Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
There no only here, it's just one brick in a big shithouse.
"...or even forwards...actual crimes" DA's have bragged for decades about their ability to indict a ham sandwich.
Various less advertised provisions for "collection" and "sharing" already make broad surveillence an internal US affair. We already have internal checkpoints under various sweeps and searches of the public e.g. Immigration and Customs broadly stopping interior highway traffic without probable cause, wanting to see everybody's trunk, or illicit FEMA home searches and gun confiscations during Katerina. Another thing about police states, people inside the sphere often have a hard time to admit it, perhaps even to themselves, until close to a general breakdown, naked power displays, or open gunfire in the streets.
Some interesting history papers: