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Md. ACLU seeks other targets of state police spying

September 30, 2008

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it will file public information requests to determine if state police surveilled activist groups other than those it has already admitted to tracking.

ACLU attorney David Rocah said Tuesday that the requests cover groups that advocate for a variety of issues, including two that have learned that they were under police surveillance. Rocah says the other groups may have been surveilled based on the reasons state police gave for the surveillance of the anti-war and death penalty opposition groups.

State police have said a pending execution prompted the surveillance of death penalty and anti-war groups, and the surveillance ended once the execution was postponed. However, the ACLU has said that doesn't explain why anti-war groups were targeted.

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