FROM John Villasenor
There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not We've all heard about drones used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders. The private uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are currently limited to 400 feet off the ground, within sight of the operator. But a mandate from Congress , signed by the President, is about to make UAV's -- drones -- a ubiquitous presence in civilian life. What are the possible consequences for the "friendly skies?" We hear about unlimited usefulness, as well as safety and privacy.
There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not The uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also called drones, are limited only by the imagination. Think of hovering cameras the size of hummingbirds or flies. Already being used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders, by an act of Congress , signed by the President, drones will be a ubiquitous part of civilian life in America in a very short time. Drones are so cheap and so easy to make and operate that a booming new industry is already creating concerns about safety and privacy. We hear about what drones can do and ask if it's too late for the law to catch up with the technology?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?