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More $$$ for repression in Oakland

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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City of Oakland, Council meeting

Special Finance & Management Committee

Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:30 AM Sgt. Mark Dunakin Room - 1st Floor


8. Subject: RCC's Analysis Of EBRCS P25 Radio Systems
From: Department Of Information And Technology
Recommendation: Receive (A) An Informational Report On RCC's Side-By-Side Analysis Of Oakland And East Bay Regional Communications System (EBRCS) P25 Radio Systems; And (B) Authorize The City Administrator To Enter Into Negotiations With EBRCS And Return To Council In 90-120 Days With Proposed Negotiations Terms And A Funding And Transition Plan
It’s located at 4985 Broder Blvd., Dublin - the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Services. It’s adjacent to the huge Santa Rita jail complex. Notice how they had to put those final two words there to make it seem a little less ominous. This facility is the county accumulation center for video, radio and digital signals. It's then passed on to the Northern California Regional Intelligence (FUSION) Center located in San Francisco.

This is one of those purposely partially hidden regional governmental agencies. You are not really supposed to know about it. It's final intention is a total surveillance capability. Sheriff Ahern's wet-dreamed-of drones will be fed into this facility.

One of the positives to Oakland's budget woes have been their inability to quickly jump to the county-wide radio system for their jack-booted thugs. Supposedly the OPD is the sole-remaining hold-out in not joining this system. The OPD, the entire City Council and of course, the county sheriff can't wait for this coordination to finish. It will help all with coordination of the reciprocal repression agreements the multiple city police and the county sheriff department have signed. What are those for? Well, to beat the heads of small-d democracy and fiscal-equality-minded folks not unlike the Occupy folks. Read the report. Notice how it's presented as correcting a problem with the relatively new, current system. It's easy for the OPD & the City to file this under mismanagement or incompetence or whatever. The residents of Oakland will never know. The McTribune either won't report on this or will spin it in a win-win way.

Click thru the link in the agenda to the report. Look at that list of "stakeholders". Would you trust any of them? Notice how there are no non-repression forces listed. Do you think they'll come to the same conclusion as you would? I think not.

Contact your council representative. Yes, they are supposed to "represent" you, not "repress" you. Remind them of that. Contact City Administrator Santana [yes, the "devil's wind"] and Mayor Quan [Has anyone noticed shes been sporting a haircut similar to ze Führer, the build of Reichsmarschall Göring, and a fascist (sorry, neoliberal) policy that both would have respected].

Let them know you don't want the City to take part in such repressive capabilities.
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