The police technology revolution no one is hearing about

Two men walk by a table as police test body scanning equipment.
Port Authority police officers test new scanning technology to detect explosives in New York City. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Los Angeles will be implementing body scanning technology to its mass transit systems, the New York Times reported this week, becoming the first city to do so.

Why it matters: Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Axios "the technology revolution that we're seeing in other areas is definitely affecting law enforcement, and all too often these technologies are being deployed without telling — let alone asking — the affected communities."

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After assassination attempt, Maduro likely to ratchet up repression

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro delivers a speech in Caracas on August 4, 2018, shortly before a failed assasination attempt. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

On August 4, as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was giving a speech commemorating the country’s National Guard, two drones armed with explosives descended from the sky in an apparent assassination attempt. The president’s wife grabbed the arm of a nearby Supreme Court Justice as his bodyguards quickly surrounded him with bullet-proof shields and ushered him off the stage.

Where it stands: Later that night, Maduro gave a press conference denouncing the attempt on his life and blamed collusion between outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuelan opposition groups. Maduro offered no actual evidence to support this accusation, but nonetheless used it as a pretext to arrest six individuals allegedly implicated in the plot.