Homeland Security Surveillance Comes Corporate Outsourced to Oakland

Update regarding who has the contract to enact the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Surveillance project and how to get more up-to-date information from citizens who are watching these proceedings and oppose violations of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution. Full additions for this update are placed at the bottom of the content of the first published article, except for this notice: According to a reliable friend, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), had to be removed from the Domain Awareness Center surveillance project because it turned out that they did not meet the requirements of Measure T. On December 6, 1988, the city council enacted Ordinance No. 11062 C.M.S., the Nuclear Free Zone Act. This act prohibits the city from doing business with any contractors, companies and consulting firms who knowingly engage in nuclear weapons work. My source cites this link: http://oaklandwiki.org/Schneider_Electric

One of the many disturbing things about the Edward Snowden revelations of the all-sweeping depth and breadth of post 9/11 spying on Americans that caused him to blow the whistle and flee the country was the fact that the massive NSA spying was outsourced to a corporation called Booz Allen Associates. Booz Allen has long been suspected of being a CIA front or having ties that bind it to that and other secretive agencies. 

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Another disturbing thing about the Snowden revelations was that US Senator Diane Feinstein D-CA had made a secret deal to keep that level of violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution a secret from the public until 2038! Click the Feinstein photo to read about that!

See also the recent BERKELEY CALLING blog on the recent Berkeley gathering to defend the Bill of Rights here: BERKELEY CALLING BLOG 1-27-14 Berkeley Gathering Calls for Defense of the Bill of Rights – Now has link to watch the entire forum! Links to Fight Back! 

Residents of Oakland oppose mammoth new spy center and Homeland Security money for outsourced corporation SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)

Residents of Oakland oppose mammoth new spy center and Homeland Security money for outsourced corporation SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)

Now we hear of something called the “Domain Awareness Center” coming to Oakland. Another corporation calling itself SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) has come to Oakland awash in Homeland Security money to set up a huge Surveillance Center. This may be a corporation that you have never heard about, and it seems like they would prefer to keep everything about themselves secret while trying to probe everything about every citizen and non-citizen on the planet. For more on SAIC, read chapter 15 “Duane Andrews & SAIC” in Kevin Ryan’s new book, “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. They benefited enormously after 9/11 and yet they were in a unique position to stop those very terrorist attacks, according to author Kevin Ryan who says that they should be investigated as “suspects”. I will post a review of his book very soon, as I am now on the last chapter. It is a fascinating, well-documented, and disturbing book! http://www.another19.com/index.html

Light Brigades are springing up around the country to do night time protests. In Oakland they gathered at City Hall to oppose the new Domain Awareness Center proposed by the post 9/11 created US federal agency called Homeland Security

Light Brigades are springing up around the country to do night time protests. In Oakland they gathered at City Hall to oppose the new Domain Awareness Center proposed by the post 9/11 created US federal agency called Homeland Security

An Oakland Wiki Site was created to discuss issues and interesting things about Oakland. One major topic under discussion is the proposed “Domain Awareness Center” being created by Mayor Quan, who says she “cannot say no” to Homeland Security. What does that mean? Local research into the Surveillance Programs that the Feds are pushing on cities like Oakland reveals a vast sum of money being spent on this control system for spying on citizens at a time when social programs are being cut and demonstrations are picking up in regularity. This is all part and parcel of moving the police state forward under cover of a Black, supposedly “liberal” “progressive” puppet face President. “The Domain Awareness Center (DAC) is a surveillance hub, currently being built, which aims to integrate public and private cameras and sensors all over the City of Oakland into one $10.9M mass surveillance system. Needless to say, this issue is highly controversial, and not only here in Oakland: many US cities, and other cities worldwide, are watching closely to see how Oakland’s example will play out. On July 30th, 2013 Oakland’s City Council unanimously approved a $2M grant for Phase 2 of the DAC, which will be funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and implemented by the military contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Oakland citizen activist Mindy Stone shows her opposition to Homeland Security private outsourcing of creating a spying hub in Oakland by SAIC, a company that has made billions in contracts since the crimes of 9/11

Oakland citizen activist Mindy Stone shows her opposition to Homeland Security private outsourcing of creating a spying hub in Oakland by SAIC, a company that has made billions in contracts since the crimes of 9/11

For more on SAIC, read chapter 15 “Duane Andrews & SAIC” in Kevin Ryan‘s new book, “Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects”. Numerous videos of the DAC Homeland Security program being discussed at Oakland City Council meetings are posted at this site. After that you will need a little radical humor and maybe a song to inspire you to fight back! Fortunately, Berkeley has just what the doctor ordered. We have Twit Wit Radio and I have a song called “Full Spectrum Dominance”.

Twit Wit Radio 2-23-14 KPFA Berkeley, CA – Weekly comedy laughing at the dark side… Seriously clever playfulness, and Berkeley Kid always shines… Part quiz show, part Berkeley free speech protest, part exposé of “deep politics” from the “military coup of 1963” to Democratic party Mayor Quan of Oakland’s cooperation with Federal agencies to create police state, particularly the surveillance of the city in the “domain awareness program”…Excellent musicians rendering popular tunes into thought provoking parodies… “After Disaster” and “Oakland’s on the Rise” are two of my favorites! Always a show that you can listen to more than once to catch what may have gone by too fast the first time. Enjoy!

Full Spectrum Dominance” is a free song at SoundCloud! Please use it now in defense of the 4th Amendment! You are not likely to hear this on your local radio station, even if it calls itself “progressive” or “alternative”. It’s up to you to get this song heard! The term “full spectrum dominance” by the United States was used in papers written by the Project for the New American Century, the neo-con think tank that so many G. W. Bush war profiteer appointees came from. By this terminology they clearly mean to control everything on land, air, sea, media, space, and cyberspace! Hence, surveillance and information analysis and application is a big part of that plan, a plan that the Democratic Party Obama regime has been exposed by Edward Snowden on the implementation of the TIP (“Total Information Project”) style privacy intrusions and 4th Amendment violations.

Defend the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Chapter 15 presents the case for investigating SAIC and Duane Andrews, who considers Dick Cheney his hero, as legitimate suspects for the crimes of 9/11/01

Truth Troubadour Blog “Guns & Butter Radio Show Presents A Series of Kevin Ryan Interviews with Bonnie Faulkner on KPFA Pacifica about his new book “ANOTHER NINETEEN: INVESTIGATING LEGITIMATE 9/11 SUSPECTS” (TT Blog #36 on 8-29-13). Listen for free in the KPFA or NoLiesRadioOrg archives! 

Full Update 2-25-14 Learning more about the proposed Oakland Domain Awareness Center Surveillance Center: According to a reliable friend, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), had to be removed from the Domain Awareness Center surveillance project because it turned out that they did not meet the requirements of Measure T passed in 1988 to ban city contracts with all who engage in nuclear war industry.

http://oaklandwiki.org/Schneider_Electric

History of Measure T: http://oaklandwiki.org/Measure_T

In 1988, voters adopted Measure T which declared Oakland a Nuclear Free Zone. The measure passed with 57% of the vote.2 On December 6, 1988, the city council enacted Ordinance No. 11062 C.M.S., the Nuclear Free Zone Act. This act prohibits the city from doing business with any contractors, companies and consulting firms who knowingly engage in nuclear weapons work.

Firms must fill out a Nuclear Free Disclosure form (Form-S). If they don’t fill it out, they’re considered a nuclear weapon maker and restricted from having a contract with Oakland. (see the Disclosure Form for more details.)

Measure T also “requires 45 days notice of any transport of nuclear weapons or hazardous nuclear materials on city streets or waterways as well as a public hearing to determine the safest routes.” Further, the city has to divest from any companies which manufacture nuclear weapons. No nuclear materials can be used within the city limits.1

The federal government sued Oakland over Measure T. (See: United States v. City of Oakland, 958 F.2d 300 (9th Cir. 1992)). The suit invalidated Measure T on the grounds that the Federal Government has constitutional authority over national defense and atomic energy, and Oakland is a major port and has freeways and train lines running through it. In 1992, the Oakland City Council reaffirmed Measure T “to the extend legally possible” in Ordinance 11478. ordinance 11478.pdf

In 2013, the contractor chosen to implement Phase II of the controversial Domain Awareness Center was found to be in violation of Measure T.

The Oakland Privacy Working Group is a grassroots community organization that works on privacy and anti-surveillance efforts here in Oakland. The group grew out of an Occupy Oakland privacy working group, but is now basically its own thing. It ramped up activities after the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) first came to public attention in summer 2013 and is now working primarily on stopping the center from being implemented.

https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com

All the Potential Contractors for Oakland’s Controversial Surveillance Center Have Ties to Nuclear Weapons – East Bay Express by Darwin Bond Graham 11-19-13 

“After hearing concerns from privacy advocates, the City Council late last year cut ties with the firm it picked to build the center, Science Applications International Corp. (since renamed Leidos Holdings). Opponents had noted that contracting with the firm violated a city prohibition on doing business with companies that are connected to nuclear weapons makers. They also noted that the firm had paid a $500 million penalty in connection with a scandal-plagued project in New York City. In the city report recommending Schneider Electric Inc., a multinational industrial equipment firm, staffers detailed the firm’s recent litigation history and confirmed that it was not involved in nuclear weapons. Schneider got the recommendation over Motorola Solutions, Inc and G4S Technology LLC.” 

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Berkeley Art House: Rovics-Drooker Concert for Tristan Anderson

Berkeley Art House Hosted a David Rovics – Eric Drooker Concert for Tristan Anderson

Click here to see Justice for Tristan on Facebook for Updates. There is a rally scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland from 4-7 pm: 4 pm Free Feast!; 5 pm Speakers; 6 pm 5th Anniversary March in Solidarity with Tristan Anderson & Palestine! Oscar Grant Plaza is a a 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) public space formerly known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and it was the home of Occupy Oakland. It is located where San Pablo Avenue converges with Broadway and 14th Street. Justice4Tristan@gmail.com 

Berkeley’s Art House, formally known as “Art House Gallery & Cultural Center” is an institutional gem of an asset for Berkeley. It was founded by Harold Adler, who is well-known for his photography. Although the Art House Gallery seems to be situated in a very commercial area at 2905 Shattuck Ave, the city has lately required that the sound system be cut off at 8 pm. So the concerts of yesteryear with full bands amplified are no longer held in the evening. Singers just have to project as loud as they can in the room that seems capable of seating 30-50 people by my guess. Audiences there tend to be quiet and attentive during the performances anyway. Upcoming shows listed at the Art House Gallery website show Poetry Unbounded #10 set for Sunday March 2 from 5-8 pm with Joan Gelfand,  David Shadduck, and Todd TemkinRon Thompson is scheduled for a concert on Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm. You can follow or subscribe at http://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com

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The event held yesterday, Sunday, Feb 23, was a benefit for activist Tristan Anderson that featured David Rovics and Eric Drooker, who also happen to be old friends from New York. Tristan delivered a short slide show about his Central American travels that predated his injury in Palestine by an Israeli soldier firing a tear gas grenade into his skull. It is easy to overlook that Tristan was a long-time rights activist before he became more widely known as a result of his injuries in Palestine. He is partially paralyzed now. He sat in a wheel-chair in his hoodie. Nonetheless, his recovery was described as “miraculous considering the extent of his injuries”, according to his stalwart friend Ayre. A law suit is proceeding, and it was mentioned that, so far, they have been unsuccessful in discovering which Israeli troop fired the shot at Tristan’s head. It happened after a demonstration was well finished and was therefore considered quite intentional, stated Ayre. There is an ongoing civil case against the State of Israel and they need funds to push that forward.

David Rovics with his daughter Leila and pet rabbit having a chat with Tristan Anderson after the concert at Art House 2-23-14

David Rovics with his daughter Leila and pet rabbit having a chat with Tristan Anderson after the concert at Art House 2-23-14

David Rovics gave a stellar performance of original topical songs. He is the closest artist to a Broadside Balladeer like Phil Ochs that I can think of today in that he is incredibly prolific on a broad swath of controversial subjects and not afraid to take them on. The songs he performed at Art House included a couple of songs shouted out to him by his little daughter Leila who is traveling with him on this California road trip. She wanted to hear the song about the famous Greek protest dog, “Riot Dog”. There’s an article in David’s “Songwriter’s Blog” titled “Travels With Leila” that shows the fatherly role that David enjoys.  In “Prism”, the name of a surveillance program of the NSA, he says, “I looked into a prism and what did I see? I saw a police state looking back at me.”    

Eric Drooker and Harold Adler enjoy talking after the concert

Eric Drooker and Harold Adler enjoy talking after the concert

Eric Drooker combined singing, banjo playing and occasionally harmonica, to accompaniment of a highly captivating slide show of scenes from his own art, which reminded me of the old wood prints. He is known for getting his art on the New Yorker magazine while also contributing art to various causes, such as Occupy Oakland and the cover of David Rovic’s latest CD. Find out more about the amazingly multi-talented Eric Drooker and see the prints that has to sell right here: http://www.drooker.com

 Drooker played one set between two by David Rovics and after Tristan’s slide show. Food was provided by Food Not Bombs. See http://www.foodnotbombs.net

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement with Palestine speaking at Art House on 2-23-14 in Berkeley

Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement with Palestine speaking at Art House on 2-23-14 in Berkeley

Paul Larudee, a veteran of the Gaza Flotilla attempts to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip, and many other actions with the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, spoke briefly about the continuing human rights violations and terrible conditions in Palestine under occupation. You can read his blog here: http://www.palestinefreedom.org/speakers/paul-larudee

“Spies Are Reading My Blog” comes from his real life experience in trying to play a gig in New Zealand and being prevented from entering. Someone obviously does not like what he is singing about. “Everything Can Change” was a fitting last song. David may sing about some depressing troubles, but he is not singing for any reason other than to inspire people to participate in meaningful social change aimed at peace through justice. You can follow David Rovics by subscribing to his mailing list at his web site. http://davidrovics.com

Photo display by Harold Adler of his 2005 travels in Nicaragua

Photo display by Harold Adler of his 2005 travels in Nicaragua

Harold Adler told me about his travels in Nicaragua in 2005 when I asked him about the photo display on the inside side wall of Art House. He found it very depressing, but inspiring to see how people struggle in the most adverse conditions.

Support Berkeley Art House Gallery & Cultural Center by checking out the schedule and by subscribing to the mailing list: http://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com

There was also a conversation that I had with some Oakland activists that will motivate me to post a short blog next about something they called the Oakland wiki on  “Domain Awareness Center”. Very disturbing indeed! The post about the new Homeland Security funded corporate outsourced surveillance program coming to Oakland is now posted here in BERKELEY CALLING.