California governor vetoes bill requiring warrants for police drones

Reuters / Mike Segar

Reuters / Mike Segar

Despite widely clearing both the state’s Senate and Assembly, California Governor Jerry Brown shot down a bill on Sunday that would have imposed restrictions on when law enforcement agencies can use drones for surveillance.

Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement over the weekend that he was vetoing the drone accountability act that, had it been signed into law, would require police agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned vehicle, or drone, for aerial surveillance.

“There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate. The bill’s exceptions, however, appear to be too narrowand could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the Fourth Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution,” Brown said on Sunday.

One of the bill’s authors, Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, said in a tweet on Sunday that “The era of govt. surveillance continues” after the governor’s veto was announced.

As RT reported previously, the California State Senate voted 25-8 last month in …read more

The U.S. Government Is Borrowing About 8 Trillion Dollars A Year

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I know that headline sounds completely outrageous.  But it is actually true.  The U.S. government is borrowing about 8 trillion dollars a year, and you are about to see the hard numbers that prove this.  When discussing the national debt, most people tend to only focus on the amount that it increases each 12 months.  And as I wrote about recently, the U.S. national debt has increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal year 2014.  But that does not count the huge amounts of U.S. Treasury securities that the federal government must redeem each year.  When these debt instruments hit their maturity date, the U.S. government must pay them off.  This is done by borrowing more money to pay off the previous debts.  In fiscal year 2013, redemptions of U.S. Treasury securities totaled $7,546,726,000,000 and new debt totaling $8,323,949,000,000 was issued.  The final numbers for fiscal year 2014 are likely to be significantly higher than that.

So why does so much government debt come due each year?

Well, in recent years government officials figured out that they could save a lot of money on interest payments by borrowing over shorter time frames.  For example, it costs the government far more …read more

A Man With A Gun Stopped The Oklahoma Beheader From Murdering Another Woman

Alton Alexander Nolen - Photo from Facebook

Anti-gun liberals of the world please take note – it was a man with a gun that stopped the Oklahoma beheader from beheading another woman.  If a man with a gun had not been there and had not shot 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen, he would have finished his attack on his second female victim.  And after that, Nolen would have probably kept beheading people for as long as he could before the authorities arrived.  Of course this detail has been greatly played down by the reports in the mainstream media.  They never want to say anything good about men with guns.  But I’ll bet 43-year-old Traci Johnson sure is thankful that there was a man with a gun there to prevent her from losing her head.

The hero in this situation was an Oklahoma County reserve deputy named Mark Vaughan.  But because he was a man with a gun, he is getting very little attention from the big news networks.  The following is from a local news report that described what happened when Nolen went after his second victim…

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark …read more