Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore,
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2008
Contact: Max Obuszewski  366-1637 or
Kim Snowden 443-838-3221
VICTIMS OF STATE POLICE SPYING SCANDAL DEMAND COPIES OF FILES & RIGHT TO ATTORNEY
WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore was formed for individuals willing to engage in nonviolent civil resistance to first prevent and later to protest the war in
. It is affiliated with several national peace groups, including the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance and United For Peace & Justice. The Iraq Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty is affiliated with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, a grassroots organization focused on abolishing the death penalty in the U.S.
The Pledge, the Coalition and the Campaign were listed in
Maryland State Police [MSP] documents released by the Attorney General’s office after the Maryland American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit. The documents revealed and detailed many instances of state police officers engaged in illegal surveillance of peace activists and opponents to the death penalty.
On October 7, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee in
When activists contacted the Homeland Security Bureau of the state police, they were informed they could look at their files, but not get copies, nor could they bring an attorney with them. In response, the
WHEN: Friday, October 17, 2008 at noon
WHERE: at State Police headquarters,
WHY: Spying on activists is a travesty of justice, an absolute waste of taxpayer money and an unproductive use of government employees. To compound this disastrous policy decision, the
Activists who received letters from the state police and representatives of groups calling for a real investigation of the spy scandal will speak at the press conference. Copies of the letter delivered to Gov. O’Malley’s representative calling for a complete investigation of the spying will be made available at the press conference. To ensure that the spying is not ongoing or will not be repeated in the future, the progressive community in Maryland is demanding a full investigation to determine who ordered the surveillance, how long it was ongoing, what government officials were involved and what preventive measures will be taken.