The Courant reports on this highly disturbing piece of news from 2006:
The state police Central Criminal Intelligence Unit set up a surveillance operation to watch Green Party supporters during an Oct. 18, 2006, gubernatorial campaign debate at the studios of WVIT, Channel 30, in West Hartford.
The police were on the alert for a protest by Green Party supporters who were upset that their candidate for governor, Cliff Thornton, was not being allowed in debates between Democrat John DeStefano and incumbent Gov. M. Jodi Rell. The Greens had protested a week or so earlier outside a debate in New London.
The criminal intelligence unit’s surveillance of citizens at a political event was a police operation above and beyond the normal protection provided to Rell by her regular state police security detail.(Lender)
What possible reason could police have had to set up a surveillance operation to watch peaceful Green Party protesters at a political event?
How many other times have citizens been watched by police while exercising their right to free assembly and free speech?
The police need to answer these questions.
Lender, Jon. “Surveillance Of Citizens Bared In Files.” Hartford Courant 31 May, 2009.