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Ever since 9/11, the ACLU of Maryland has partnered with the national ACLU to combat head-on the misconception that there is a dichotomy between security and liberty. We believe in protecting the rule of law, fundamental privacy protections and our system of checks and balances. Our work has included a public records request that uncovered illegal government spying on peaceful activists, a campaign against unlawful provisions of the Patriot Act, and opposition to state efforts to authorize tracking technologies used by law enforcement without warrants. 

 

Recent Activity - Press room

Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana, Limit Location Tracking and License Plate Readers, and Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

News article, April 14, 2014

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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No Drones Without a Warrant

News article, March 18, 2013

Bill would prohibit Maryland law enforcement from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant

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ACLU Testifies Against NDAA Detention

News article, February 21, 2013

Bill opposes Maryland involvement in civilian detentions

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ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

News article, July 30, 2012

Info Sought on How Cameras are Used by 
Police Agencies and How Data is Stored

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Maryland ACLU Endorses Proposed Takoma Park NDAA Resolution

News article, April 19, 2012

Maryland affiliate and County Chapter cosponsor NDAA forum

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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State Police Heavily Redacted Spy Files Show No Illegal Activity by Activists

News article, November 19, 2010

Spying Also Revealed to Occur Over Longer Time Period

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Leaders of CCAN Wrongfully Named As Terrorists, Tracked in Maryland State Police Criminal Database

News article, October 23, 2010

Md. Environmental Groups Join Call for Justice and Reform

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ACLU Defends Rights of Innocent People Named as Terrorists t

News article, October 9, 2010

Governor Asked to Allow them to Copy Files and Benefit from Counsel

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ACLU Rebuts State Police Attempt to Duck Political Spying Inquiry

News article, August 25, 2010

There are strong indications that MSP may be withholding other documents relevant to surveillance of peaceful activists

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ACLU Commends Governor for Appointing Former AG Sachs to Investigate MSP Spying

News article, July 31, 2010

Mr. Sachs has long been a respected voice for the Bill of Rights

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ACLU Lawsuit Uncovers State Police Spying on Activists

News article, July 17, 2010

Targets are Peace and Anti-Death Penalty Groups

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ACLU Files Lawsuit to Obtain Information Related to Government Spying on Peace Groups

News article, June 12, 2010

Concerned that the MSP are hiding information related to surveillance of local peace activists and groups

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Bill to Ban Police Spying on Peaceful Activists Introduced Today by Legislative Leaders

News article, January 22, 2010

Bill will codify the recommendation of the Sachs Report

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