… it’s also what you observe when you look at the increasing deployment of surveillance, especially through the NSA and its international copycats. The legitimacy of that evolution has been built through the prioritization of the fight against terrorism, which needs coordinated action at home and abroad.
The question is to know whether using military tactics, equipment and technology at home is actually a good idea given its track record abroad? If the US military could not bring peace to Iraq, how would US militarized policemen bring peace to their cities? And it questions the legitimacy to use military grade technology and protocols to investigate and control a normal population.
I don’t know if it will last, but I am glad that French policemen and military are still clearly wearing different uniform, equipment and methods.