Police Spying More Extensive Than Previously Known

The Washington Post shows the extent to which surveillance was being abused by the Maryland State Police:

The Maryland State Police surveillance of advocacy groups was far more extensive than previously acknowledged, with records showing that troopers monitored — and labeled as terrorists — activists devoted to such wide-ranging causes as promoting human rights and establishing bike lanes.

Intelligence officers created a voluminous file on Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, calling the group a “security threat” because of concerns that members would disrupt the circus. Angry consumers fighting a 72 percent electricity rate increase in 2006 were targeted. The DC Anti-War Network, which opposes the Iraq war, was designated a white supremacist group, without explanation.

One of the possible “crimes” in the file police opened on Amnesty International, a world-renowned human rights group: “civil rights.”

According to hundreds of pages of newly obtained police documents, the groups were swept into a broad surveillance operation that started in 2005 with routine preparations for the scheduled executions of two men on death row.

The operation has been called a “waste of resources” by the current police superintendent and “undemocratic” by the governor.

Over-reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks created the atmosphere which led to such abuses of civil liberties. Stephen H. Sachs, a former U.S. attorney and state attorney general appointed to review the case noted that “…9/11 created an atmosphere where cutting corners was easier.” By responding to 9/11 in this manner in Maryland, as well as in other states, agencies of the government played right into al Qaeda’s hands.

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    Oracle consult says:

    Millions of Americans are regularly hurt by adverse (& incorrect) data without their knowledge in employment decisions in hiring, retaining and promoting. This is done with the tacit support of government entities protecting “investigative” systems and records. As an individual you will not be able to obtain any records, FOIA and PA requests notwithstanding. However, if you’re a corporation or business entity as defined in tier 1 or 2 of federal acquisition regulations, you should be able to obtain a “suitability” finding in minutes. – A Do Not Work (Non-suitable) List. It is kind of like a “NO FLY” list except for the number of suicides. – shock n’ awe – Govt and Corp Attorneys working in partnership

    MD State Police data acquisitions supported by Feds

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