The September 11th terrorist attacks had far reaching effects on America. After the attacks Congress gave the defense and intelligence agencies a blank check. The money flowed through the military-industrial complex and the national security complex. The military budget would triple over the next ten years, and the newly formed Department of Homeland Security’s budget grew rapidly. The money then flowed from the DHS to local law enforcement agencies, and high tech fusion centers.
According to a Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) survey, more and more local law enforcement agencies are using high tech equipment. “Predictive policing,” technologies that are designed to prevent crime before it occurs, are being used by 70 percent of agencies. These are same technologies that IMB promotes in their “Predictive Analytics” commercials. According to the survey, 90 percent of agencies intend to expand their use of predictive policing over the next five years.
Local law enforcement is watching your every move. According to the survey, 83 percent of agencies use GPS software to track suspect movements, and 81 percent of police cars in those 61 percent of agencies will within five years have technology enabling officers to monitor fixed surveillance camera feeds. Police agencies are also watching you online. Monitoring social media to identify investigative leads is practiced by 89 percent of agencies, and monitoring social media to monitor/follow up on leads or threats is used by 86 percent of them.