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T.W.A.T. Action Report
by Technophobic Women's Action Team
Friday Dec 6th, 2013 5:57 PM
the communique of a group of women committed to fighting gentrification and the surveillance state in Oakland, California.
In the early morning hours of December 6th, paint bombs sailed into a camera tower protecting the gentrification condos on 36th and Adeline St. in Oakland, CA. Pink paint splattered onto the instruments of surveillance, and the bandits left a cryptic tag before disappearing into the night.

As women moving through this society, we find ourselves constantly under the male gaze. Strangers evaluate our bodies everyday. Our images are taken, altered, and force-fed back to us everywhere we look. Men in government and business further invade our lives with surveillance cameras whenever we dare to move out of the domestic sphere and into public space.

As those who live in and love Oakland, we recognize the proliferation of surveillance technology as part of the gentrification machine. They make yuppies feel safe and comfortable. They make people of color, the poor, the marginalized, the subversive, feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. Our autonomy is being leeched from us. Security is terror.

As anarchists, we recognize increasing surveillance as an attempt to suppress dissent. The imminent creation of the Domain Awareness Center - a public-sponsored, privately run entity that aims to integrate all surveillance footage in Oakland - exposes the complete and total enmeshment of state and corporate interests. With the DAC, there will no longer be any "private" cameras. All images will be aggregated, and mined for information. This means that everything is fair game.

As Oakland anarchist women, we're sick of the machismo and militant posturing combined with little concrete action to back it up. We're sick of proving our competence and radicalism enacting an agenda written by anarchist men. We're sick of infighting. If we can't all work together, we can at least respect and support one another from a distance. Let our rivalries be productive. It's time to go back to basics. It's time to remember who our enemies are.

To the state we say nothing.

To all those fighting the DAC, who have seen their pleas at city hall fall on deaf ears, we issue an invitation to join us in taking the next logical step.

To all the radical women and transfolks fighting for space and respect, stop relying on men to validate you. They don't own militancy. Get with a few badass ladies and git 'er done. It's way funner. We promise.

And to all the insurrectionary dudes negating from their armchairs, we issue a challenge. Form a Camover team and come get it. We will whoop your fucking ass.

Give the State Pink Eye.

much love from the

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by .......
Sunday Dec 8th, 2013 9:52 AM
fucking great. More of this in my life please.
by MoreDeadPigs
Sunday Dec 8th, 2013 10:39 AM
Works wonders on security cameras.
by Former anti-gentrification vandal
Sunday Dec 8th, 2013 11:14 AM
It doesn't look like you've actually damaged the cameras here, or impinged on their ability to record images.

Also, as is always the case in your subculture, you are detracting from your good efforts by getting all engaged with your subculture, which does nothing and which nobody outside of that subculture cares about, than you are with the very pressing real-world issue of gentrification. You should be making a priority of communicating an anti-gentro message in the larger world around us and ignore the rubbishy circle-A-scenester scene altogether.

Having said that, you are heading in the right direction here. Good luck in future efforts.
by just sayin'
Sunday Dec 8th, 2013 8:46 PM
if you are posting sketchy things online for the world to see, it's probably a good idea to make sure there is no metadata associated with such photographs.

for instance, by looking at the metadata for this photo, I can see that it was shot with a Nikon COOLPIX S3000. fortunately, that's the only info other than date and time it was created. if it were taken with a smart phone, there might very well have been GPS info, if location services were turned on, or other unintended user data.

to create photographs with minimal metadata, use a photo editing application. open the photo in the program, select all and copy the entire image. then paste it into a new blank image file. export it as a jpeg or whatever with a unique name, not the alpha-numeric filename that the camera automatically gives the photograph. that way the image can be shared without the original metadata.

then, post away!

of course, post from secure untraceable locations with no surveillance cameras around, but that's a comment for another day.
by Dick Johnson
Monday Dec 9th, 2013 9:42 AM
"we're sick of the machismo and militant posturing combined with little concrete action to back it up."

This entire communique is machismo and militant posturing.
The tiny little spray paint tag is by definition "little concrete action".

LOL. Fail.
by anon
Tuesday Dec 10th, 2013 9:54 AM
Cameras are voyeurism in the extreme. If a person does it, it's illegal. But if a camera does it, it's "merely surveillance to keep us safe".

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Why do you think they call it "data rape"?
by E. H. Campbell
Thursday Apr 3rd, 2014 11:05 AM

by E. H. Campbell
( campbell.ted [at] ) Thursday Apr 3rd, 2014 10:07 AM

The technology is so sophisticated now, they can photograph you from a squad car and automatically run your face through NCIC and drivers license photos and spit out your name and DOB, run your warrants etc. I know it was done to me this winter in Media, PA. Did three months for a crime I didn't commit on a case that was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence, but they took my picture and pos-ID me saying I fit the general description of a suspect in a strong armed robbery (5 felonies and two misdemeanors) and then claimed that they knew my name from a previous stop even though I was never stopped in Pennsylvania.

The only logical conclusion is that they got my name and DOB from a photo they took of me in a public place while I was walking down US Hwy 1, did a face recognition computer trip on it, and swore out a warrant. A month later I was stopped in North Carolina and was told I was ten seventy-five (a wanted fugitive) in Pennsylvania. I was extradited to the Delaware County Prison in Thornton, PA (George W. Hill Correctional Center, a private jail run by the Community Education Centers)

Blew my fuckin' mind. But at least I'm out. The only thing I could say to the arresting officer in N.C. was: "Thank God it's not murder."