In this article on the Urban Shield trade show, October 25-28, 2013 in downtown Oakland, Defending Dissent Foundation examines the Homeland Security honeypot driving the militarizing of America. Like elsewhere in the United States, the Bay Area Homeland Security Strategy is oriented toward enforcing inequality and combating the peace movement. For VIPs of tyranny, the trade show is a chance to show off lethal hardware and intrusive software, while relaxing with fear pimps from the law enforcement consortium feeding at the Homeland Security trough.
Wine and cheese and videos of SWAT teams subduing protestors–what could be better?
Update: Real News interviews Kimber Heinz of War Resisters League about Urban Shield.