It has been revealed that Maryland State Police illegally spied on peace groups and those opposed to the death penalty. Baltimore Sun. Democracy Now. According to documents discovered by the ACLU, “police monitored and entered the names of activists in a law enforcement database of people suspected of being terrorists or drug traffickers.” This was done for over a year, in 2005 and 2006, under the administration of former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
Some of the documents are labeled “Terrorism–Anti-War Protesters” and “Terrorism–Anti-Govern.” Others bear the label, “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Case Explorer.” Information gathered was shared with the NSA according to one document. It also shows these groups suspected that the government was spying on them.