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George Nilson

A month later, Baltimore police surveillance program still shrouded in secrecy

A month later, Baltimore police surveillance program still shrouded in secrecy

A month after being revealed for the first time, the aerial surveillance program that the Baltimore Police Department has repeatedly insisted was never secret remains heavily shrouded from the public.

"Secrecy is not the correct word because it's not a secret spy program. That is absolutely false. This is not a secret program," said T.J. Smith, the department's chief spokesman, after a report revealed Aug. 23 that the department was using a private company to conduct aerial surveillance of vast swaths of the city from a small Cessna plane flying thousands of feet above.

The public was unaware of the program, as were Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore...

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