Maryland anti-terror investigation targeted lawful protestors...
... honestly, this isn't really news. It's obvious that many local police agencies overreached dramatically following 9/11 and in the increasingly paranoid security climate over the next few years. Maryland isn't exactly brimming with terrorists looking for targets, but all that juicy anti-terror funding can surely induce police to label activists and protesters as security threats.
The key thing to remember here is that the Fourth Amendment's protections require probable cause of a crime and a warrant in order to search someone's person or property. But attending a public meeting? Fair game, according to the law. Nonetheless, most people expect the police to exercise more discretion, and not actually send out undercover officers to spy on peaceful activists without something actually illegal to investigate.
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