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Maryland State Police surveillance of antiwar and anti-death penalty activists

BALTIMORE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland today [7/17] made public what it called "shocking" documents obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) lawsuit, revealing that the Maryland State Police (MSP) engaged in covert surveillance of local peace and anti-death penalty groups for over a year from 2005-2006. The organization expressed alarm at the incomprehensible spying revealed in 43 pages of summaries and computer logs, none of which refer to criminal or even potentially criminal acts, other than a few isolated references to plans for completely nonviolent civil disobedience.

ACLU of Maryland Executive Director Susan Goering blasted the program as "Un-American," and said, "I fear that the documents released today, which the MSP wrongfully withheld for almost two years, may be only the tip of the proverbial iceberg."

Read the ACLU press release
WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED: Maryland Anti-Death Penalty Activists Speak Out!7/24 @ 2640
Read the documents obtained through the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) lawsuit
Coverage on Democracy Now!
Dave Zirin: COINTELPRO Comes to My Town: My First-Hand Experience With Government Spies
Coverage in the Progressive
Maria Allwine: State police spying is dangerous repression
UPDATE: Dear Maryland Activists (from ACLU of MD)
Ron Kipling Williams: Anti Death Penalty Protestors Speak Out Against State Police Spy Activities



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