All of the lawmakers on the left who scream with their hair on fire that the police are becoming “militarized” apparently have no problem with this move.
U.S. Capitol Police will soon be using military surveillance equipment to monitor Americans as part of a larger effort to improve security and become “an intelligence-based protective agency” in the wake of the January 6 riot.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently approved a Capitol Police request for eight Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground – Medium (PSSG-M) units. The system provides high-definition surveillance video and is enabled with night vision but does not include facial recognition capabilities.
According to the Pentagon’s press release from June 2, the PSSG-M units will be integrated into the surveillance system that is already in place in D.C.
Army personnel will be installing the cameras and train USCP or “authorized contractors” to operate the systems.
Under this arrangement, the DoD will provide eight Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground – Medium (PSSG-M) units, on a reimbursable basis, for a period of one year. The Army will install the units and will train USCP personnel or authorized contractors to operate the systems. Except for required maintenance of the systems, no DoD personnel will operate the PSSG-M units.
The PSSG-M provides high-definition surveillance video, including night vision. This technology will be integrated with existing USCP camera infrastructure, providing greater high definition surveillance capacity to meet steady-state mission requirements and help identify emerging threats. The PSSG-M system does not include facial recognition.
Source: Department of Defense
Does that bother you just a wee bit?
Do you have questions about how the USCP will be using this equipment to “identify emerging threats” and precisely how they will be monitoring Americans? What about data collection and distribution and what that means for your privacy rights… are you wondering about that?
Well, it looks like the USCP isn’t going to alleviate your concerns.
The Capitol Police did not provide further details regarding how or where the surveillance equipment would be used, and didn’t provide information on whether data collected would be stored or distributed.
These latest efforts by the Capitol Police have raised some concerns relating to Americans’ privacy rights. Last month, a federal appeals court found similar surveillance technology used by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) violated the constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
A New York University School of Law independent audit of the systems used by the BPD found the technology allowed the department to track individuals for multiple days…
…A report from Roll Call last summer noted that the USCP is currently exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because it is part of the legislative branch, giving it a level of secrecy and a lack of established accountability methods that aren’t the case for other law enforcement agencies.
“Congress is not subject to the law, and the Capitol Police, as a component of the legislative branch, is also exempt from any FOIA request,” the report stated.
Source: American Military News
If you thought that calling the January 6 riot an “insurrection” was just a one-off, you’re sadly mistaken.
The Regime — comprised of most of the Democrats, some squish Republicans, the Deep State, Big Tech, and the Corporate Media — hasn’t finished using riot on January 6 as a cudgel to beat down half of the country that voted for the Bad Orange Man.
For the past six months, the Regime has been saying that the riot on January 6 was the worst thing that happened to the United States since the Civil War — according to the left, it was worse than Pearl Harbor, 9/11, the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and JFK, and every other horrid thing that happened in this country.
The BLM/1619/George Floyd riots that actually killed people, however, were “fiery, but mostly peaceful” protests.
The “autonomous zones” where first responders weren’t allowed to enter, the 100+ days of attacks on a federal courthouse in Portland, and the massive protests when Trump won in 2016 and on Inauguration Day in 2017, and the inflammatory speeches at the Womens’ March were not examples of “insurrection”, however.
We have been told over and over that the biggest threat isn’t any of that, or the rise of Antifa, or blatant antisemitism, but “white supremacy” which these leftwing nutters claim is synonymous with “conservativism.” It’s just absurd. Burgess Owens said that Democrats are “the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40 percent of our black babies, 20 million of them.” He’s right.
The police are now being used by the left to combat this alleged “threat to democracy” using military equipment against Americans.
The people cheering on the U.S. Capitol Police using cameras from the Army to monitor Americans to keep lawmakers “safe” from the threat of MAGA hat-wearing “insurrectionists” with Lego sets are the same people that said that Trump was an authoritarian.
It should be pretty clear to everyone by now that this is partisan.