Drones

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jan 27, 2015
Leah Millis / San Francisco Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. // SF Gate

"If it seems that San Franciscans are getting more entitled and self-absorbed, a series of psychology studies performed at UC Berkeley indicates there could be a scientific reason: the city’s increasing wealth.

Courtesy of TurnstyleNews.com

We talk about the dangers of technology here from time to time, and have done some on the U.S. government’s use of military drones.

Here’s the mother of all drone reporting, from NBC News’ Michael Isikoff:

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has publicly stated that the drones he wants to buy and deploy in the East Bay would be used primarily for emergency and disaster response. However, internal sheriff's office documents show that Ahern's staffers also envision using drones for traditional police work, including "intelligence gathering" and "crowd control" during large demonstrations.

The word drone may conjure up images of remote-controlled planes firing missiles and killing terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But in the US, police departments are seeking the same technology to save lives.

Alameda County’s sheriff has expressed interest in adding the unmanned aerial system to his public safety arsenal, but civil liberty activists are blasting the idea as a further erosion of privacy and an abuse of power.

 

  

The Obama Administration’s expanded use of drones in countries like Pakistan,Yemen, and Somalia has drawn international criticism – but it’s also more popular with Americans than other ways of waging war. What are the legal, moral, and strategic implications of using drones to kill your enemies? Is it time to change the drone assassination program?Or end it?  It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.

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Today's Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Jun 8, 2012
[Protesters denouncing Shafiq in Talaat Harb Street. Image by Hossam El-Hamalawy.]

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of protests in Egypt following the outcome of the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak. We’ll also talk about the Wisconsin recall election results, and the U.S. drone attacks. We’ll be joined by Harper’s Scott Horton, The Nation’s John Nichols and freelance journalist Ahmad Shokr joins us from Cairo. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org.