We are ready to send the letter to the governor. Let me know if your organization wants to sign on, if you have not contacted me before. If you told me you were signing on in the past, there is no need to respond unless you have changed your mind. Let us hope the governor responds affirmatively. If not, I will see you at the governor’s mansion on February 7 at noon. Best wishes.
January 24, 2009
Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore
Governor Martin O'Malley
Officer of the Governor
Dear Governor O'Malley:
The public and the activist community of
Thus we are appealing to you to instruct the MSP to release all relevant documents immediately to the ACLU as required by the
We condemn the surveillance as an utterly gross violation of the First Amendment rights of freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and freedom of legitimate and nonviolent protest. Representatives of the State Police claim the surveillance has stopped. But we were told, as well, that the surveillance was limited to the years of 2005-06. Later we learned that the surveillance continued into at least 2007.
You appointed Stephen H. Sachs, former
Because of these unanswered questions, we have contacted our legislators in both
are working with the ACLU to obtain all relevant documents from the various police and federal agencies and to get
comprehensive legislation passed during the 2009 legislative session in
whenever hearings are held.
A similar scandal in
individuals starting in the 1960s. As a result of the revelations, the
Unfortunately, legislation was not passed to prevent misuse of police resources to spy on people engaged in Constitutionally
protected behavior. This time, it is imperative that legislation is passed which will protect the First Amendment rights of
Appropriate legislation in
surveillance of dissident activity has been exposed in numerous states across the country.
We are still seeking an apology from the State Police, from any official of the State government involved in initiating and maintaining this surveillance, and from members of any other police or federal agency involved. There must be public accountability and a thorough investigation.
We look forward to your response, so that a meeting can be set up with a small group of us to discuss our concerns. Please contact me at 410-366-1637 or email@example.com.
SIGNED AND ENDORSED BY THE FOLLOWING GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS: