Date(s) - 2013/11/16
6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Oakland City Council is trying to create a mass Orwellian surveillance center (called the Domain Awareness Center), that would allow police to track all residents and visitors. This center would centralize surveillance camera footage, phone calls, licence plate readings, and social media information for use by local and federal law enforcement. This will most likely lead to drones and facial recognition technology. The Department of Homeland Security is behind this project with a $7 million dollar grant to fund it. In the wake of the Oscar Grant, Trayvon, and Occupy revolts, as well as the continuing push by local elites to gentrify the bay area, such a project is paramount in the suppression of the local population. The ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and even the NY Times all agree that this is an unprecedented attack on our civil liberties.