Safe and Free


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 - Legal cases

ARCHIVE: Hassan Sader vs. American Airlines

Legal case, November 18, 2015

in 2002, the ACLU of Maryland represented a U.S. citizen of Moroccan descent who was removed from an American Airlines flight because a passenger was not comfortable sitting next to him and because his name was Hassan.


Automatic License Plate Readers

Legal case, July 30, 2012

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


Maryland State Police Spying on Peaceful Political Protest Groups

Legal case, June 12, 2008

Between March 2005 and May 2006, the Maryland State Police's Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau undertook a campaign of infiltrating and monitoring peaceful political protest groups (from across the political spectrum) in Maryland, and falsely labeled activists in those groups as terrorists in state criminal intelligence databases.