Md. Peace Activists Post Police Files
Three peace activists who were classified as terrorists in a Maryland State Police database have posted their police files on DC Indymedia, a Washington-area website.
Pat Elder and Nadine Bloch of Montgomery County and Medea Benjamin of San Francisco tell viewers:
"We want to share our Maryland State Police Spy files with you, not so much to draw attention to ourselves, but to heighten public consciousness regarding the outrageous actions of Maryland's State Police and to organize resistance to these encroachments on our civil liberties."
They are three of 53 individuals, from antiabortion to antiwar activists, who were tracked by state police intelligence investigators from 2005 to early 2007. Police have acknowledged that the terrorist designation was a mistake and have pledged to purge the files.
The files and those of 16 other individuals in the database also can be found on the website of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland,which represents almost 30 of the activists.
The groups were monitored in advance of scheduled protests, partly for police to gauge whether the events would draw counterprotestors, said Greg Shipley, a police spokesman.
The activists have scheduled a forum in the District on Saturday sponsored by the Washington Peace Center, "Our Constitutional Rights Are Under Attack."
It will be held from 1:30-4:30 at the MLK Library, 901 G St NW, Room A-5 (Gallery Place/Chinatown).
December 1, 2008; 3:32 PM ET
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