Jack Kerouac's On The Road. Page 137.
The American police are involved in psychological warfare against those Americans who don't frighten them with imposing papers and threats. It's a Victorian police force; it peers out of musty windows and wants to inquire about everything, and can make crimes if the crimes don't exist to its satisfaction.It's disheartening that this is even more true now than it was fifty years ago. It's hardly considered out of the ordinary to keep video and audio surveillance in a vehicle, for use in the event of a run-in with the so-called law.