Lately I have been noticing I have a hard time telling whether it is the left or the right criticizing the Brave New World Order of Militarized Policing.
The use of armored military vehicles and armored up robocops seems to rub most people the wrong way. How did we get from the friendly neighborhood cops who used to protect and serve us to a police force that seems intent upon doing neither but rather intent on depriving people of their basic constitutional rights including the right to bear arms and freedom from self-incrimination and warrantless searches.
We sell knives. Texas law is specific about blade length. (5.5 inches) Five and a half inches is not the width of the palms of most peoples hands unless they are people with hands large enough to palm a basketball.
Hardly a week goes by without someone telling us about how some police officer confiscated (stole) a rather expensive knife with a three to four inch blade because the blade length was longer than the width of their palm. Confiscation of personal property without due process is theft.
By John W. Whitehead
January 13, 2015
“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” ― Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means
If 2014 was the year of militarized police, armored tanks, and stop-and-frisk searches, 2015 may well be the year of technologized police, surveillance blimps and scan-and-frisk searches.
Just as we witnessed neighborhood cops being transformed into soldier cops, we’re about to see them shapeshift once again, this time into robocops, complete with robotic exoskeletons, super-vision contact lenses, computer-linked visors, and mind-reading helmets.
Similarly, just as military equipment created for the battlefield has been deployed on American soil against American citizens, we’re about to see military technology employed here at home in a manner sure to annihilate what’s left of our privacy and Fourth Amendment rights.
For instance, with the flick of a switch (and often without your even being aware of the interference), police can now shut down your cell phone, scan your body for “suspicious” items as you walk down the street, test the air in your car for alcohol vapors as you drive down the street, identify you at a glance and run a background check on you for outstanding warrants, piggyback on your surveillance devices to listen in on your conversations and “see” what you see on your private cameras, and track your car’s movements via a GPS-enabled dart.
That doesn’t even begin to scrape the surface of what’s coming down the pike, with law enforcement and military agencies boasting technologies so advanced as to render everything up until now mere child’s play.
Once these technologies, which used to belong exclusively to the realm of futuristic sci-fi films, have been unleashed on an unsuspecting American public, it will completely change the face of American policing and, in the process, transform the landscape of what we used to call our freedoms.
It doesn’t even matter that these technologies can be put to beneficial uses. As we’ve learned the hard way, once the government gets involved, it’s only a matter of time before the harm outweighs the benefits.
Imagine, if you will, self-guided “smart” bullets that can track their target as it moves, solar-powered airships that provide persistent wide-area surveillance and tracking of ground “targets,” a grenade launcher that can deliver 14 flash-bang grenade rounds, invisible tanks that can blend into their surroundings and masquerade as a snow bank or a soccer mom’s station wagon, and a guided mortar weapon that can target someone up to 12 miles away.