O'Malley Welcomes Hearing On "Waste Of Police Resources"
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said today that he welcomes legislative hearings on state police surveillance of peace activists and death penalty opponents that took place under his Republican predecessor.
"I think they want to ask the same questions that all of us have," O'Malley told reporters. "At best, it was a waste of police resources."
The governor fielded questions about the hearing following an event in Baltimore County at which he signed an executive order establishing a Maryland Drug and Alcohol Council.
Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said yesterday that his panel will question police officials about why they perceived the activists as public-safety threats, when their organizing activities were nonviolent.
At least two intelligence agents infiltrated the activists' meetings and rallies over 14 months in 2005 and 2006, while Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) was governor, according to documents released to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland last week.
-- John Wagner & Lisa Rein
July 22, 2008; 2:09 PM ET
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