The News with Rick Sanchez - December 05, 2018 (20:00 ET)

Drone warfare by the numbers

In the US “War on Terror,” the military’s increasing reliance on drones does far more harm than good. Combining the fascination of video games with the desire for efficient, rapid and “safe” killing, drone-strikes inspire terrorists and remove the perpetrators of war from its human cost. RT producer Michele Greenstein joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the moral problem and terrifying trajectory of drone warfare. Then former drone operator Brandon Bryant joins to offer insights gleaned from his first-hand experience.  

 ‘Big step forward’: New safety rules to improve US railroads

The Federal Railroad Administration has updated safety rules to allow lighter train cars, promising faster rides for commuters at a lower cost to operators. RT’s Caleb Maupin joins to discuss the prospects for American infrastructure to catch up with that of Europe and China.

Rethinking the search for alien life

A NASA scientist is urging people to rethink what we expect extraterrestrial aliens might look like. In a recent paper, he argued that if alien visitors aren’t carbon-based lifeforms, this could drastically impact their size or life span. They could be extremely small, or could possess advanced powers to help them evade detection by humans. RT America’s Trinity Chavez reports.