Tag Archives: surveillance

Legislative forum Q&A gets answers on SWAT, trial boards, profiling, immigration enforcement, surveillance

A legislative forum hosted by Progressive Neighbors last Sunday, January 8, at Silver Spring Civic Center yielded insights into state and county civil rights and civil liberties issues during audience questions. SWAT reporting, civilian trial board participation Thomas Nephew (MCCRC) … Continue reading

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Van Hollen, Raskin, Flowers, twenty other MD candidates respond to MCCRC/Peace Action questionnaire

Twenty three candidates for Senate and 3d, 6th, and 8th Congressional District Representative seats have responded to a 13 part questionnaire circulated by MCCRC and Peace Action Montgomery.  The questionnaire and links to election pages and candidate questionnaire pages can … Continue reading

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BORDC/DDF’s Sue Udry: FBI iPhone demand seeks “crow bar” into our lives

[Yesterday, activists held a protest in Washington DC against the FBI’s efforts to compel Apple to help break the encryption of an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. MCCRC supported the demonstration with email alerts, and BORDC/DDF … Continue reading

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MCCRC 2016 Annapolis legislative tracker

During the coming weeks, MCCRC will be maintaining a list of pending Maryland legislation of particular significance to civil rights and civil liberties in our state. The list — embedded below — is annotated with current MCCRC positions (the first … Continue reading

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MCCRC testimony on HB257 historical location data bill by Del. Moon

MCCRC submitted written testimony today in support of an “admirably succinct” bill, HB257, by Delegate David Moon (D-20, Montgomery County) that would address a major loophole in Maryland electronic surveillance law: the ability to view historical location data. By adding … Continue reading

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MCCRC “favorable with amendments” position on HB627, the ACLU body camera bill

MCCRC revised its formal position on proposed body camera legislation from opposition to SB482 to “favorable with amendments” for HB627— the best of three body camera bills considered by the House Judiciary Committee.  (The text of our statement is reproduced … Continue reading

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Maryland body camera legislation – on its way to “worse than nothing”

Three body camera bills were considered by the Maryland House Judiciary committee on March 12.  Their statuses, as of this morning, are: HB308 (Conaway: video cameras ) – Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (no motion) HB533 (Sydnor: surveillance exception )  – … Continue reading

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Experts from broad coalition conduct briefing on bipartisan Surveillance State Repeal Act

As reported in ThinkProgress and elsewhere, experts from across the political spectrum convened in the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday afternoon to strongly advocate the Surveillance State Repeal Act (SSRA) before an audience of press, public, and congressional staff.  … Continue reading

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Press release, Rep. Mark Pocan: Pocan & Massie Introduce Legislation to Repeal PATRIOT Act

Legislation would end NSA Dragnet Collection of Personal Communications Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act. The legislation would repeal dragnet federal surveillance laws, while overhauling the NSA’s … Continue reading

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March 12th Annapolis rally and hearings build case for police reforms

A brisk, bright early spring day provided the perfect backdrop for a stirring rally for police reform on Annapolis’s “Lawyers Mall” last Thursday. Speakers at the rally included Adam Jackson (Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle), Sara Love (ACLU MD), Gerald … Continue reading

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