The Spies Among Us ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Spies Among Us

In case you've been asleep for the past week or two, which might not have been a bad idea, you may not know that our own state police have been spying on us--at least those active in the peace movement. And in case you were wondering what CP thinks about it, well let's just say THAT I AM OUTRAGED!!!!!! There now. That's better.

Please stand with us to oppose police spying. The American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU of Maryland calls upon all organizers and activists to attend the public hearing on Tuesday October 7, 2008, 1:30 pm, Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Second Floor, Miller Senate Office Building here in Annapolis.

Your presence will make a significant difference at this important briefing. This hearing is the first public accounting by the Maryland State Police of the extent of its wrongful spying on political groups discovered by the ACLU of Maryland in July. It is important that there be a strong showing from all organizations and activists at this hearing.

When law enforcement spies on lawful political groups and compiles dossiers on our political beliefs a shadow is cast across the First Amendment that reaches us all. It is important for our lawmakers to know that we expect to live in a free government where we are not criminalized for what we believe or for peacefully organizing to promote those beliefs.

Please RSVP to to say you will join us at this hearing. To learn more about the state police spying issue, go our website:

And The Capital's Eric Hartley weighs in on this as well at: Hartley-spies. I so hate to keep giving The Capital free publicity, but... a blogger's job is rarely easy.

So this is what it has come to. Not only is peace not patriotic, it is dangerous to the state. Well, many of us have known that all along and we might have figured it out even before reading Orwell's 1984.

And if you are not familiar with COINTELPRO, I suggest you look it up. And on a final note, I would think that the folks who were being infiltrated must have already figured out who are the informers. Of course, he or she was spying on pacifists, so he or she's not likely to get........whacked..... as a result. Now, if they had been spying on war groups.....he or she would already be in the witness protection program.

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