$26.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Fri Nov 22 2013 (Updated 11/23/13)Oakland’s Vendor Pool to Complete the DAC Is Filled with Nuclear Weapons Contractors
Fri Nov 22 2013 (Updated 11/23/13)Council Votes to Continue with Surveillance System Despite Opposition & Contractor Issues
In March of 2013, the city of Oakland signed a contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for design and construction of the first of two phases of a city-wide surveillance system called the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC. The basic infrastructure to link up cameras and sensors with servers running powerful software, hosted in several command rooms at the Port and in the city’s Emergency Operations Center, is now mostly complete. Oakland’s DAC surveillance system is not yet fully up and running, however, until Phase 2 work is completed. In July of 2013, against an outpouring of public protest against building the spy center, the Oakland city council unanimously approved a contract modification for SAIC to complete Phase 2.
Since then, the Oakland city council learned that its prime contractor for the project is involved in the U.S. nuclear weapons program, a fact that violates Measure T, a city voter proposition that makes Oakland a nuclear free zone. Oakland paused work on the project, and in October the city council authorized its administration to drop SAIC and return to the original pool of vendors who responded to the city’s first request for proposals issued a year ago. It appears, however, that SAIC’s ties to nuclear weapons aren’t unusual inside the industry that sells mass surveillance systems. Many of the contractors that specialize in building giant surveillance systems like the DAC also have nuclear weapons and other arms manufacturing contracts with the Pentagon.
Despite a second outpouring of public comment against the DAC at the November 19 Oakland City Council meeting, as well as the ongoing controversy with contractors, council members voted 6-1 to continue with the city-wide surveillance project, with councilmember Lynette McElhaney casting the lone "no" vote. At about 1am, as chants of "shame, shame, shame" rang out when votes were tallied, Oakland police were ordered to clear members of the public from the council's chamber.
Read Full Article by Darwin BondGraham
See Also: CAMOVER: Attack the Surveillance State || From Berlin to Greece to Santa Cruz to the Puget Sound, Camover Actions Coming to Oakland? || Urban Shield, SWAT, and the Domain Awareness Center
Previous Related Indybay Feature: Oakland Surveillance Center Approved in City Vote Amid Debate on Privacy & Data Collection
Support AB 1506 to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. (3 comments) Friday Feb 24th 6:06 AM
BA Air Quality Management District Employees Fired For Exposing Destruction of Records Thursday Feb 23rd 2:15 AM
Housing authorities need more resources to administer Housing Choice Voucher Program Tuesday Feb 21st 1:23 AM
Pack the Courthouse for Yuvette Henderson Sunday Feb 19th 2:44 PM
Statement on OPD shooting of white supremacist terror suspect Jesse Enjaian (1 comment) Saturday Feb 18th 8:48 PM
Proposed budget cuts threaten millions of HUD subsidized low-income renters (2 comments) Saturday Feb 18th 7:14 PM
Another victory for Richmond rent control against the California Apartment Association Wednesday Feb 15th 11:55 PM
A Public Bank for Oakland: An Idea Whose Time is Coming. Monday Feb 13th 10:52 AM
Ungovernables vs Milo Thursday Feb 9th 12:44 PM
GOP leader threatens Berkeley protesters for protesting at Cal Berkeley (3 comments) Wednesday Feb 8th 9:45 PMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Milo Yiannopoulos' false narratives and liberals cherry picking the left. Sunday Feb 5th 7:14 AM
Should someone 5150 Trump for being a threat to himself and everyone else? (1 comment) Saturday Jan 14th 8:19 PM
Mumia Wins Federal Court Victory On Hep-C Treatment! Thursday Jan 5th 8:22 PM
Trump accuses millions of voting illegally this past election (2 comments) Monday Nov 28th 6:15 PM
As Protests Gain Momentum In Bay Area, Trump Campaign Is Scrubbing His Website Thursday Nov 10th 9:29 PM
This Week in Palestine, November 4th, 2016 Friday Nov 4th 5:42 PM
Bullied Wells Fargo Workers, Corruption & OSHA Cover-up (1 comment) Wednesday Oct 5th 1:24 PM
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wednesday Aug 31st 8:28 PM
This Week in Palestine, July 29th, 2016 Friday Jul 29th 9:58 PM
Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, US Labor & Zionism (3 comments) Wednesday Jul 27th 10:56 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
State Secrets Sibel v. Jan; Rape case gauntlet thrown...2-21-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 21st 3:32 PM
Death Squads R US...Flynn 2012 DIA Intel...2-14-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 14th 3:25 PM
SEIU 1021 OPD Steward union steward Belinda Calvin-Adlao Blew The Whistle On Oakland Cops Saturday Feb 11th 8:39 AM
DeVos, Ed Privatization, Vouchers, Charters, Union Busting & the Church With Kathy Carroll Wednesday Feb 8th 8:03 PM
US of A holes (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 7th 12:47 PM
KPFA "Upfront" & Cat Brooks Pushes Billionaire Charter Funded Privatizers Shill Ryan Smith Thursday Feb 2nd 11:13 AM
Milo Yiannopoulos event canceled after violence erupts Thursday Feb 2nd 8:13 AM
US Kills Dream King...1-31-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 31st 12:58 PM
Work Week On ILWU10 & UAW2865 Trump Inaguration Walkout And Ed Unions, Charters and DeVos Wednesday Jan 25th 1:05 PM
Freedom Killers R US...1-24-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 24th 2:47 PMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]