Demonstrate Against Police Spying!
Monday, October 27
MD State Police Headquarters
Documents obtained by the ACLU from the MD State Police earlier this year revealed an extensive undercover surveillance program that spied on peaceful anti-death penalty and anti-war protest groups. Despite never finding any evidence of illegal activity, the unconstitutional program continued for over a year.
At a recent legislative hearing investigating this scandal, it was revealed that some 53 of the targeted activists were entered into the police database as terrorists. Now, the MSP is arrogantly refusing to provide these innocent people with copies of their files, offering only a one-time viewing at police headquarters, and even barring the presence of a lawyer. What are the police trying to hide?
At a press conference in the days following the hearing, we demanded that this insulting situation be corrected. One week later, the police have failed to even acknowledge our call. They claim they will destroy the files on November 1st.
As more of the 53 have been notified and come forward, we know the list of "terrorists" spreads far beyond the anti-death penalty and anti-war movements. In an age when dissenting voices need to be heard on many issues, we must have a complete accounting of the MSP's surveillance activity. Join us to push for people to gain access to their bogus "terrorism" files and a full investigation of this outrageous spying campaign.
Call 443-386-8097 for more information.
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Published on Friday, October 24, 2008 by
Doctor Laments Brush-Off of Iraqi War Dead
by Tom Paulson
SEATTLE, WA - Dr. Les Roberts risked his life a few years ago to get some numbers that some people fiercely attack as inaccurate or misleading and that many, many more probably pay little or no attention to.
Roberts, a physician and prominent public health scientist at Columbia University, believes there is solid evidence that something like half a million people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the
An Iraqi woman peeps inside a blood stained car of two women allegedly shot dead by private security guards in central
But a much bigger problem than the numerical disparity, Roberts said, is the simple fact that so few even ask.
"I think it's important that every American understand the true magnitude of this tragedy," said Roberts. Unfortunately, he added, few in the media or in government appear to want to draw attention to the deaths that have so severely altered the life of nearly every Iraqi.
In 2004, Roberts and colleagues sneaked into
"To help people understand this, given the population of
Another report, issued in January, estimated that 151,000 Iraqis died from violence between March 2003 and June 2006. The estimate was based on projections by the Iraqi government and the World Health Organization.
"Gen. (David) Petraeus testified earlier this year about how few deaths we're seeing in
"Everybody wants to believe things are getting better because Republicans want to declare victory and Democrats want an excuse to get out," Roberts said. Meanwhile, he said, the media continue to ignore the issue.
"My professional life and purpose is based on the belief that valid data, most of the time, lead toward truth and that truth can lead toward justice," Roberts said.
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