If dissent is the highest form of patriotism, the national terror watchlist is full of Americans who love their country, courtesy of the Maryland State Police:
[A]n undercover Maryland State Police trooper between 2005 and 2007 infiltrated more than two dozen rallies and meetings of nonviolent groups.
Maryland officials now concede that, based on information gathered by "Lucy" and others, state police wrongly listed at least 53 Americans as terrorists in a criminal intelligence database — and shared some information about them with half a dozen state and federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.
Lucy makes no distinction among patriotic dissenters, left or right. Among those whose names are now on the government's blacklist, probably until the day they die, are pro-life demonstrators, anti-war protesters, religious pacifists, and two Catholic nuns. None of whom, it should be added, behaved violently or advocated the overthrow of the United States government. To the credit of the Maryland State Police, at least one is probably guilty of aggravated puppetry:
One suspect's file warned that she was "involved in puppet making and allows anarchists to utilize her property for meetings."
During the recent election, many complained vociferously about the activities of a certain voting registration group, some of whose employees apparently made up names of registrants, or picked names from lists at random in order to fill a quota. Some even suggested RICO prosecutions against ACORN, whose activities, it was claimed, undermined public faith in elections and government.
In this case, "Lucy" (whom the Maryland State Police refuse to name) will probably go unprosecuted, and may even keep her job. We just don't know, because this is a matter of state security, and the state isn't telling. But Lucy wasn't doing anything different from what the people at ACORN were doing. She was filling a quota, making it up at random, pumping out a list of names without regard for the consequences.
Will those who railed at ACORN now demand that "Lucy" and her sort face prosecution for what they've done? Some surely will, but I suspect the majority won't. They know that if they complain too loudly, they're likely to wind up on some list.