Thursday, April 30, 2015

Northbay CopWatch

Know your local domestic security agencies.
This archive contains information about security agencies operating in the San Pablo Bay Area  engaging in human rights abuse, surveillance and harassment against people of lower-income, members of captive nations, and against individuals based on their political or religious beliefs. This list is woefully incomplete.
Note: All [links] go to a page on the Northbay Copwatch archive, and do not connect to the websites of the agency described.
Read: "7 Examples of a “Police State,” and How They Are Appearing in the U.S." [link].

Municipal and County security agencies:

** All security agencies are deputized against dissidents through the DHS Fusion Centers [link]
** See the weapons, vehicles, and other equipment police in your area have acquired from the military. Searchable by state and county. []
** By Government Code Section 3307, Peace Officers cannot be required to take polygraph examinations, a privilege that does not exist for State or Federal employees of the FBI, CIA, or many other public-sector security agencies.
** Police hiring policies legally discriminate against high IQ applicants, court ruling [link]
Also see: Judicial Corruption [link]

Solano County -
* Solano County Sheriff's Department
* Vallejo Police Department
* Vacaville Police Department
* Dixon Police Department
* Fairfield Police Department
* Benicia Police Department
* Suisun Police Department

Napa County -
* Napa County Sheriff's Department
* Napa City Police Department
* American Canyon Police Department
* Calistoga Police Department
* St. Helena Police Department
* Yountville Police Department

Contra Costa County -
* Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department

* Antioch Police Department [link]
* Richmond Police Department
* Concord Police Department
* Walnut Creek Police Department
* Martinez Police Department
* Alamo Police Department

Sonoma County -
Sonoma County Sheriff's Department [link]
* Sonoma City
Police Department
* Rohnert Park
Police Department
* Sebastopol
Police Department
* Santa Rosa
Police Department
* Petaluma
Police Department
Also see:
* "Police Brutality is on the Rise: 17 local case histories" (Sonoma County), published 2000 [link]

* Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Dept., sharing visual and meta-data about human-rights advocates riding the BART train.

California State security agencies:
* California Highway Patrol (CHP)
* California State Military Department [link]
* California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Federal security agencies:
* The Federal Intelligence Community (IC) [link], centralizing 17 public-sector security agencies.
* Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [link], an agency which is used against domestic dissent.
* California National Guard (a Federal agency) and suppression of dissent in eastern Europe [link]
* Suspicious Activity Reporting program [link]
* Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) [link]
* Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [link]
* United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police
* U.S. Air Force Security Forces [], an agency which monitors peace activists.
National Security Agency (NSA) [link]
* DHS Office for State and Local Law Enforcement [link]
* National Fusion Center Coordination Group
* DHS Citizen Corps Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) & USAonWatch
* Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)
* "Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (Bay Area UASI)", administered at the federal level by DHS. Part of the "Cytel, LLC/Urban Shield" scandal (2014) [link].
 * National Counterterrorism Center, "for tracking individuals with suspected links to international terrorism", including donation-based medical & children's aid, for the purpose of targeted surveillance, harassment, and kidnapping.
* Directorate of Terrorist Identities (DTI), and their Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), including the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) [link]

* How We Got From 9/11 to Massive NSA Spying on Americans: A Timeline, 2001 to 2013 [link]

Also see:
JTRIG tools and techniques (updated 2012-07-05) []

Other domestic security operatives:
* Grand Jury investigations [link]

Transnational security agencies:
The objective of allowing transnational security agencies to operate within the USA against dissidents is to maintain collective security for USA allies. Networks, best described as Public-sector Transnational ICs, are listed here. Their Private-sector entities are too numerous to list.
* "Five Eyes" (USA, UKGB, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) [link]
Republic of (South) Korea security agencies, including the Korean CIA
* State of Israel [link]: Beginning 2003, Israeli police forces and associated Israeli funded agencies have organized law enforcement trainings with Federal, municipal and state security agencies, with live trainings in Israel, by Israeli police and counter-terrorism units. These trainings are to normalize the use of "counter-terrorism" tactics against all suspects, especially against political protesters!!
For example, Los Angeles Police Officers attack human-rights activist who shows solidarity with the People of Palestine (2014-07-08) [link]
* Republic of Colombia: Targeting and disrupting "Latin American leftists"
* United States of Mexico: Targeting and disrupting "Mexican American leftists"

Private sector security agencies: 
* Meet the Contractors Turning America's Police Into a Paramilitary Force [link]
* INFRAGARD: The FBI's private union with "Wall Street" security agencies
GEOCOP, a private software program for monitoring openly available online messages. See: "Huntsville student explains tweets that led to spying on students" (2014-09-25) [ link] []
* Chevron
* Union Pacific Police Department [link]
* Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
* Law Enforcement intelligence Unit (LEIU)
* International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
* National Sheriff's Association
* Private Patrols used to supplement Police presence
* Police SWAT teams, overseen by Law Enforcement Councils (LEC), are incorporating as private entities with no public oversight [link]
* TrapWire [link]
* Media journalists providing information to police about political activities [link]
* "Anarchists", funded by security agencies both public and private... [link]
Beware, also, of private professional clandestine agents, who, as individuals for hire, infiltrate and disrupt democratic campaigns for dignity and human rights, oftentimes sharing their privately collected intelligence to public sector security agencies, including municipal police departments.

Security agencies conduct operations against political opposition:
Domestic security agencies are targeting non-violent advocates for peace, justice, and freedom in the San Pablo bay area and neighboring regions, under the definition of what constitutes terrorism, not because of any violent actions, but to stifle dissent. Although there is no universal definition of terrorism, Title 22 of the U.S. Code, Section 2656f(d) defines terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.
A war against dissent. Former NSA Director Keith Alexander privately receives up to a million dollars a month, due to a cyber-surveillance technique he and his partners at his new security firm IronNet Cybersecurity have developed, and he is slated to head a 'cyber-war council' backed by Wall Street against domestic and foreign resistance to corporate policies. []
Brazil, 1979 to 1985, a regime of public and private sector security agencies acting in collusion against Labor Unions and Human Rights advocates [link].

* Security agencies fabricate incidents to justify their actions against advocates for Peace, Justice and Freedom [link]
* Collective Coercion in the USA is similar to how its done in China [link]
* Disruption of human-rights gathering at Port of Oakland (2014-08-01) [link]
* United Farm Workers (UFW) union email service hit by systemwide stoppage (2014-07-25) [link]
* Recent visits with political activists by FBI in San Francisco, New York city, Chicago (2014-07-02) [link]
* "Surveillance of American Muslims Underscores Lack of Safeguards" [link]
* Security agency intimidation tactics [link]
* Solidarity with Cyndi Mitchell, advocate of Justice for her brother Mario Romero [link], under threat by Vallejo PD and their allies (updated February, 2014).
* Northbay MDS: Disruptions and other strange things (work in progress) [link]
* Oakland Police provide political affiliation information to private business for purpose of intimidating targeted dissidents (reported October, 2013) [link].
* On October 29, 2013, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz police filmed union members striking.
* Oakland Police use military methods to terrorize and torture anti-war protesters, April 7th, 2003.
* Our neighbor, an anti-racist, white-American, named Linda L R Roberts of Sacramento, writes Nov. 9th, 2013: "So, neighbors were told to do a citizens arrest on the large group of thugs on 10th Avenue near me. Today at the anti police brutality demo, there were 7 cops sitting around for about an hour." David A. of Sacramento adds: "+ 2 snipers on the 2nd floor parking garage and the cop with subdued patch on orange motorcycle. What a waste of all that money and resources, so they can harass people who are grieving."

* “Banners will keep me away” letter from Miriam Schidfman, Alameda to the editor of “San Francisco Chronicle”, January 20th, 2014 []: Banners hung in San Francisco streets with an antiabortion (and incorrect) message (City Insider Jan. 15) lead me to believe that the city officially agrees with the message. These, plus the fact that police were photographing pro-choice protesters on the sidelines (myself included) along the Embarcadero during one of the antiabortion marches, are the reasons I will not be visiting San Francisco so long as those banners are up.   
** “War on Terror Witchhunt: Protest FBI Raids on Leftists, Union Activists!", 2010-10-08 from "Worker's Vanguard" []: The June Supreme Court ruling expanded what constitutes “material support” to include the exercise of the rights of speech and association, which are supposedly protected by the First Amendment. The ruling was in response to a case brought by the Humanitarian Law Project and other groups and individuals who wanted to advise the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on how to appeal to the United Nations for peaceful resolution of their struggles. The LTTE and PKK had long been targets of the wars waged by the U.S.-supported Sri Lankan and Turkish governments against the oppressed Tamil and Kurdish national minorities. The Court’s decision essentially criminalized any activity that is considered as giving legitimacy to “terrorists.” This could include anything from donating money to Muslim charities to interviewing a guerrilla fighter for the press. The secular nationalist LTTE and PKK had made it onto the State Department hit list because they fought a desperate struggle against regimes allied with the U.S. In ruling against the Humanitarian Law Project, the Supreme Court declared outright: “Providing foreign terrorist groups with material support in any form also furthers terrorism by straining the United States’ relationships with its allies.” A mere three months later, the Feds launched their attack against leftist activists.
** CHP and Eureka police torture, terrorize, attempt to kill senior citizens advocating for preservation of Redwoods (2011-02) [link]
** How one snitch could bring national media attention to your campaign (2008) [link]

Police State Fascism
Killed by Police [], a database of extrajudicial murder and officer involved fatalities, updated constantly.
* More Police In Schools Leads to More Students Under Arrest [link]
* "Fees, Fines, and Debt: How Governments and Companies are Jailing Poor People to Make a Buck" [link]
* War against Dissent by private clandestine services [link]
Reform addressing human and civil-rights abuses by Clandestine Agencies is a facade [link]

Police State Technology
* Automated License Plate Readers [link]
* Saturation coverage of surveillance drones [link]
* Stingray device [link]
* Organized Stalking and Electronic Harassment: [link]
* Online Slander campaign [link]
* Security agencies routinely infiltrate social media to monitor and direct online discourse, engage in smear campaigns against targeted victims [link]
* Google is an extension of Military and Clandestine agencies [link]
* Indications that Facebook monitors and interferes with dissidents [link]
* "Meet the Data Brokers Who Help Corporations Sell Your Digital Life" [link]
* Pattern of cyber-attacks against "leftist" populist news journals [link]
* US Military study social media trends for use against democracy campaigns [link]
* manipulates targeted user pages to influence long-term moods [link]
* Federally Mandated Internet Snooping [link]

Organized cover-ups of the "Thin Blue Line"
* The case of Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot [link]
* A blatant example of the methods for covering up systematic terror by security agencies, read the story behind the campaign for Justice for Aloni, innocent victim of police torture (Los Angeles, 2013-03) [link]. This story is amazing! The California Highway Patrol, District Attorneys, even nurses continue to try to justify the actions of Officer Jose A. Ramirez, B# 17598. This abuse of power is a huge mistake that creates a bigger gap of mistrust between law enforcement and the community. The criminal "injustice" system in place sends a clear message to people who suffer police violence: THE STATE PROTECTS OFFICERS.
* Successful Cover-Up: Victor White [link]
* Also see the "Thin Red Line" of the firefighters [link]

Know Your Rights!
* "Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters" [link]
* "10 Ways to Outfox Cops That Are Abusing Their Powers to Trick You" article [link]
* "10 Rules for Dealing with Police" video information [link]
* Advice from "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" [link]
* Advice from "Flex Your Rights" [link]
* You Have the Right to Remain Silent: NLG Guide to Law Enforcement Encounters [link]
* The "Right to Remain Silent" [link] is admissible only after you are read your "Miranda Rights" during an arrest, and your silence can be used against you in a court of law.
* National Lawyer's Guild (NLG) National Hotline for activists contacted by the FBI: 888-654-3265 
* Tips for Activists dealing with Police disruption [link]
* The Bay Area Committee to Resist Political Repression (BACRPR) []
* "Protect Yourself from FBI Manipulation" (w/ attorney Harvey Silverglate) [link]
* Social Media Security: How to turn off commercial spying on your Facebook account [link]

Start a community watch network!
* Copwatch listings [link]
* Copwatch newswires [link]
* "Police the Police" []

"Community Control of the Police!"
The Other Side of the COIN: Counterinsurgency and Community Policing [link]
* REPLACE the Police, defeat Fascism and it's occupational army!! [link]
* Alternatives to Police [link]
(graphic art by Emory Douglass, of the Black Panther Party, April 4th, 1971)