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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:35 AM
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20 year old spies on Maryland targets. i.e. pacifists, environmentalists & nuns.
To friends in the protest movement, Lucy was an eager 20-something who attended their events and sent encouraging e-mails to support their causes.

Only one thing seemed strange.

"At one demonstration, I remember her showing up with a laptop computer and typing away," said Mike Stark, who helped lead the anti-death-penalty march in Baltimore that day. "We all thought that was odd."

Not really. The woman was an undercover Maryland State Police trooper who between 2005 and 2007 infiltrated more than two dozen rallies and meetings of nonviolent groups.

Maryland officials now concede that, based on information gathered by "Lucy" and others, state police wrongly listed at least 53 Americans as terrorists in a criminal intelligence database -- and shared some information about them with half a dozen state and federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.

Among those labeled as terrorists: two Catholic nuns, a former Democratic congressional candidate, a lifelong pacifist and a registered lobbyist. One suspect's file warned that she was "involved in puppet making and allows anarchists to utilize her property for meetings."

"There wasn't a scintilla of illegal activity" going on, said David Rocah, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit and in July obtained the first surveillance files. State police have released other heavily redacted documents.


http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na...
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:39 AM
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1. J. Edgar Hoover and Bull Conner are looking up and smiling at the activites of these thugs in Maryla
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:49 AM
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2. The smart thing to do would have been to meet her at her home address...
I remember my former pastor dropping by our house to pay the family a little visit and answer any questions we might have. Why can't activist organizers try the same thing to weed out the scabs?
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tuckessee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:50 AM
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3. Just another reason why many decent law-abiding Americans think of police as....
.....fucking pigs.

That bitch and her superiors probably broke more laws during her little snitch stint than I and most other DU'ers have in our entire lives.

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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:20 PM
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10. It makes you wonder what you've been brought up to believe.
What makes a good citizen and what doesn't? If these innocuous organizations are suddenly worth the government's time to spy on, is it because everything else about our society is out of kilter? Are the people suddenly the enemy because corporations have all the power and they have managed to squelch any ability of the common folk to organize against them?
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:24 AM
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18. Of course, you're right.
Something is seriously messed up when the FBI thinks pacifists are some kind of threat.
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:54 AM
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4. Well, puppets are creepy
especially those punch and judy ones.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:36 PM
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9. Lucy the puppet
Good effing grief. It's that easy to destroy some of the best citizens' lives.
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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:27 AM
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5. "State police have released other heavily redacted documents."
Whatcha got to hide, boys?

:eyes:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:21 PM
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11. What, indeed?
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:31 AM
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6. Thank God this was limited to only Maryland!
:sarcasm:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:22 PM
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12. Frankly, gathering information on the neighbors seems to be a pastime
around my community.
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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:34 AM
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7. We need to see some photos of Lucy. Out the snitch!
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Fire_Medic_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 11:03 AM
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23. Especially if she is hot!
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:32 PM
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8. Echo....
Echo
Echo
Echo
Echo...
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:30 PM
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13. Fucking infiltrators.
We get them all the time in the animal rights movement. Thankfully, at least in my personal experience, they're too fucking stupid to get anywhere.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:18 PM
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14. JFC - no wonder I always get the wand at airports.
How corrupted do you have to have been to target pacifists, environmentalists & nuns?
This is how Republicons spend our taxes.
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:29 PM
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15. I got an e-mail from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network letting me know our group was spied on
because, doncha know, we advocate terrorist activities like promoting solar power and educating people about the dangers of global warming. Yep, we're dangerous. You better watch out for us.

Oh, and if they contact you about me, please don't tell them that I recycle, use public transportation and carpool. These three activities might be enough to send me to Gitmo.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:46 AM
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17. We need to find out what it is they're thinking. Why are they making
these decisions? Some of the more timid citizens would be attracted to these seemingly innocuous organizations, so this would discourage them completely.
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Cults4Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:11 AM
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16. They sound like leftists, so who cares right?
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 08:11 AM by Cults4Bush
If Obama doesnt put a stop to this shit were as screwned as ever.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:55 AM
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19. snitch on your neighbors! it's the american way!
:sarcasm:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:59 AM
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20. Don't laugh. It's the truth.
Or I must live in the most repressed city on the face of the planet.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:59 AM
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21. now that she was unmasked, she should have consented to an interview
or at least had her real name given.....

i wonder what finally gave her away?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 11:01 AM
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22. I just want to know what they told her to turn her.
This sounds so much like 1984.
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natrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 11:05 AM
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24. she should be put in jail and exposed as policemen and you know what they do to cops in jail
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