RT America -- June 2, 2014
The National Security Agency is collecting millions of images via social media and private communications to use in a facial recognition system, according to new leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Saturday, journalists James Risen and Laura Poitras published an article in The New York Times detailing an increasingly complex facial recognition system used by the spy agency. Also included in the documents are mentions of plans to use iris scans to compliment the program. Discussing these latest NSA revelations with RT's Lindsay France is John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.
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.