RT News - December 17

Privacy advocates blast surveillance laws hidden in spending bill
A new version of the “omnibus” federal government funding bill includes a version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, outraging privacy advocates. Long-standing critic of government overreach in surveillance, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who voted against the Senate bill speaks out, citing the Department of Homeland Security as saying the bill “could sweep away important privacy protections.” RT’s Manuel Rapalo reports.

Fashion police and other strange law proposals of 2015
One may be tempted to think that the tradition of bizarre laws is relic of the past, but just this year, a councilman of Dadeville, Alabama, proposed a ban on saggy pants and short shorts. Other absurd laws seek to send shaming letters to people who drive through known prostitution zones, and allow school teachers to use deadly force in the face of perceived threats. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.