Rick Smith, whose inventions changed the way millions of people understand modern policing, now wants to send them to war.
Smith invented the Taser, the stun gun that is often the first thing police officers reach for when things get tense. As public concern mounted that cops were maybe a bit too eager to tase people, Smith invented the police-worn body camera, which has become a staple of U.S. police departments and plays a starring role in our national conversation about police reform.
So what’s next? Smith says AI and robotics will dramatically change how police departments do what they do. They could also reshape the American way of war.
Smith’s company, Axon, is already using machine learning on body camera footage. The company has access to huge amounts of body-camera video because police departments pay Axon to host it on Microsoft Azure. “Basically every big department you can think of, NYPD, LA, Chicago, D.C., we host all their data in the cloud for them,” Smith said during the recent AUSA conference in Washington, D.C.
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Liberal critics have been quick to celebrate the “teamwork” of the US Capitol Police and multiple other law enforcement agencies, shown prepping for the Justice for J6 rally in Washington, DC en masse.
Ahead of Saturday’s rally – which reports have claimed could bring in as many as 700 Donald Trump supporters – the US Capitol Police Twitter account posted an image of hundreds of officers from multiple law enforcement agencies standing, ready to take orders from a Capitol police officer with a bullhorn.
“Teamwork,” the tweet read. National Guard soldiers are also on standby in case they are needed. Most officers called in for Saturday’s events are equipped with batons and safety vests.
While numerous conservative pundits have dismissed the rally and its potential fallout, liberal critics have been celebrating the massive police preparation for the event, tying it to the January 6 Capitol riot that led to multiple deaths, including a protester shot by an officer.
“Kid gloves off today,” one Twitter user wrote in response to the photo of the waiting law enforcement officers.
“Deal with them accordingly,” another cryptically added.
Biden’s authoritarian regime is expanding its power at an alarming rate in the aftermath of the January 6th protest.
Last week, after Nancy Pelosi announced that they would be opening ‘state-police’ offices in key regions across the country, the Capitol Hill Police are now being reclassified as “an intelligence-based protective agency.” They will be given access to high-powered US military surveillance equipment that is traditionally used to monitor enemy forces in war zones.
On July 2nd, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin granted the use of 8 ‘Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground – Medium (PSSG-M) units’ to the federal police force. The equipment will be added to the current security infrastructure and be used to help assist “steady-state” missions and monitor US civilian actions to “identify emerging threats.”
The technology was frequently used in Afghanistan and Iraq to gather intelligence on enemies in hostile regions. Now it is being used to spy on and create intelligence profiles of American citizens.
The army will install the units and train USCP officers on how to use them.
Recently, the Biden Administration announced the establishment of what is essentially a pre-crime surveillance program. This program comes as no surprise to those of us with any concern for our civil rights as we saw this coming a thousand miles away.
Of course, the program will combat “violent domestic extremism” and “violent white supremacy.” (Because all those years of blaming Muslims was just to get silly white people to give up their rights so the surveillance and police state could be turned back on them.)
Who is running this pre-crime surveillance program?
The new office of pre-crime is called the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships. (CP3) is run by the Department of Homeland Security. However, John W. Whitehead has pointed out the DHS is “notorious for:
- militarizing the police and SWAT teams
- spying on activists
- dissidents and veterans
- stockpiling ammunition
- distributing license plate readers
- contracting to build detention camps
- tracking cell phones with Stingray devices
- carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities
- using the TSA as an advance guard
- conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners
- carrying out soft target checkpoints
- directing government workers to spy on Americans
- conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers
- carrying out Constitution-free border control searches
- funding city-wide surveillance cameras
- utilizing drones and other spybots
Sounds very “Minority Report,” right?