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Surveillance City: A Community Forum
Date Wednesday February 12
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Event Type Panel Discussion
Organizer/AuthorSteve Pleich
ACLU Santa Cruz County and Restore the Fourth Santa Cruz are co-sponsoring “Surveillance City: A Community Forum”. The event will be hosted at the Louden Nelson Community Center on Wednesday, February 12 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The program will include a panel discussion followed by an open question period moderated by Steve Pleich. Guest panelists will include Jay Campbell, Technology Chair for ACLU Santa Cruz, Colin Campbell Clyde, Co-Founder of Restore the Fourth Santa Cruz, local journalist and author of the recent GT Weekly feature article Surveillance City John Malkin and Santa Cruz City Council Member Micah Posner. Some of the questions that the forum hopes to address are:

• Are we as a society adjusting to life in a surveillance state?

• Are we willing to relinquishing bits of our privacy in exchange for the promise of other rewards?

• Do Automatic License Plate Readers have a place in Santa Cruz?

• And perhaps the most Orwellian question of all: Who watches the watchers?

This admission free event will be held in the Center’s Multipurpose Room. Please join ACLU Santa Cruz and Restore the Fourth for this robust community conversation.
Added to the calendar on Sunday Feb 2nd, 2014 12:54 PM

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by Razer Ray
Sunday Feb 2nd, 2014 8:01 PM
I had a hammer!

RIP Pete Seeger
by Razer Ray
Sunday Feb 2nd, 2014 8:17 PM
How do they know? Cell site location metadata (and cookie info if you're really stupid enough to own a so-called 'smartphone') that also includes everyone you call (and browse to shopping on your smartphone) and License Plate Reader info. That's all they need.

The ACLU National put this on their site a while back:

Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data
"...just a taste of what this powerful new (NSA) system is capable of. We look forward to working with your department for many years to come in our mutual efforts to keep America a safe and controlled place where no one, no matter where they are, can commit wrongdoing."
We now know that the NSA is collecting location information en masse. As we’ve long said, location data is an extremely powerful set of information about people. To flesh out why that is true, here is the kind of future memo that we fear may someday soon be uncovered:


Dear commissioner:

Now that we have finalized our systems for the acquisition and processing of Americans’ location data (using data from cell phone and license plate readers as well as other sources), I wanted to give you a quick taste of our new system’s capabilities in the domestic policing context.

As you can see in this screen shot from our new application, an individual by the name of Jack R. Benjamin yesterday was flagged as a potential DUI risk...

Full PowerPoint Presentation, as if the NSA was pitching this to your local police agency, At The ACLU.
by Robert Norse
Sunday Feb 9th, 2014 4:06 AM .
The SCPD and City Clerk Administrator Bren Lehr unlawfully ignored by Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to learn more about the secret security apparatus of the SCPD and what civilian oversight there is to make them open, transparent and accountable.

Unfortunately, state courts have narrowly defined the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to hide police forces from scrutiny. It's time to lobby Sacramento politicians to open up the CPRA to include police departments for the sake of openness and transparency — otherwise we'll live in a semi-police state.

Before Governor Reagan came into office, the CPRA applied to police departments but they lobbied him to hide their operations from public scrutiny. Thus we still suffer under the failed policies of Ronald Reagan.
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