RT America -- September 12, 2014

President Barack Obama will conduct airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, despite not seeking approval from Congress nor the Syrian government. While some are warning against carrying out military operations without permission from President Bashar Al-Assad, who is a potential ally in the fight against the radical jihadist group, Washington is poised to disregard the country’s borders and strike anyway. RT’s Anastasia Churkina takes a look at some of the opposition to this move.

A judge with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Thursday declassified documents showing the US government threatened to fine Yahoo! $225,000 per day over the company’s refusal to grant the National Security Agency access to user data. The papers reveal the internet giant filed legal complaints challenging the spy agency’s requests as unconstitutional, but was eventually coerced into granting access while keeping secret the government’s activities. To discuss this latest NSA revelation and its implication, RT’s Manila Chan is joined by Derek Khana, a columnist and Yale Law School Fellow.