RT America -- January 30, 2015
The Los Angeles Times is squaring off with the Pentagon, suing the Department of Defense for trying to hinder its reporting on a non-functioning $40 billion missile defense system. Journalists at the organization have long followed the program that is plagued with failures, and are now claiming the government is stonewalling them when it comes to information on massive bonuses paid to contractors who have yet to make the system operational. RT’s Lindsay France reporters from Los Angeles, and Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) offers analysis from Washington.
A new counterterrorism unit in the New York City Police Department will also be used for crowd control during protests, according to its creator, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Although the city’s top law enforcement official is selling his plans for the militarized force as a way to restore relations between law enforcement and community members, activists who participated in this fall’s anti-police brutality protests are slamming the plan as ludicrous. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.