Research and development in newer and better technological aids and techniques for law enforcement is desirable to cope with the increased mobility of the criminal, but caution and adequate safeguards are needed to ensure that technology is not misused to create an oppressive police state. Probably the greatest long-range danger is the excessive accumulation of police power by mere access to information. Tight restrictions should also be placed upon the development of new equipment and its distribution. Above all, institutional safeguards are needed to insure that haste is not confused with progress.
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