Nothing and no one, no matter what seat they occupy within the Washington political establishment will ever restrain the increasing militarization of the American police. The Obama puffery is meaningless and for the media’s sycophantic drooling alone. Nothing will really change and cameras can be damaged when needed, but can certainly serve as another method in the process of the citizenry’s loss of all privacy. The total surveillance police state will not be impeded by the current political class that serves its needs, because the surveillance state controls them. Simple, really is it not?
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday announced that he would tighten standards on the provision and use of military-style equipment by local police departments, but he stopped short of curtailing the transfer of such hardware or weapons to the local authorities.
After a review of the government’s decade-old strategy of outfitting local police forces with military equipment, the White House concluded that the vast majority of these transfers strengthen local policing, but that the government should impose consistent standards in the types of hardware it offers, better training in how to use it and more thorough oversight.