FROM Richard Biehl
Police, Planes, Videotapes and the Constitution Law enforcement agencies around the country are experimenting with technologies developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These high-tech video recording can track whatever moves in an American city for hours at a time. One of the, called "wide-area surveillance" is like Google Earth with a rewind button: a kind of time machine, allowing police to review a crime and also track what happened before and after. It and other new technologies, including facial recognition, might even lead to stopping crimes in progress. But they're way ahead of the law. Will they increase public safety at the price of eliminating privacy in public places?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?