Maryland Governor Orders Investigation of Spying by State Troopers

By Matthew Rothschild |

Maryland Governor Orders Investigation of Spying by State Troopers

On July 31, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appointed the former attorney general of the state Stephen Sachs to head up an independent investigation of the spying by state troopers.

“I would like to be able to assure the public that this has been thoroughly investigated
and reviewed,” the governor said, according to an account in The Washington Post.

The ACLU recently revealed that Maryland state troopers had been spying on and
infiltrating groups that opposed the Iraq War and the death penalty.

And I interviewed one of those activists who was targeted.

The announcement of the Sachs investigation, which is expected to last a month or two, is “an important step forward,” the ACLU said. “We believe that this important investigation of serious infractions of Marylanders’ most basic freedoms is now in good hands.”