August Oakland ICE Raid Started Deportation Proceeding – No Criminal Evidence

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As reported on IndyBay by Dave Id:

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ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit raided the home of a West Oakland Latina family on August 16. Oakland police claim their only role was blocking street traffic while the raid was conducted, but it’s hard to take anything Oakland police say at face value when both ICE and the Oakland police department have lied about the incident. Defensive about the raid, Oakland police first smeared the family with a salacious and blatantly untrue allegation while the raid was still in progress — and OPD Chief Anne Kirkpatrick continues to spread falsehoods about the matter, inferring at a recent town hall that one brother was charged for trafficking his younger sibling. Bigger picture, both ICE and OPD publicly promote a false distinction between ICE’s criminal investigation and immigration enforcement functions, whittling away at the value of Oakland as a “sanctuary city.”
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SB 21 Dies In Sacramento

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California’s Assembly Appropriations Committee, following the lead of law enforcement agencies invested in the secret and unaccountable use of ever more complex surveillance technologies, killed California’s statewide transparency ordinance today, ensuring that communities will not get a say in how they are watched.

Oakland Privacy will continue going to city to city and county to county to say there is a better way. La lucha continua.

 

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CA Supreme Court Rules Bulk License Plate Scans Not Exempt From Public Records Act

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In a huge public interest victory, the CA Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement bulk license plate scans (APRS) are not exempt from the California Public Records Act and constitute public records, overturning a Superior court decision.

The case was litigated by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Southern California.

The court’s ruling can be read below.

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Open Letter Regarding West Oakland HSI Operation

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Oakland Privacy Open Letter Regarding West Oakland HSI Operation

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On July 18, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to terminate an existing agreement with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), one week after a similar unanimous vote in the Public Safety Committee. On August 16, HSI executed a warrant at a West Oakland Guatemalan household. HSI was accompanied by Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers.

The HSI operation has been reported on extensively by local media, with most reports quoting the statement issued by Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, wherein she discussed OPD’s participation. Eyewitness reports of the incident, media coverage of the event, and a review of the provided explanation, have caused some concerns that we would like to briefly outline here.

We believe that Chief Kirkpatrick should provide additional information to the City Council at a public hearing, so that residents can better understand the nature of this incident, including what due diligence the Chief performed prior to providing City resources, if any, and whether OPD Immigration Policy Sections 415.4, 415.5, and the city’s Sanctuary City Resolution were complied with.

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It Took A Village To Stop A DAC

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by JP Massar

No one had a clue the thing even existed. Buried deep within the consent agenda of the Oakland City Council for years, appropriations for the Domain Awareness Center and the implications thereof had gone unnoticed.

Until, that is, @domainawareness caught it in July of 2013 and called it out at City Council. Oakland Privacy (nee Occupy Oakland Privacy Working Group) formed within weeks, outreach was done, protests began, marches were marched, City Council meetings spoken at en masse and eight months later the DAC, for all intents and purposes, was dead.

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An Open Letter To Those Who Have Nothing to Hide

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by Christoper Jasinski 

I love a good argument. Most that I have these days tend to focus on civil liberties, and the issue of government surveillance comes up frequently. Its usually during these debates, running on some soliloquy-within-a-soliloquy about the ever-increasing Orwellian surveillance state, that my counterpart will let this argument stumble out:

I don’t see why it’s such a big deal. I’ve got nothing to hide.”

Edward Snowdens revelations of the NSAs apparatus for collecting and indefinitely storing troves of innocent peoples’ internet activity and metadata sparked one of the most important conversations our society has had in a generation. Even the politically uninvolved started to wake up. The experience was visceral for many. There was something inherently wrong about an opaque government agency collecting some of our most personal information.

Simultaneously, another group of people emerged from this debate. I affectionately refer to them as The Panopticon Nihilists. These folks arent evil extremists. Theyre not a subversive cult who meets bi-weekly in an underground bunker. Theyre not even plotting to take over the world. Quite the opposite.

They’re probably your kindly neighbor who just bought an Amazon Echo for their kitchen.

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