At approximately 11:15 AM on Friday, February 28th, a Joshua from Oakland became the 5000th person to sign the petition to oppose the Domain Awareness Center in Oakland. Dan Siegel, outspoken anti-DAC civil rights attorney, was seconds behind, clicking in at 5001.
Like the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae against 100,000 Persians, The Oakland Privacy Group (which sponsored the petition) is battling against forces which it cannot, in theory, defeat: The National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Oakland’s insatiable appetite for grant funding, no matter the source.
Although there were 300 Spartans present at the defense of Thermopylae, there were at least 4000 allies involved on the first two days and 1500 men involved in the fatal last stand.
Like the Spartans, OPG has allies. Community organizations, civil liberties groups, sane people across the Bay Area who just think that the whole idea of a spy center is crazy, and 5000 petition signatories, a large number of them residents of Oakland. They have all have spoken out loudly and clearly:
The only good DAC is a dead DAC.
We, collectively, may or may not defeat this modern monument to Big Brother; the City Council may or may not listen. But as Simonides of Ceos might have said of this battle:
Join us on March 4th to Flood City Hall and Sink the DAC.