The War at Home: Combat-Ready Militarized Local Police
They have splurged on such MIC (military-industrial complex) items as bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment, Kevlar helmets, torture equipment, crowd suppression technology, spying devices, and have even employed predator drones to use on citizens within the US.
"A lot of this technology and the devices have been around for a long time. But as soon as they have, for instance, a law enforcement capability, that’s a game changer," says George Schulz, with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
"We believe that people should not be targeted for surveillance via drones just because they’re they are engaged in First Amendment-protected activity," says Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU. Source