I wanted to look more closely at why a Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake was made head of the national Mayor's association just as a Baltimore Governor O'Malley was made head of the national Governor's Association. Baltimore is the GATEWAY for these Trans Pacific Trade Pact and International Economic Zone policies being moved across America. It has for these few decades---from O'Malley---Dixon---Rawlings-Blake installed all of the conditions for Johns Hopkins to create global corporations tied to those operating in Asian International Economic Zones. It is Baltimore's Maryland Assembly pols that push all of the deregulation of public policing pretending that private security corporations have as much policing rights as our public police and giving SWAT in Baltimore tremendous powers to invade people's homes and act with impunity----AS THEY DO OVERSEAS IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES. So, Rawlings-Blake is being moved up because she has shown a willingness to do anything she is told and she is used as a model to climbing an economic ladder for underserved in Baltimore that have no other opportunities.....DO AS YOU ARE TOLD AND WE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY.
THIS IS WHY BALTIMORE IS THIRD WORLD AND RANKED LOWEST IN EVERY MEASURE-----WE HAVE ALREADY HAD THE CONDITIONS OF GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE IN CONTROL OF OUR CITY.
So, Baltimore under Johns Hopkins exports SWAT training corporations to other cities slated for International Economic Zone designation-----it exports all of the surveillance and spying corporations Hopkins has under its purview------it exports all of the human trafficing----the people from around the world made wealthy or simply working to operate all of the FOXCONN global corporate campuses and sweat shops ----across America to cities designated as International Economic Zones. Hopkins will be the source of flooding the labor market in the US with immigrants from around the world and the relaxing of enforcement of citizenship laws by Rawlings-Blake sets the stage for this. These immigration policies were never about protecting Latino immigrants---it was always about installing Trans Pacific Trade Pact and International Economic Zone policy.
THAT IS WHY A GROUP OF AMERICAN MAYORS ARE COMING TO BALTIMORE TO MEET----WITH RAWLINGS-BLAKE ELECTED BY THEM TO LEAD-----THESE MAYORS ARE LEADING AMERICAN CITIES DESIGNATED INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES AND HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THEY WILL INSTALL THESE POLICIES.
I edited an article from yesterday for just its captions for what makes a police state---think how Baltimore and Johns Hopkins leads in all of these policies:
Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?
Posted: 01/06/2014 10:16 pm EST Updated: 03/08/2014 5:59 am EST Huffington Post
In Harold Ramis' classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities. Similarly, as I illustrate in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again -- egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc. -- although with far fewer moments of comic hilarity.
What remains to be seen is whether 2014 will bring more of the same or whether "we the people" will wake up from our somnambulant states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2013 was far from a banner year. The following is just a sampling of what we can look forward to repeating if we don't find some way to push back against the menace of an overreaching, aggressive, invasive, militarized government and restore our freedoms.
Police shootings of unarmed citizens.
The erosion of private property.
Strip searches and the loss of bodily integrity.
Invasion of the drones.
Criminalizing childish behavior.
In these few years attending the Maryland Assembly committee meetings I watched as Baltimore's Maryland Assembly pols introduced Hopkins' bills that deregulated policing and security protections for the public and watched as Baltimore City Hall pols made sure there was no funding for police administration-----you know----the funding needed to build oversight, accountability, and transparency in policing and security corporations operating in Baltimore. It was no coincidence that it is Baltimore City that these laws targeted exclusively------the Maryland Assembly pols from other counties would not allow this mess in their communities and if they did---THEY WOULD BE VOTED OUT.
This is why elections in Baltimore are so captured and rigged with black leaders and non-profits all making sure only Clinton neo-liberals and establishment pols are promoted in elections. Wall Street Baltimore Development and neo-conservative Johns Hopkins do this election rigging all over the world in International Economic Zones to make sure their pols are in office to push these policies that kill people, communities, and environment.
AGAIN, ALL OF THESE POLICIES VOTED IN THE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY ALLOWING ALL THESE SWAT POLICING AND SECURITY CORPORATIONS TO OPERATE WITH IMPUNITY IN BALTIMORE ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL AND CAN SIMPLY BE VOIDED IF REAL PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS RUN AGAINST THIS FAKE BALTIMORE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE.
Below you see it is Prince George's County and Baltimore City voting for and allowing all of these SWAT laws to kill communities of color----but it goes beyond communities of color and if you attend Maryland Assembly committee meetings---it is usually white citizens and groups shouting against all this militarized policing.
IT IS THE BLACK CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS THAT VOTES TO FUND THIS MILITARIZED POLICING AND THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING TO BUILD THESE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE STRUCTURES IN CITIES THEY REPRESENT. THAT'S WHY MOST OF THIS DEREGULATION OF POLICING COMES FROM BLACK POLS SERVING AS DEMOCRATS.
Make no mistake----all of these International Economic Zone and militarized policing policies ARE 100% NEO-CONSERVATIVE----FAR-RIGHT POLICIES HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
You can see where the plan for neo-conservatives and neo-liberals to make politics in America all about far-right Libertarianism----by using Stalin/Mao military surveillance and policing is taking shape....this is MOVING FORWARD AND 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY FOLKS.
Numbers paint portrait of SWAT team use
February 24, 2010|By Peter Hermann | firstname.lastname@example.orgAfter tactical officers burst into Cheye Calvos's house, bound his hands, held his mother-in-law on the floor and fatally shot his Labrador retrievers, the angry Berwyn Heights mayor was convinced that sheriff's deputies and other police in Prince George's County were out of control.
Even when police were serving routine warrants, regardless of whether intelligence indicated a threat, Calvo - who was absolved of any wrongdoing - argued that the police as a matter of policy deployed paramilitary teams armed with automatic weapons. Police expressed regret for the raid on Calvo's house in 2008, but the outrage over their tactics sparked legislation requiring police agencies in Maryland to compile data on tactical entries.
The first batch of numbers, obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a Public Information Act request to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, is now out. And Calvo said it proves his point: In the last six months of 2009, Prince George's County police made more tactical raids - an average of more than one a day - than any other jurisdiction in Maryland, more than double the number conducted by officers in Baltimore City.
Police in Prince George's used tactical officers in 105 raids involving what the FBI defines as Part II crimes - nonserious felonies and misdemeanors - and 90 for more violent offenses, such as murder, rape and aggravated assault. In Baltimore City, police raided 84 houses, 30 for nonserious crimes. Baltimore County officers conducted 62 tactical raids, only one of which involved a nonserious crime.
The data do not include narratives, so it's impossible to know what intelligence police had in each situation without going through individual reports filed by 37 Maryland police agencies, which together performed 806 tactical raids in six months. For example, SWAT officers might be used to serve a warrant in a relatively minor case if police believe the target is armed.
But to Calvo, the numbers speak volumes about how different police agencies work.
"There are too many people in Prince George's County employed solely to dress up in military gear and kick in doors," the mayor said Tuesday. "How is this an efficient use of resources? They are creating situations where bad things can happen. Most of the time, things go fine, but sometimes the trigger goes off. Sometimes things go terribly wrong."
That's what happened to Calvo in the summer of 2008 when Prince George's County sheriff's deputies barged into his home with a warrant after they intercepted a package of marijuana addressed to the mayor's wife. Calvo was a victim of a ruse in which drug dealers were sending narcotics to unsuspecting recipients, hoping to intercept the boxes left outside front doors before the homeowners returned.
Calvo complained that a rudimentary investigation would have told police they were about to raid the house of a mayor and that sending officers with machine guns was overkill. The department's county police chief said at the time he called Calvo "to express my sorrow and regret," but a spokesman defended the raid as procedurally correct. A sheriff's department review concluded that deputies acted appropriately.
A Prince George's County police spokeswoman who spoke only on the condition that she not be identified, pointing to the delicate nature of the query and Calvo's pending lawsuit, would only caution that every tactical raid cited in the reports was the result of warrants issued by judges. She noted that even when minor crimes are alleged, most of those are concerned with drugs, and police always assume weapons are involved.
The spokeswoman also stressed that in 99 of the 195 raids, police did not have to break down doors or force their way into homes. She declined to comment further until the police chief could examine the data. The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, which conducted the raid on Calvo's house, listed only one raid over the six-month period, a forceable entry in Bladensburg on Dec. 29 in which two arrests were made.
The statistics compiled on police raids give a broad picture of how the tactic is used in Maryland. Of the 806 raids conducted in the six-month period, more than 94 percent stemmed from search or arrest warrants. Most of the others came as the result of a barricade situation.
Police forced their way into 545 houses, seized property in 633 of the raids, made arrests 485 times and discharged their weapons five times. In the six months studied, seven civilians were hurt but none killed, and two animals were injured and two killed.
Baltimore police listed raid sites by ZIP code, with the most, 22, in Northwest Baltimore, followed by 14 in parts of East and Northeast Baltimore. There were nine in Waverly, four in Govans and five in Highlandtown.
DO YOU HEAR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MARTIN O'MALLEY BRAGGING ABOUT ALL OF THIS BECAUSE IT IS ALL UNDER HIS GUIDANCE AS WAS TRUE WHEN HE WAS MAYOR OF BALTIMORE!
You notice that only Prince George's County have records on these SWAT Raids---not much said about Baltimore---except by Baltimore citizens shouting that these SWAT raids are continuous in Baltimore. That's where Baltimore's complete lack of oversight and accountability with no tranparency comes in---you don't even read in national news what is really happening in Baltimore.
Again, Prince George's County and BAltimore are building structures that will be used for these two counties becoming International Economic Zones. It is hitting black underserved communities as they use these SWAT teams for development tools to get people of real estate falling under Global Corporate campus designation----but this structure will remain and create a very brutal and autocratic policing system inside all of these Zones across America.
The very people having all of these public forums against police brutality are the groups pushing all this deregulation and policy allowing Hopkins to install its global security corporations.
As someone attending these committee meetings----I want to say Prince George's County Anthony Muse is pulling a Catherine Pugh on citizens by acting as if he is leading all this. As the committee members from other counties made clear-----
ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE OF DEREGULATION LAWS PUSHED BY PRINCE GEORGE'S AND BALTIMORE CITY POLS OVER SEVERAL YEARS.
It is progressive posing and we need to get rid of all these Clinton neo-liberal and Bush neo-cons controlling Maryland's Democratic Party. The young people being drawn in as next generation Democrats are all being sold on these same global policies in Maryland.
4.5 SWAT Raids Per DayMaryland's SWAT transparency bill produces its first disturbing resultsRadley Balko | March 1, 2010
Cheye Calvo's July 2008 encounter with a Prince George's County, Maryland, SWAT team is now pretty well-known: After intercepting a package of marijuana at a delivery service warehouse, police completed the delivery, in disguise, to the address on the package. That address belonged to Calvo, who also happened to be the mayor of the small Prince George’s town of Berwyn Heights. When Calvo's mother-in-law brought the package in from the porch, the SWAT team pounced, forcing their way into Calvo's home. By the time the raid was over, Calvo and his mother-in-law had been handcuffed for hours, police realized they'd made a mistake, and Calvo's two black Labradors lay dead on the floor from gunshot wounds.
As a result of this colossal yet not-unprecedented screw-up, plus Calvo's notoriety and persistence, last year Maryland became the first state in the country to make every one of its police departments issue a report on how often and for what purpose they use their SWAT teams. The first reports from the legislation are in, and the results are disturbing.
Over the last six months of 2009, SWAT teams were deployed 804 times in the state of Maryland, or about 4.5 times per day. In Prince George's County alone, with its 850,000 residents, a SWAT team was deployed about once per day. According to a Baltimore Sun analysis, 94 percent of the state's SWAT deployments were used to serve search or arrest warrants, leaving just 6 percent in response to the kinds of barricades, bank robberies, hostage takings, and emergency situations for which SWAT teams were originally intended.
Worse even than those dreary numbers is the fact that more than half of the county’s SWAT deployments were for misdemeanors and nonserious felonies. That means more than 100 times last year Prince George’s County brought state-sanctioned violence to confront people suspected of nonviolent crimes. And that's just one county in Maryland. These outrageous numbers should provide a long-overdue wake-up call to public officials about how far the pendulum has swung toward institutionalized police brutality against its citizenry, usually in the name of the drug war.
But that’s unlikely to happen, at least in Prince George's County. To this day, Sheriff Michael Jackson insists his officers did nothing wrong in the Calvo raid—not the killing of the dogs, not neglecting to conduct any corroborating investigation to be sure they had the correct house, not failing to notify the Berwyn Heights police chief of the raid, not the repeated and documented instances of Jackson’s deputies playing fast and loose with the truth.
Jackson, who's now running for county executive, is incapable of shame. He has tried to block Calvo's efforts to access information about the raid at every turn. Last week, Prince George's County Circuit Judge Arthur M. Ahalt ruled that Calvo's civil rights suit against the county can go forward. But Jackson has been fighting to delay the discovery process in that suit until federal authorities complete their own investigation into the raid. That would likely (and conveniently) prevent Prince George's County voters from learning any embarrassing details about the raid until after the election.
But there is some good news to report here, too. The Maryland state law, as noted, is the first of its kind in the country, and will hopefully serve as a model for other states in adding some much-needed transparency to the widespread use and abuse of SWAT teams. And some Maryland legislators want to go even further. State Sen. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's), for example, wants to require a judge's signature before police can deploy a SWAT team. Muse has sponsored another bill that would ban the use of SWAT teams for misdemeanor offenses. The latter seems like a no-brainer, but it's already facing strong opposition from law enforcement interests. Police groups opposed the transparency bill, too.
Beyond policy changes, the Calvo raid also seems to have also sparked media and public interest in how SWAT teams are deployed in Maryland. The use of these paramilitary police units has increased dramatically over the last 30 years, by 1,000 percent or more, resulting in the drastic militarization of police. It's a trend that seems to have escaped much media and public notice, let alone informed debate about policies and oversight procedures. But since the Calvo raid in 2008, Maryland newspapers, TV news crews, activists, and bloggers have been documenting mistaken, botched, or disproportionately aggressive raids across the state.
Lawmakers tend to be wary of questioning law enforcement officials, particularly when it comes to policing tactics. They shouldn't be. If anything, the public employees who are entrusted with the power to use force, including lethal force, deserve the most scrutiny. It's unfortunate that it took a violent raid on a fellow public official for Maryland's policymakers to finally take notice of tactics that have been used on Maryland citizens for decades now. But at least these issues are finally on the table.
Lawmakers in other states should take notice. It's time to have a national discussion on the wisdom of sending phalanxes of cops dressed like soldiers into private homes in search of nonviolent and consensual crimes.
I've spoken before of Johns Hopkins' tie to SAIC----it's their surveillance,spying, drone corporation funded by Baltimore Congressional pols like Mikulski, Cardin, Cummings, and Sarbanes.
Hopkins is the Bush/Cheney defense and private military complex. So, why are pols in Baltimore serving for neo-conservative Hopkins all running as Democrats?
TO BREAK UP THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY---80% OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS LABOR AND JUSTICE BASE.
This is why Clinton/Obama work so hard to capture national justice and labor organization leaders and pols.
Oakland, California is the International Economic Zone for the San Francisco Technology industry and Hopkins sent SAIC to install all that is International Economic Zone militarized policing and security. That is Anthony Batts tie to Oakland and Baltimore. All of revenue coming to Baltimore that should have lifted underserved communities is being spent installing all of this super-spying network and all of Baltimore's pols know this. Rawlings-Blake was placed on a stage at the Hippodrone in Baltimore because she is installing all of this autocratic mess.
Right now, public schools having all this robotic and tech STEM teaching are set to be connected to building and being techs for this industry....ALL UNDER JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. This is what global corporate fascism looks like. BAltimore citizens will notice Nancy Pelosi's connection to this San Francisco area and all these Hopkins' GATEWAY CORPORATIONS.
What bigger GATEWAY to immigration and global corporations is the Mexican border? While Clinton neo-liberals in Congress pretended to fight to protect Latino immigrants they were passing the Immigration Bill tied to Trans Pacific Trade Pact needed to bring all those immigrant workers to International Economic Zones. These Immigration policies will kill Latinos as much as US workers but Clinton neo-liberals had labor unions, CASA Maryland, and NAACP out fighting for these immigration policies.
As you see Obama was funding a border that will act just as Stalin's border security----it is more used to keep people from fleeing the US under International Economic Zone and TPP policies than keeping immigrants out. That is what SAIC is about and it all comes from Baltimore and Johns Hopkins thanks to Baltimore City pols deregulating and refusing to enforce laws that make all this illegal.
July 20, 2013 Pueblo Lands
SAIC: Oakland’s Border Militarizing, Drone Flying, Nuclear Weapons Engineering Surveillance Contractor
Screenshot from SAIC’s jobs web site.
SAIC develops surveillance technologies for many branches of the federal government, as well as local governments and police agencies.
In 1988 the Oakland city council passed the nation’s most ambitious anti-nuclear ordinance, banning any and all activities that would advance the development and deployment of nuclear weapons. It was a big deal, not like the previous mostly symbolic ordinances passed by other towns and cities far from the nation’s nuclear labs and military bases.
The city of Oakland lies just south of Berkeley where in the 1940s and 1950s much weapons research was conducted. Weapons and components were transported through Oakland’s Port and across roads and highways and rail road routes traversing the city. Atomic weapons that later decimated the environments of South Pacific islands, causing cancers among islanders and destroying their homes were shipped through Oakland. In the 1960s Berkeley’s research was consolidated at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in southern Alameda County, but for decades Oakland was host to nuclear weapons contractors and federal offices involved in the design and deployment atomic weapons. (In fact this is true today, the subject of a future blog post perhaps.) The Navy sought to home port a nuclear-armed squadron in the Bay Area in the 1980s, and Oakland’s anti-nuclear ordinance was a direct effort to resist the further nuclearization of the region.
In 1990 a federal judge appointed by Ronald Reagan slapped down most of Oakland’s anti-nuclear law, calling it unconstitutional and claiming that it interfered with national security. However, one portion of the anti-nuclear ordinance stayed on the books. Oakland would continue to refuse to enter into contracts or otherwise spend city funds on work done by corporations involved in the US nuclear weapons program.
Both the spirit and letter of this law were thrown out three years ago when the Oakland city council summarily agreed to the massive port-city surveillance system called the Domain Awareness Center. The contractor building Oakland’s camera and sensor network is Science Applications International, a giant military-industrial corporation that has helped the US Defense Department develop, build, and deploy nuclear weapons, among many other killing technologies.
And the Oakland contract with SAIC would seem to violate the spirit of another city of Oakland resolution, the anti-SB 1070 law that was passed in 2010 to oppose Arizona’s anti-immigrant law. Oakland’s anti-SB 1070 resolution requires the city to boycott Arizona, and companies with headquarters in Arizona, due to the state’s racist and militarized immigration policies. SAIC has a major office in Arizona and has helped the federal government build a massive border wall and surveillance system.
A portion of the gigantic wall built by SAIC along the US-Mexico border, a portion of which spans Arizona.
SAIC’s anti-immigrant technologies probably don’t violate Oakland’s anti-SB 1070 ordinance because the company’s contracts are with the federal government, and not the state of Arizona. SAIC is headquartered in Virginia, and only has branch offices in Arizona. Nevertheless, SAIC is perhaps the single largest provider of border surveillance technology to the government. SAIC has multiple offices in Arizona where its assists the Department of Homeland Security in its historically unprecedented effort to wall off the US-Mexico border and deport millions of human beings.
On SAIC’s web site the company proudly advertises the 60-mile border wall it helped build for the Department of Homeland Security in Arizona.
SAIC has developed the major surveillance, biometric, and alarm systems used by the DHS along the US-Mexico border throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. SAIC claims to have executed at least $200 million in border security contracts in the last five years, work that includes developing the “Integrated Wide-Area Surveillance System,” or IWASS, which we are told, in promotional material on the company’s web site: “safeguards the homeland through an intelligence-based operational solution for border security.”
Screenshot taken from SAIC’s jobs web site. SAIC is hiring interrogation trainers to teach US military personnel how to interrogate captives and prisoners. The work is carried out at Fort Huachuca, an Arizona military base where SAIC also assists in drone training and operations.
SAIC has dozens of job openings at its Arizona offices currently. The company is hiring biometric technicians to develop camera-linked computer systems capable of discerning identity from facial recognition and body shapes. These technologies could someday be incorporated into Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center system, according to discussion between SAIC and city officials.
At its Fort Huachuca office SAIC is hiring staff for its “human intelligence” program, a major military contract to train interrogators and spies within the US military. SAIC is deeply integrated into the US military’s espionage and surveillance activities. Arizona is one of the major locations where SAIC and the Army develop these technologies.
Fort Huachuca, located in southern Arizona near the Mexico border, was founded in 1877 by the US Army during their war of extermination against the Apache nation, and other southwestern Indians. For Huachuca grew afterward as an outpost against Mexico from which the United States had seized a quarter of North America.
Today the desert outpost is also one of the US military’s major drone warfare bases. SAIC is one of the main contractors providing technology and training for Army and Navy drone weapons systems at Fort Huachuca, and drone surveillance systems based at Fort Huachuca are reportedly used in border patrol operations, but mostly in overseas theaters of war. As the LA Times reported in 2011, SAIC employees are part of the “kill chain” in drone warfare, carrying out crucial roles in the drone missions employed by the Obama administration to kill thousands in the Middle East and Central Asia. Just last month the military re-upped SAIC’s drone contract to assist Army personnel in operating and maintaining the new weapons.
Screenshot of SAIC’s jobs web site, advertising employment opportunities for drone operators. SAIC’s staff are in the “kill chain” of the US military’s controversial drone warfare programs.
SAIC’s nuclear weapons contracts are too numerous to try to list. SAIC has contracted with the US nuclear weapons complex since the mid-1980s. SAIC has taken billions in payments from the US Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration to conduct studies and carry out contract work for nuclear weapons development as well as lead up the government’s site planning and environmental compliance efforts at the major weapons labs in New Mexico and California. One of SAIC’s latest nuclear weapons-related contracts is a $228 million work order with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to designing and testing nuclear weapons, Sandia also develops weapons and surveillance technologies for the CIA, NSA, and other federal spy agencies.
SAIC also serves the military branches that deploy nuclear weapons. For example, in 2009 SAIC was paid $10 million to help the Air Force reorganize its nuclear weapons command structure.
THIS IS WHY OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA HAD ONE OF THE LARGEST AND STRONGEST OCCUPY MOVEMENTS IN THE US----AND IT IS WHY BALTIMORE IS SILENT.
You won't hear a word of this in Baltimore's media or any justice non-profits bringing things to court as they are in Oakland----fighting this global corporate surveillance mess and all of this was born right here in Baltimore and Maryland. You see it is a global corporation tied to International Economic Zones around the world building structures in US cities slated to become International Economic Zones operating in the US as they do in third world nations. Baltimore's pols, especially since O'Malley was in Baltimore City Hall and as Mayor have worked hard to keep all this out of media or public policy discussion and have left Baltimore with absolutely no Rule of Law or public justice just to advance this Master Plan for Baltimore as an International Economic Zone.
This is all tied with installing militarized policing in communities and again, Baltimore City exports the best SWAT training in the US.
Oakland Domain Awareness Center Project Status Presentation May 2013
California, Corporate, Intelligence Fusion CentersOakland Domain Awareness Center SAIC Contract DocumentsOctober 12, 2013The following files contain the majority of the contract documents between the City of Oakland and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for construction of the City of Oakland/Port of Oakland Joint Domain Awareness Center. The documents were obtained via a public records request made by members of Occupy Oakland. The documents were also separately provided to Carlton Purvis who notes that a number of key sections of the contract are missing, including several exhibits and arguably the most important part of the overall contract: the “scope of work.”
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF OAKLAND AND SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION PART 1149 pagesDownload
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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF OAKLAND AND SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION PART 292 pagesDownload
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ALL OF THIS IS WHY BALTIMORE CITY'S INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING AND PEOPLE/COMMUNITIES IMPOVERISHED----THIS IS WHERE ALL THE CITY'S REVENUE HAS BEEN GOING THESE FEW DECADES.
Raise your hand if you see Baltimore City fraud and government corruption in this Johns Hopkins' SAIC global corporation? You can see why Baltimore has been a great big Wall Street fraud sucking machine for the State of Maryland----those rich Maryland beltway global corporate contractors using Baltimore for lots of fraud just as we see in this twin city operation. The difference between Oakland and Baltimore-----not one in Baltimore talks about all the fraud and there are no oversight and accountability government systems looking for fraud and corruption.
'But Oakland's massive surveillance project is also controversial because the influential defense contractor selected to build it — Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — has a long, troubling track record. In recent years, SAIC has been accused of defrauding municipal governments, bribing foreign officials, and delivering shoddy products'.
If you look where Obama and Clinton neo-liberals in Congress sent funds to install the largest super-computers in the world------funds coming from Mikulski's Appropriations Committee-----you will see these super-computers tied to International Economic Zones as happened with Hopkins and its super-computer. This is all tied to mass surveillance and the SMART CITY technology simply adds layers to all this.
THIS IS WHAT A PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL DEMOCRAT WOULD BE SHOUTING AGAINST AND IT WOULD BE TOP ON THE AGENDA TO STOP BY SIMPLY ENFORCING FEDERAL LAWS THAT PROTECT US CITIZENS FROM THESE INVASIONS.....BOTH POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE.
August 28, 2013 News & Opinion » News
Oakland's Surveillance Contractor Has a History of Fraud The multibillion-dollar company hired to build a citywide surveillance system also has a record of supplying weapons and training to anti-democratic governments around the world.By Darwin BondGraham @Darwinbondgraha and Ali Winston @awinston
- Ali Winston
- The council's decision to create a citywide surveillance center has prompted heated criticism.
Last month, the Oakland City Council approved a controversial $2 million deal to continue construction on the Domain Awareness Center (DAC) — a surveillance hub for the Port of Oakland that has mushroomed into a citywide system. Civil libertarians and numerous Oakland residents oppose the DAC, especially its breadth, contending that it will infringe on people's privacy rights and could be used to target political protesters. But councilmembers claim that Oakland needs the system to reduce crime, and that it would be irresponsible not to take advantage of the federal funds that are paying for DAC. And now, at least one high-ranking city official is saying the DAC could be used to control political demonstrations. Citing more than thirty protests in recent years, Renee Domingo, Oakland's director of Emergency Services, wrote in an industry publication earlier this month that "Oakland's long history of civil discourse and protest adds to the need" for the surveillance center.
But Oakland's massive surveillance project is also controversial because the influential defense contractor selected to build it — Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — has a long, troubling track record. In recent years, SAIC has been accused of defrauding municipal governments, bribing foreign officials, and delivering shoddy products. And when the company does deliver the goods at cost and on time, it's often for militarized projects linked to human rights abuses. Among SAIC's recent contracts: training the Egyptian military, operating drones used to kill foreign citizens, building and operating portions of the NSA's internet spying system used on Americans, and more.
It's unclear if Oakland's mayor, city council, or city administrator vetted the company before approving the DAC contract. Nothing in the Oakland Public Safety Committee meeting records, nor the meetings of the full council, indicate that the city looked into SAIC's record before handing over millions in federal grant dollars. In an interview last month, neither of the two city officials in charge of the DAC — Domingo and Ahsan Baig, the city's information technology manager — were aware of SAIC's past record of fraud, cost overruns, and failed projects.
Councilman Dan Kalb said he also wasn't aware of SAIC's record with other cities or its various military and Department of Homeland Security contracts. "The administration made the decision as to which contractor to go with," Kalb said, referring to City Administrator Deanna Santana's office. "Apparently, last year the council gave the administration the authority to work with the port to decide on the contractor." Other members of the council did not respond to a request for comment.
SAIC is one of the titans of the military and intelligence industries, dubbed "Washington's $8 Billion Shadow" by Vanity Fair investigative reporters Don Bartlett and James Steele (the company has a $5.3 billion market capitalization today). Founded in 1969 by John Robert Beyster — the former head of the particle accelerator physics department of General Atomics, another major weapons manufacturing company — SAIC was based in San Diego until 2007. The company moved its headquarters to Reston, Virginia during the George W. Bush administration to be closer to its two biggest clients: the Pentagon and the rapidly growing Department of Homeland Security. SAIC has received $36 billion in federal contracts since 2001, with $23 billion, or 63 percent of this total, coming from the US military.
Several of the company's executives also have been awarded high-level government jobs in the past decade. SAIC is "the classic revolving-door company," said Tim Shorrock, author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing, and one of the nation's leading experts on defense and intelligence contractors such as SAIC. "It's an old-boy network and that's how they keep going," Shorrock said of SAIC's ability to continue winning lucrative government contracts despite multiple serious allegations — and admissions — of fraud. "They use their influence to cut a deal."
Oakland's decision to pay SAIC $2 million to work on DAC also could help fuel the growth of such surveillance systems nationwide. "Once you start welcoming in these large contractors, you create a lobbying interest for these programs," said Bruce Schneier, a privacy expert who has been critical of outsourcing. Lobbying interests, Schneier added, "distort democracy," because they generate self-serving rationales to keep ineffective programs going.
Although contracting directly with cities is not SAIC's biggest line of business, the company made headlines last decade when it defrauded New York City of hundreds of millions of dollars. In the late 1990s, New York began a program to transition tens of thousands of municipal employees from paper punch cards to digital palm scanners, ostensibly to counter fraud. Dubbed CityTime, the project's initial budget was $68 million. But after SAIC acquired the company that had won the competitive bidding process for the work, CityTime's cost mushroomed to more than $740 million in ten years. The city official responsible for overseeing CityTime had once worked for a SAIC subcontractor, and yet was allowed to stay on the project by the city's Conflict of Interest Board.
Probes by the New York City Department of Investigation and US Attorney for the Southern District of New York revealed that SAIC employees had set up an intricate network of cost inflation and kickbacks. Letitia James, a city councilwoman from Brooklyn, recalled chairing budget committee hearings about the program. SAIC's contract, said James, "kept getting renewed without any competition or oversight," a byproduct of the cozy relations maintained by many employees of SAIC and their subcontractors, who had worked previously for the city.
All of this ties to the SWAT video I shared yesterday with the UnderArmour global corporation building these International Security structures preparing for International Economic Zones. As you saw with the person creating the video----people behind all this think taking the US third world is funny. The citizens of Baltimore will tell you it is not as they are the first group to feel what a third world police state does to communities.
Look at how police are now simply opening fire on people with this ask no questions and do as I say mentality----and you see the results of militarized police training. These are global military contractors brought to cities like Baltimore under perhaps a local business name but still the same ETHOS.
Everyone needs to be fighting against this. White citizens having the most voice are the ones shouting the most-----yet it is black citizens feeling the brunt of this that have leaders and pols pushing these policies and that needs to change. The same pols pushing these policing policies are the same pols deliberately keeping communities unemployed and impoverished and they do it because they are working for Wall Street Baltimore Development and neo-conservative Johns Hopkins.
ALL MARYLAND POLS ARE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS----GET RID OF GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS!
Below you see US Justice Department probes occurring only when a mayor or governor calls for one and as those who watch these things closely in Baltimore already see------the people being placed in leadership positions of these probes appear to all be crony players in each state's political system. We do not expect a US Justice Department protection from an Obama who spent his entire terms in office pushing these International Economic Zone/Trans Pacific Trade Pact policies---and sending all the militarized equipment and training to cities. We must have politicians in Baltimore City Council and as mayor who WILL BE THE PEOPLE DOING THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND BUILDING OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY.!
I tried to find a national report that showed an honest account of police-involved shootings in Baltimore and I have only seen those showing a few dozen. We all know that number is well over one hundred and we don't have an official counting because we have no public agency that produces these kinds of stats.
USA JusticeIn Baltimore's call for federal police probe, a new search for answers (+video)
While some Justice Department investigations are adversarial, a new model of collaborative reform is surprising police in some cities, as they find themselves included as part of the solution.
By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer May 6, 2015
Searching for a "framework ... [to] heal," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put in a 911 call to the US Department of Justice to ask for a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department’s beat cop tactics.
Her call, not even a week after a local prosecutor charged six police officers with crimes including murder for their alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray, is part of a broader trend of "collaborative reform" between Washington and local jurisdictions.
What's striking about such investigations is that they don't just slam the police, but also aim to help officers stay safe and protect citizens, as well as show that they are part of the solution.
In fact, following a Baltimore Sun series on police abuses in the city last year, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts approached the Justice Department to conduct a collaborative review, which had been under way the day Mr. Gray died while in police custody.
Some DOJ investigations are adversarial, as police bristle at court orders and federal monitors. But a federal investigation into whether Baltimore cops routinely violate people’s civil rights is likely to mirror similar probes in Las Vegas and Philadelphia, where police chiefs have been able to use federal findings to gain leverage with elected officials and also use facts to rebut claims by police officers that they’re doing nothing wrong, says Sam Walker, a criminologist at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
To be sure, Mr. Walker says, it’s “too early to tell” whether such interventions can bring the kind of fundamental reforms that Mayor Rawlings-Blake is hoping to find in the aftermath of Gray’s death and injuries to nearly 100 cops during violent riots.
But there is growing evidence that such collaborative efforts can help communities grapple with deep tensions between police and neighborhoods and build trust around common goals like respect, dignity, and sanctity of life.
After Las Vegas police shot a record 25 people in 2010, the city began its own reforms and asked the Department of Justice for help a year later. In 2011, the DOJ began the new collaboration program, delving deep into practices, training procedures, and policies to root out where officers were going wrong and where policies failed the people.
As of 2012, the Las Vegas department had completed dozens of difficult reforms, including rewriting its use-of-deadly-force policy to include a reference to officers acknowledging the “sanctity of human life” as they make critical split-second decisions. The department added so-called reality-based training to give officers more options than quick deployment of deadly force as they interacted with drugged, drunk, or mentally ill citizens. Since then, the number of officer-involved shootings in Las Vegas has stayed below historical averages, year to year.
In March, the Justice Department reported back on practices of the Philadelphia Police Department, which had seen a stretch of years in which police killed a person nearly every week, many of them unarmed. The DOJ team, which was made up of policing experts and not prosecutors, released a string of findings that pointed to problems in both policy and training.
Surprisingly to some, many complaints came from officers themselves. Among the findings were complaints from officers that they were not properly trained to deal with violent suspects. The training needed to be less staged and more reality-based, officers said, including allowing trainees to grapple with each other to learn tactics.
“Interview participants generally thought that the defensive tactics training offered at the academy focused too much on legal liability and not enough on teaching practical and realistic methods for surviving a physical encounter,” the DOJ report stated. “They did not believe that [training] sufficiently prepared them for a physical encounter.”
Aside from giving leaders hard facts to work with, such reports can also help defend police officers. Even though many police shootings have a racial backdrop, the Justice Department found that Philadelphia police did not have a problem with racial stereotyping. In fact, unarmed white males were more likely to be shot and killed by Philadelphia police than unarmed black males.
“I want to express regrets for all who have been shot in Philadelphia, civilians or police officers.... Every life is precious in this city and this country, so we need to maintain this level of focus," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said in March. "We're one big city. Everyone wants to be safe. Citizens want to be safe. Police officers want to be safe."
The Justice Department has conducted 19 civil rights investigations since 2000, stepping up the efforts in the Obama era, with five police departments coming under federal monitoring in 2012 alone. Some of those investigations have been scathing, including a report in March that documented abuses by the Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department that helped fuel protests in the wake of Michael’s Brown death last August, at the hands of a police officer.
So far, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has not replied to the Baltimore mayor’s request for a separate civil rights abuse probe.
But the request makes clear that the city’s police probably have problems that go beyond the treatment of Gray.
Since 2011, the city has settled more than 100 lawsuits equaling nearly $6 million in cases where people were bruised and battered by officers, only to have trumped-up charges later dropped by a judge.
True, institutional change can be difficult. After the Baltimore Police Department promised the courts in 2010 it would curb the large percentage of false arrests in the city by offering better training, the department dragged its feet, the American Civil Liberties Union has alleged. The issue has reared up again in the Gray case, since prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has charged that officers falsely arrested Gray for carrying a legal knife.
But so far in Philadelphia and Las Vegas, one key to success has been the efforts to engage police officers in the process by showing them that they are part of the solution, and that the collaboration isn't about outsiders second-guessing their actions. In Philadelphia, Commissioner Charles Ramsey sent every officer a link to the Las Vegas report, so they could see for themselves that it was more an attempt to help officers stay safe and protect citizens than blaming them for their actions.
"Cops are always leery of something," Mr. Ramsey told the Baltimore Sun. "We did as much as we could to alleviate any concerns and fears."