Misplaced police zeal ==> lost rights

In “Spying on pacifists, environmentalists and nuns,” Los AngelesTimes reporter Bob Drogin wrote about the activities of a law-enforcement official who did exactly the kinds of things about which people have been fretting ever since the changes in US laws started slipping down the slope of eroding citizens’ civil rights. Mr. Drogin describes how a person he calls “Lucy” identified nuns, a former congressional candidate, a pacifist, and others to a list of terrorists.

“At one demonstration, I remember her showing up with a laptop computer and typing away,” said Mike Stark, who helped lead the anti-death-penalty march in Baltimore that day. “We all thought that was odd.”

Not really. The woman was an undercover Maryland State Police trooper who between 2005 and 2007 infiltrated more than two dozen rallies and meetings of nonviolent groups.

Maryland officials now concede that, based on information gathered by “Lucy” and others, state police wrongly listed at least 53 Americans as terrorists in a criminal intelligence database — and shared some information about them with half a dozen state and federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.

Link to Mr. Drogin’s article.

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