Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck promised transparency Thursday in how his department will evaluate the possible use of drones. Saying that although they would be a valuable tool for SWAT and standoff situations, the public’s concerns must be taken into account. The American Civil Liberties Union of South California applauded Beck’s statements. RT’s Lindsay France has more details.
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Published on Jun 2, 2014
Seattle is giving two surveillance drones to the Los Angeles Police Department after numerous regulations made them nearly unusable in the Emerald City. Currently in the possession of the Department of Homeland Security, there are no plans yet for their use. The Federal Aviation Administration must grant approval to use the drones, which the agency has never done for a major city. Civil liberties and community groups are already speaking out, raising concerns over the potential privacy implications of the remote vehicles. Lindsay France speaks to RT’s Meghan Lopez in Los Angeles to get the full story.
Published on Jun 2, 2014
Local governments often quash attempts by citizens to live off-the-grid. Those who generate their own power, grow their food and attempt to live sustainably can face fines and other penalties for unhooking from municipal services. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday new coal regulations meant to cut back on the nation’s carbon footprint, yet local governments penalize individuals who attempt the same thing. RT’s Lindsay France discusses these issues with self-sufficiency expert Lori Caraballo.
Published on May 9, 2014
The Obama administration is facing increasing pressure from Congress over its handling of the crisis in Ukraine. Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testified in front of Senate and House committees this week, facing tough questions about the Maidan violence and the effectiveness of sanctions. RT’s Lindsay France has a wrap-up of the two hearings.
Published on May 7, 2014
The military’s newest drone is a hybrid “heli-truck.” Called the Black Knight Transformer, the drone is capable of carrying more than 4,000 pounds in payload, is able to travel over land on truck wheels, and comes with an attachable boat hull. RT’s Lindsay France takes a look at the new vehicle.
Published on May 5, 2014
Major tech companies are implementing a policy alerting users when the government requests access to their data. Companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft came under fire after last year’s revelations regarding the National Security Agency and the extent of the government’s access to users’ personal data. The Obama administration is also considering changes to the rules governing warrantless access to consumers’ information. RT’s Lindsay France has more details on these privacy changes.
Published on May 1, 2014
Immigrants gathered in front of the US Capitol as part of a May Day “Stop the Deportations” rally. Some documented and some undocumented, the protesters hope that their voices will be heard before the August congressional recess, after which members of Congress will turn their attention to mid-term elections. While immigration reform has been pushed by President Barack Obama, Congress has blocked most attempts to change the system. For some families, that means whether they will be able to stay with their loved ones is in question. RT’s Lindsay France reports from the Capitol and speaks to some of the immigrants rallying for change.