If there is a political crisis, there is an opportunity. Jared Lee Loughner’s attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona certainly created a crisis. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is now ready to cash in on the opportunity. Or so their recent report entitled “Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation,” suggests. However, this will be a bit of an unusual reward for the men in blue – they score the ideological points while the surveillance industry reaps the monetary profits. . . .
it recommends preventative and preparation measures, both done in fine post 9/11 paranoid style. For prevention, the NYPD recommends the installation of surveillance cameras that cover all angles in the workplace and feed into a centralized location. This is a good example of advancing a pre-existing ideological agenda into a moment of crisis. Quite a financial boon to the surveillance camera makers and to those who wish to have every corner of New York City filmed for the purpose of total surveillance of the population . . .