Thursday, July 31, 2008

Did He Even Read the Reports?

Governor O'Malley is convening a panel, headed by former Attorney General Stephen Sachs, to review the Maryland State Police surveillance of anti-war and anti-death penalty groups in 2005-2006.

I think we can all agree that this is a good thing. However, something else in the Examiner story jumped off the page at me.

O'Malley also said no information from surveillance was shared with him when he was mayor of Baltimore, even though Baltimore police were regularly made aware of public demonstrations.
Ok, I can buy that, as executives do not involve themselves in the operations of their police intelligence agencies. However, O'Malley goes further:
"But the insinuation that somehow the city police were involved in this in an undercover capacity, there's no evidence of that," O'Malley said.
Sorry Governor, the evidence proves you wrong on that point. Perhaps you need to have Rick Abbruzzese go back and read the December 21, 2005 report, which clearly states:

On December 3, 2005 [redacted] also attended an anti-death penalty protest outside Supermax Prison in Baltimore City. [Redacted] attended in a covert capacity and were covered by two covert officers from Baltimore City Police’s Intelligence Division.
No one is insinuating that the Baltimore City Police Intelligence Division was involved Governor. We don't have to, they were involved. The proof is right there in black and white.


Higgy said...

Steven Sachs was AG under who? By the time he's done the city police will have had nothing to with the surveillance, O'Malley will have known nothing (along with Spendening) and everything will be blamed on Gov. Ehrlich. Like the commission on the death penalty, a white wash waste of my tax money.

justdafacts said...

higgy, the Maryland attorney general, the comptroller, and governor, are elected independently of one another, so Stephen Sachs wasn't AG under anybody.

He is a Democrat, a fact you and others can use in the same manner I use the fact that both the US Attorney for the district of Maryland and the Maryland State Prosecutor are Republicans.

Mark Newgent said...

Ok, but that means absolutely nothing to the fact that O'Malley flat out lied about the BPD's involvement in the operation

justdafacts said...
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justdafacts said...


The quote you provided describes a couple of plainclothes Baltimore police officers joining a large crowd at an outdoor pubic rally with overt police presence. I’m sure police departments do that all the time all over the country, and it’s not spying.

Distinguish that from Maryland state police officers under assumed identities infiltrating meetings between four or five or six harmless if cooky superannuated hippies, followed real spook tradecraft—gaining confidences through one-on-one contacts, snooping at papers in some peacenik office, and other activities detailed in the released documents that I as a Marylander am not proud of.

When the governor said the Baltimore police were not involved in this, he was referring to the latter, not the former.

Note to wiseguys: Being a mainstream liberal, I take license to call the victims of this silly ruse” hippies” and “peaceniks,” with the same dismissive affection one might apply to a crazy old uncle who lives in an attic or something.

I do wonder who is more of a ‘60’s throwback, the hippies or the unknown G-Man at the state police who must have assumed the superannuated hippie by definition belonged on the national drug trafficking database :)

Higgy said...

jdf 2:47A - If you believe they are totally independent in this state there is a bridge in your former state that I hold the deed for. I will give you a good price on it.

Mark Newgent said...


You actually know what he was referring to? You can read O'Malley's mind?

Wow MSP should enlist your preternatual empathic powers instead of playing the spygame.

Covert officers from the Baltimore City Police Intelligence Division are not "plain clothes" cops.

justdafacts said...

No need to read minds, Mark. It's common sense.

The Baltimore police officers blended into a crowd at a public event with heavy overt police presence. Their job was done when the crowd disbursed without incidence.

That's ok, and I'm sure it remains standard operating procedure during rallies large protests in Baltimore and any other American city.

The Maryland state police officers infiltrated a small and harmless circle of left wing activists, pretending to be fellow travelers by using assumed identities, gaining confidences through emails and/or phone conversations, and snooping at papers at their goofy left wing clubhouse, and finally, adding at least one of their of their victims' names to a national database of terrorist drug trafickers, of all things.

That creeps me out, as does the failure of you or anyone else to see the difference.