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Dan Siegel Speaks Out Against the Domain Awareness Center
Oakland Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel Speaks Out Against Oakland Domain Awareness Center
Not Just Another Campaign Promise
Dan Speaks Out Against the Domain Awareness Center
Last Tuesday night, we joined 200 Oaklanders for a rally outside of City Hall to say No DAC in OAK.
The Domain Awareness Center (DAC) could potentially be the most comprehensive surveillance system in California. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the DAC would link cameras around the city with shot spotter gunshot detectors, license plate readers, Geographic Information Systems mapping and social media feeds. In essence, the DAC has the potential to track every movement of every Oaklander - whether they are suspected of a crime ... or not.
"We have to get after City Council to make sure that Oakland is not the first beachhead of the NSA"
The DAC is being touted as a mechanism that will make Oakland safer by allowing law enforcement agencies to better track the movements of citizens. But the truth is, there is no solid evidence that mass surveillance prevents crime.
The DAC will let authorities know …
•Where you're going and when
•Who you are and whom you are with
•What you're texting and tweeting
•The words you speak and write
As Mayor, Dan will invest in proven strategies that reduce crime like ensuring police walk neighborhoods and build solid relationships with the community, that jobs pay living wages that allow citizens to support their families and that young people are provided safe spaces to thrive and learn in community schools that are open days, nights and weekends.
City Council is preparing to vote on funding for Phase II of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) on February 18th. We will be there to ask them not to. We hope you will join us.
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Photo/Video credit: Daniel Arauz