"Well, there’s been a longstanding shift in North America and Europe towards paramilitarized policing, using helicopter-style systems, using infrared sensing, using really, really heavy militarized weaponry. That’s been longstanding, fueled by the war on drugs and other sort of explicit campaigns. But more recently, there’s been a big push since the end of the Cold War by the big defense and security and IT companies to sell things like video surveillance systems, things like geographic mapping systems, and even more recently, drone systems, that have been used in the assassination raids in Afghanistan and in Pakistan and elsewhere, as sort of a domestic policing technology. It’s basically a really big, booming market, particularly in a world where surveillance and security is being integrated into buildings, into cities, into transport systems, on the back of the war on terror...." — Stephen Graham, professor of Cities and Society at Newcastle University in the U.K and author of "Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism." (emphasis added)
Read the whole interview at AlterNet
Police or Paramilitary Forces? The Militarization of American Law Enforcement
Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, and Stephen Graham
Edited transcript of Democracy Now!
More evidence that Ike was right in warning against the growing influence of the military-industrial-governmental complex as a threat to democracy.
UPDATE: America Edges to Brink of Armed Police Drones
by Michael Scott-Moore, Miller-McCune at Truthout