Category: U.S. News

Local and National News Regarding the Issues Facing America.

Senate Defense Bill Aims to Scrub Cyber Adversaries from U.S. Military Tech

Joseph Marks | DefenseOne | Source URL The bill would require companies to disclose if they’d shared source code with foreign governments. Companies that sell equipment and services to the U.S.military will be forced to disclose business ties that allow foreign governments to access their sensitive data, such as software source code, […]

Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

CNBC | Source URL International travelers could find themselves in the near future talking to a lie-detecting kiosk when they’re going through customs at an airport or border crossing. The same technology could be used to provide initial screening of refugees and asylum seekers at busy border crossings. The U.S. […]

Senate bill would expand federal counter-drone powers, including at local ‘mass gatherings’

Michael Laris | The Washington Post | Source URL A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Monday that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security powers to act against drones deemed a threat, including those at large gatherings in local communities, if federal authorities are invited by […]

Controversial nominee Gina Haspel confirmed as first female CIA director

CNN | Source URL Washington (CNN)Gina Haspel was confirmed Thursday to be the first female director of the CIA with the help of votes from a half-dozen Senate Democrats. Haspel was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, the culmination of a roller-coaster nomination that appeared to be in danger at several points after she was […]

Secret FBI Program Now Jailing Activists for Speaking Out Against Police Brutality on Facebook

Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Dallas, TX – When militarized FBI agents clad in tactical gear raided the home of Rakem Balogun in December 2017—forcing him and his 15-year-old son outside in their underwear on the cold and windy night as agents ransacked his residence—he thought […]

West Sacramento Launching Controversial Program Watching Public’s Social Media Posts

CBS13 Sacramento | Source URL WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — West Sacramento is the first city to launch a controversial new program that watches what people post about it online. The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. It’s also creating privacy […]

Supreme Court to Rule on Your First Amendment Right to Silence

Robert Sedler | The Conversation | Source URL New Hampshire’s state motto “Live free or die” is, for many residents, a stirring evocation of the independent spirit of colonial America. But not all New Hampshirites agree with this well-known slogan that is emblazoned on the state’s license plates. In 1975, George […]

High-tech Vegas: Is your hotel room smarter than you?

Spud Hilton | SF Chronicle | Source URL Stepping up to the machine, 11-year-old Jadyn Morin jabbed her index finger at the touch-screen, paused, then sliced a debit card through the reader. The machine whirred and beeped for a moment, then the door slid open with a clunk, and a […]

Police facial recognition smartphones will be used to create secret watchlists

Mass Private I A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement. The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone. “It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition […]