Thomson Reuters $13M Contract With HSI

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A data broker contract running from 2015 to 2020 is in effect between the West Publishing division of Thomson Reuters and Homeland Security Investigations/ICE. Thomson Reuters is a multinational corporation based in Canada. Among its products is the news wire copy service Reuters, which provides news headlines and content to most US media outlets, and Westlaw legal research products, used by most law schools and many of the nation’s attorneys and private investigators.

The contract states: “This action is to request the approval to procure database information to identify criminal suspects, businesses and assets of targets of investigations for potential arrest, seizure and forfeiture. These database services shall be obtained from West Publishing Corporation. West Publishing Corporation is the only known source capable of providing the required information. This information will be used by ICE/HSI/AFU offices located not only in Washington, D.C. but also in 26 SAC offices and multiple RAC offices throughout the United States and US territories”.

The contract goes on to state: “The Government’s requirement is that the database must be able to interface with FALCON Palantir systems. West Publishing Corporation’s CLEAR program offers a system to system (S2S) connection that merges CLEAR public and proprietary data with Palantir analytical information to narrow in and locate persons and assets of interest”.

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Privacy Advisory Commission Investigation of Oakland ICE Raid Concludes Violation of Sanctuary City Policy

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*Oakland’s Public Safety Committee will take up the ICE raid on November 14 at 6pm at City Hall after chair Desley Brooks and at-large council rep Rebecca Kaplan asked for the report. The Chief of Police is expected to attend.*

After completing an investigation of the West Oakland ICE raid of August 16, Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission concluded that “all evidence presently known supports that the Oakland Police Department participated in a raid on August 16 that led only to a civil immigration arrest, in violation of Oakland’s Sanctuary City policy and OPD Immigration Policy 415.”

The Commission unanimously recommended that the City Council require the Oakland Chief of Police present a report on this raid to the Council at a public hearing.

The investigation further concluded that “of the nine most material representations on the matter made by the Oakland Chief of Police, research supported that six were false and one more is likely false.”

Video of the Privacy Advisory Commission Public Hearing on October 5, 2017

The investigation findings and exhibits can be read here.

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Oakland Gets “Trumpintelpro” Ordinance – Civil Rights Review On All Agreements With Feds

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On October 3, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance subjecting all local law enforcement agreements with federal partners to abide by the city’s laws and undergo civil rights and privacy reviews.

The ordinance is modeled after San Francisco’s 2011 civil rights ordinance and will be implemented by Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission.

A large community coalition brought forward the ordinance including CAIR, Asian Law Caucus/AAJC, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Veterans for Peace, Strike Debt Bay Area, Latino Task Force, Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area, First They Came For The Homeless, Defending Rights and Dissent, Coalition for Police Accountability, Center for Media Justice, California Sanctuary Campaign, Block by Block Organizing Network, ACLU-Norcal and Media Alliance. Thank you to all of them for their dedication.

Text of the Ordinance. Press Release. Coalition Support Letter , More information on Trumpintelpro.

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238 Groups Urge Recision of Third Muslim Ban

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238 human rights organizations,(including Oakland Privacy), demanded that the White House rescind the  latest iteration of the unconstitutional and discriminatory “Muslim ban” executive travel order. In an open letter released on September 27, 2017, the groups stated ““If you refuse to rescind this unlawful order, we commit to do all in our power to protect those communities being targeted by EO-3 and to support litigation to defeat this unconstitutional ban.  History will long remember, and we will not quickly forget, this singular assault on America’s commitment to freedom of religion.”

Read the full letter and list of signatories here:

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