking, even worse than one imagines.
It always seemed strange that drone strikes in Middle East targets could be directed from as far away as Nevada. Well, now, it appears that the "heart" of this operation is in Germany:
A TOP-SECRET U.S. intelligence document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the sprawling U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany serves as the high-tech heart of America’s drone program. Ramstein is the site of a satellite relay station that enables drone operators in the American Southwest to communicate with their remote aircraft in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and other targeted countries. The top-secret slide deck, dated July 2012, provides the most detailed blueprint seen to date of the technical architecture used to conduct strikes with Predator and Reaper drones.
The Spiegel article heaps particular scorn on the penchant of our government for hush-hush top secret activities.