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From: Finn, Maria To: Tuma , Gary; Kelchner, Amy (GOV); Smith, Michael (GOV) Cc: French, Robert; Powers, James Sent: Thu Sep 16 13:57 :21 2010 Subject: FW: Statement from the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response

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, Forexampl.e, in May' 2010 ITRR'sTargeted Action~bleMonitoring Center (TAM-C) informed cji.ents of "foGusec;l anti-gay chatter amo.ng White supremacists and eXtremist •militia:supporters. ':We' noted ~hat:.'Gay pride" e\(ents recently served as trigger events for

 

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Thus'; the ITRRbri~fingconcluded, "based on general analysis and international case study debriefing, TAM-C anali~ts recommend a somewhat heightened situational

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Similarly; in JaniJary 2010, ITRR researchers identified "explicit calls for sabotage of major facilities and murder" in "European eco-extremist and anti-capitalist corTmiunlcations." hi' a separate client document, we further identified an "increasing ' overlap qetween'anarchists'and environmental extremists - with anarchist communicafions often praising acts'of overt eco c ' . terrorism." We also expressed concern that such European extremist views were finding '

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By April 2010;' a leading ideologue for the Earth First!. organization issued a call for more extreme actions in the service .of the environmentalist agenda , "Are we so caught up in a cycle of civil disobedience that we can't think past it?" he asked .

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Anti-Gay Violence at Gay Pride Events

Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center researchers have recently noted Indications of focused anti-gay

chatter among White supremacists and extremist militia supporters. "Gay pride" events worldwide have

served as trigger events for such radicals with an anti-gay agenda.

This month, for example, dozens of neo-Nazls threw stones, eggs and smoke bombs Into crowds taking

part In gay prj de parades

In the Eastern European states of Belarus and Slovakia, causing them to be

halted. The White supremacists managed to cancel what was to have been Siovakia's first-ever gay pride parade. In this Incident, which involved around eighty attackers, just eight anti-gay attackers were arrested.

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Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center analysts believe that high-profile LG BT pride events may draw similar reactions from invigorated and incited White supremacist lone wolves in North Americ:a. Several such gay pride marches and festivals take place In AmerIcan cities during the month of June 2010.

Anti-gay White supremacist and far-right militia communicat ions are currently under review by TAM-C

domestic terrorism analysts; however, as of this writing no specific threats to gay pride events have been

Identified. Nonethe less, based on general analysis and International case study debriefing, TAM-C analysts

recommend a somewhat heightened situational awareness at all such pride events.

(Originally released 31 May 2010)

Eco-Terror: 'Sabotage the System' and 'Eliminate Rats'

European eco-extremist and anti-capitalist communications of 8 January 2010 and thereafter include

explicit calls for sabotage of major facilities and murder.

As noted in recent Actionable Intelligence Bri efings, environmentalist extremists and associated anti- capitalists have pivoted off of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit to encourage more actions by their cadres worldwide. One of the most explicitly viol ent caJis apparently stems from Belgium or imother

Eu ro pean state. and says

(In the eco -te rrorists ' own English translation):

"The only option is to make sllbotage and eliminations, I think that insurrectionists have an excellent m ethod of fight against the ruling ciass j although they have shit theory (sltuatlonlsts and Bob Black) . I don't say that insurrectionist methods are revolution, but J say it is the only effective way of fighting against dictators hip which exist In European Emp ire . Demonstrat ion s are Inefficient and only help to cops to arrest and reg iste r political ly unfit/undesirable pe ople, and some were expelled a few thousand miles

away.

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is to eliminate ra ts, politicians,

leading figures of corporations and re pressive

departments, as well as sabotage of system (freight traIns, cranes at ports, telecommunication s, etc). With a public stlltement of reasons for actions, in thZlt way act ions would not be private. Anyone can turn up a few screws on the media repeater or cut screws wit h flame cutting, to make media darkness, or tele co mmunication darkness, everyone can burn a vehicle telecommunication services, to burn

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immigration office, and to burn a gas station if there are no people around (it is enough to burn gas bottle

with jacket full of fuel and to go, when It is overheating, It will be activated).

"Dictatorship Is nothing new in ou r history and the only way to nght against dictatorship Is sabotages and

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nWe should help to the natu re , the same as nature help to us - we should sabotage present system together wit h nature: unscrew the screws at wheels of fre ig ht trains, unscrew the screws at cranes in

ports, unscrew the screws at capitalist telecommunication repeaters". or Imagine something else:) If the

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for screw doesn't help, autogenous cutting hel ps . ~

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communications also warn aga inst government informers In the eco-terrorists' ranks, referring

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tactics they claim were used "In last 30 years from the time of the Angry Brigade in Britain (RAF and Red

Brigades also)

Additionally, the communications recommend an analys is of the eco-activist demonstrat io ns, saying:

"Nobody compared these 3 big demos In last 10 years and nob ody made analyze and conclusions whIch

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bring better tact1cs In our future demonstrations. ~

The eco-terrorists analysis, however , Is clear: ~Since the entire protest against cl imate summit of pOliticians, I would single out as the most effective action burn ing of Shell petrol stations in Sweden, everything else Is child behavior where people use whistles and cops push them In buses and tak e them into temporary custody (with built-in storage cages, no toilets; no food and water , the usual prison

custody has no capacity to receive 500 and 1000 arrested In one day). Why would someone go to the

demonstration only to be arrested?"

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The clear call for the most vIolent forms of eco-terrorism Is hIghly noteworthy, according to iargeted Actionable Monitoring Center analysts. TAM-C recommends that security personnel responsible for mass

transit, telecommunications, ports, fuel stations, coal plants, and other facilities that have been targeted

by environmentalist protests in the past take immedIate action to heighten situational awareness of pre- adversarial surveillance. Additionally, emergency response and evacuation procedures should be revIewed.

Politicia ns, lead ing figures of heavy Industry, and law enforcement officers

coming eeo-terrorlst violence. Noting recent instances of physical attacks on police, politicians and business leaders - Including by terrorIsts - TAM -C an~lysts recommend personal situational awareness and

appropriate safety measures be Implemented both on and olf duty. (Originally released 11 January 2010)

app ear to be serious targets of

Earth First/Ideologue preparing Groundwork for Eco- Terrorism

A leadIng Ideologue for the radical Earth F/rstl organization has Issued a call for more extreme actions In the. service of the environmentalist agenda.

In a reflective art Icl e In an Earth First! publication, an editor declared his feeling that "action reports

recently have been m iss ing fierce honesty

can't tlllnk past It?"

.Are we so caught up in a cycle of civil disobedience that we

He goes on to quote a vete ran eco-terrorist, Rod Coronado, as saying: "This resistance Is not about

remaining true to civil disobedience

are effecting the finan cial bottom-line of the destroyers of Earth,"

Our greatest strategic assessment should be whether our actions

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The Earth First! Joumal article goes on to advocate taking the struggle for "live wild or die" to "logging roads, slaughter houses, coal mines, vivisection labs, prisons, detention centers, border walls and pipelines." The name "Earth Firstl'!, the writer enthuses, "should not roll off the tongues of our enemies with ease, they should choke upon It, like a fiSh bone stuck In their throats. From struggles In Scotland to Mexico, from Arizona to West Virginia there Is resistance to that which Is killing us and Earth . So lets (sic] live wild and be fierce as fuck. Ante Up!~

Tar geted Actionable Monitoring Center analysts believe the call fro m Earth Flrstf, a veteran "direct actIon" organization, for "upping the ante" Is a significant development. It may also be seen as a "trickle down~ from extremist rhetoric In European eco-extremlst and anti-capitalist communications of a January 2010 and thereafter (cited in the Actionable In telligence Briefing of 11 January 2010) . The European eco-terror advocates Included explicIt calls for arson, sabotage of major facilities and murder, addIng Iteverythlng

else is child 's [pl .y]

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[n the wake of the apparently expanding Circ les of environmentalists willing to embrace eco·terror of one form or another, TAM-C analysts recommend that security personnel responsible fo r mass transit, telecommunlcatlons/ ports, fuel stations, coal plants, and other facilities that have been targeted by environmentalist protests In the past take Immediate action to heighten situational awareness of pre-

adversa ria l surveil lan ce.

(Originally refeased 5 April 2010)

Additional ly, emergency response and evacuation procedures should be reviewed.

011 Executive Targeted In Parcel BombIng

A woman suffered slgnlncant facial Injuries Friday (9 Ju ly 2010) when a pipe bomb concealed In what

appeared to be a gift package of chocolates exploded In her hands.

The parcel was left on the front porch of the Houston home where she was stayIng. While open sources do not identify the owner of the property, saying only that it belongs to an "oil executive\ ITRR has confirmed that It Is the property of Adams Resources and Energy executive James Moore. Of note Is that

anti-authoritaria n speculation as to the

methods, also Identlfted Moore.

property owner's identity, using open sources and cross-checking

According to authorities, the bomb was packed with thumb tacks and nails to Increase physical damage to

targeted individuals.

[n reactIon to the bombing, for which no group has taken responsIb ility as of th is writing, an t l-caplta\ls t and environmental militants expressed satisfaction:

"00 you think any other oil execs should start worrying about the ir personal well being just because BP

has killed 11 workers, rucked up the gulr and Its coastline, devastated an entire ecosystem and destroyed

the lives of thousands of people, birds and aquatic creatures?

reactionary responses take

Sometimes when these thIngs happen,

on a li fe of their own.·

"But seriously, how else do people get the ceo!s attention? They have no conscience and don't think twice about killing innocents for their greed. They see riches piling up and their is never enough to satisfy

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guide you then you will have to learn the hard way. I'm su re the citizens who we re forced to these ex treme s wIll be caught and made an example of, but hopefully the elitIst who laugh all the way to the bank will learn a lesson."

Let this be a le sson to the arrogant wankers running big co rpora t ions. If you have no conscience to

UAmerlcans finally recognize the enemy."

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"let the class war begin. This has been Simmering for decades, Citizens have no recourse against hundred billion dollar transnational corporations, the president of the united states Is freaking powerless against them, They are bigger than most countries In the world and more powerful, somehow they have colluded

even with our coast guard who Is protecting BP Instead of our coast

"The only thing these people listen to Is huge sums of money, which citizens dont have, or violence, Until

we destroy enough of their property to make a financial splash or start killing their executives and decision

makers and profiteers, nothing will change. Why should It. ".What can we do but violence????????"

"One oil executive dead Is just a good beginning as far as I'm concerned but there are plenty of other corporations that deserve the same or worse." Let's start with Monsanto and Koch Industries."

"Let the games begin!"

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rise in Incidents like the pipe bomb at the all executives homes

since the laws

dont govern the rich and powerfu l the same as the poor and disadvantaged then 'vigilante' justice will

start big tlme:. "

"The destruction of our lives as a result at the energy Industry goes far beyond Hayward. And none are held accountable. Has there been any charges levied against Massey, yet?"

The above bombing, If confirmed to be the work at eco-terrorlsts, would confirm the environmentalist slide

toward violence as identified by lTRR in January 2010,

Eco-extremlst, anti-coal mining and antl·capltallst communications of 2010 Indude explicit calls for everything from more aggressive civil disobedience through sabotage and even murder. Furthermore, the Increasing combination and cross-po llination of ecological m ilitants and anarchists Is expected to prove increasingly volatile, since, like their environmentalist militant allies, anarchist rhetoric has also seen a shift toward support for extremist action In the past year. In this context, ITRR analysts have observed general anarchist support or sympathy in some circles for the anti-civilization "Unabomber", Ted Kaczinski.

Church Arson as a Response to Koran Burning The planned (and then canceled) organized burning of books of the Koran by the Dove World Outreach

Center In Gainesville, Florida, caused a strong reaction among jlhadlsts, as well as more generally In the

Muslim world, lTRR researchers note that, even though the central Koran burning event was called off,

media reports Indicated that there were at least two cases ot Koran desecration In the us on 11

September 2010,

One such reaction was noted In lndla, where

Muslim protesters set a Christian missionary school on tire.

In the rioting In Indian Kashmir, at least 13 protesters were killed in clashes with soldiers. Tens of

thousands of demonstrato r s Ignored a curfew, set fire to government build ings and threw rocks at police stations,

In a fresh j lhadlst communication, from 14 September 2010, It was written that "the Islamic nation, Includ ing her sons and young people, nee d s to avenge the attack on our holiest object, the Koran."

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Referring to Christians, the jihadist continues, "We need to attack their churches, soldiers, and all their religious centers around the world. Just attack them all, no matter where. We won't regret our goal, no matter what. The war Is between the church and the mosque." He calls tor ~1usUm "brave ones" to "burn

the churches. Destroy their centers and don't shame the Koran."

ITRR analysts note that, in light of recent events, arson may be seen as an effective new tactic for lone-

wolf jlhadlst terrorism:

It requires no hard-to-obtaln or hard-to-maKe explosives, Just nammable material, petrol or 011.

It can be executed even by one person. Once executed, especially In the West, it will be sufficient

to garner international media attention and to spread fear.

Jlhadlsts seekrng to cause further cris is betv.,reen Muslims and the Christian West may hope such an attack causes more Christians to burn the Koran,

Such a desecration tlt-for~tat may trigCJer a more serious worldwide campaign against Christians and Christian symbols, as well as increased targeting"of Muslim symbols and mosques. Signlflcant in this regard Is that the above communications have come ZIt a time of heightened anger over perceived insults

to lslam. Most recently (14 September

banning the full-face veil In public

that France has omclally adopted legislation

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Germ1;1ny and Spain. ITRR analysts 1;1150 note that there has recently been violence between Christians and

Muslims in Nigeria.

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ISRAELI SPIES TARGET PA.

By Michael Collins Piper

It ' s a

news first reverberated, few understand the bigger ramifications: The ongoing furor has- just barely- open the door of a hitherto secret house of horrors in which a whole ho st of spooks are lurking.

scandal (or it should be) of national-even international-

proportions. But in Pennsylvania, where the

kicked

Exposed was yet another instance of Israeli spying on American soil. Adding insult to injury is the fact- revealed in Pelmsylvallia- that American tax dollars are being channeled to Israeli intelligence operations to spy on American citizens engaged in lawful political activity.

To understand the controversy, it is critical to recogni ze that in the wake of 9-11, "homeland security" became a booming racket-not just in the sense ofa growing government bureaucracy. In fact , an amazing number of privately owned companies blossomed, operating in the sphere of American military, intelligence and law enforcement, contracting out services to U.S. govenunent agencies and institutions at all levels.

An ovelwhelming majority of such firms are either 1) Israeli owned; 2) owned by U.S. subsidiaries ofIsraeli companies; or 3) owned by Americans tied to Israel and the Jewish lobby in America.

It was discovered that one such Israeli-owned company was spying on law-abiding citizens, paid to do so by the

Pennsylvania state govenunent-

that is, the taxpayers.

Here 's the story:

In 2009, the Pennsylvania state Office of Homeland Security- under Gov. Ed Rendell- awarded a no-bid contract to a private company, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR). Its job was to monitor activities of a wide-ranging assortment of public-issue oriented organizations.

ITRR passed the fiuits of its intelligence activities on to the state homeland security office that, in tum, distributed the illfOimation to a variety oflaw enforcement agencies, public official s and what is being described as others in "the private sector."

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Calling itself "the preeminent Israeli-American security firm providing training, intelligence and education to clients across the globe," ITRR has offices in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Jerusalem. Corporate directors are Aaron Richman, a fonner Israeli police captain, and Michael Perelman, a former police commander in York, Pa.

By its own admission, ITRR focuses on monitoring those it calls "extremists" with a bent toward "religious, anarchist, anti-govenunent, and anti-globalization" points of view-in short, virtually anyone with a point of view that could (potentially) run contrary to the outlook of the Jewish lobby in America and to the interests of Israel. And be assured that opponents of the "new world order" and foes of the banking establislunent are on "the list."

The Israeli point of view, outlined in historic religious teachings, is that anyone with any opinion or ideas is a possible danger: They might someday be an enemy.

ITRR's alerts, distributed at taxpayer expense, cast political dissidents in PelUlsylvania as potential ten'Orists, enemies of public order and threats to freedom. Those in Pennsylvania targeted by ITRR included attendees at a tea pal1y march in Harrisburg, supporters of an anti-illegal inunigration rally in Hazleton, critics of nuclear power, animal rights defenders, gay activists and a group protesting natural gas drilling. In other words, both "conservative" and "liberal" are subject to scrutiny.

The controversy surrounding ITRR began when the state's homeland security director, James Powers, sent out an email "alert"-based on ITRR's spy data-stating supp0l1 for the natural gas industry and calling its critics "those groups fomenting dissent."

Apparently, by accident, Powers's bulletin was sent to Virginia Cody, among those protesting natural gas drilling (and thus subject to ITRR spying). Cody was disturbed to learn she and her colleagues had been targeted. In the wake of her discovery, independent media and political groups forced the mass media in Pennsylvania to take notice.

This proved embarrassing for Rendell. A Jewish Democrat known to jump ship politically when it comes to the issue ofIsrael-covel1ly backing pro-Israel Republicans over Democrats perceived unfriendly to Israel- Rendell moved into damage-control mode. He ordered ITRR's contract canceled and made a bombastic public apology, shocked-he said-such a thing could happen.

In fact, the ITRR affair is the tip of the iceberg, one of myriad Israeli operations on U.S. soil subsidized by American taxpayers in many states, not to mention the federal level.

While some officials are raising questions about the ITRR matter, what none is asking is: Why, in the first place, was a group tied to a controversial foreign nation, central to some of the most difficult issues affecting U.S. foreign policy, even considered eligible for such a sensitive area as monitoring matters relating to America's homeland security?

One activist spied upon by ITRR said his group was inclined to avoid discussing the Israeli connection. "It's kind of controversial to conunent on, you know, what with the Holocaust. I mean, I would rather not. The Jewish people have been through a lot."

The presence in the Perll1sylvania capital of the Patriot News-the big daily newspaper-helps protect Israeli interests in the matter: The Patriot News is owned by the national media empire of the Newhouse family--once

the richest Jewish family in America-

(ADL) and to the Jewish crime syndicate (with which the ADL is inteltwined) extend back more than half a century.

whose ties to Jewish lobby groups such as the Anti-Defamation League

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We were little less than outraged late last week when we had to write an editorial - immediately after one celebrating the completion of the U.S. Constitution - about a state-level fia sco involving the Office of Homeland Security and the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.

It was discovered that ITRR, under contract to OHS, was compiling lists of "ten-orist" organizations in Pennsylvania and warning of their plalUled activities. These groups included Marcellus Shale drilling opponents, animal-rights groups, gay and lesbian groups and others of all political stripes.

It's hard to make a story like that any more objectionable, but state officials have managed to top themselves. And now, this horrible practice has direct local ramifications.

Among the organi zations that found itself on ITRR's watch li st was the local conservati ve political-action committee Constitutional Organization of Liberty. The group was founded by state Sen. Mike Folmer.

It goes without saying that we don't believe Folmer has particular anti-goverrunent sentiments - this is the man well-known for carrying pocket-size copies of the Constitution with him most everywhere he goes.

The inclusion of tlllS group on the list underscores just how unforgivable tillS government action was. We're talking about official oppression - a weapon of tyranny that the Constitution directly targeted. If government has forgotten that, or if individuals within governnlent have forgotten it, they need a forceful reminder rather than ersatz anger and hand-wringing.

Bad enough to have the irony of placing a lawmaker's 0\\~1 group on a terrorism watch li st, but the state got wrong the reason for doing so. It's tmlikely the group should have made the list in the first place. Actually, it's tlUe the group - and almost every other group so designated - should never have made the list, but at least you'd

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think those compiling the list could have properly identified its reasons for including a given organization. Even faulty logic should possess some logic.

The reason that COOL was listed was that it was misidentified as the sponsor of an anti-tax rally held a couple months back.

The potential telTorist behind this seditious, anti-American activity was - wait for it - state Rep. Darryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Cranberry Township.

Again, we don't see a high level oftlu'eat coming to the govermnent from an official elected by the people to represent their interests in that govermnent. Unless, of course, Cranberry Township is looking to secede from the Union and set itself up as a fiefdom, with sauce as its chief export.

It is rare that we call for a goverl1l11ent official to be removed. That is a most extreme step and one that should be limited to exceptionally egregious errors in the performance of one's duties.

But based on the information being released, we do not believe that OHS Director James F. Powers JI'. should be allowed to maintain his position.

Bad enough that the information was collected in the first place, but to further find that some of the information was grossly erroneous compounds the error beyond the level where we believe it can be met by anything other than the removal of the responsible party. Powers is the power in the office.

We already heard Gov. Ed Rendell say no one would be disciplined because of the uncovered actions. Let's say at this point we strenuously disagree with the governor's position. This action can't be one that gives govermnent a momentary blush and then is forgotten as everyone gets back to the business of overspending our tax money.

This calls not only for the removal of Powers, and perhaps others, but a reorganization of the OHS including appropriate oversight to assure such official oppression is never again allowed , not ever, not no way, not no how. If it was given a nod and a wink by others, they, too, are to blame, but given the notorious opacity of our state govenm1ent, such information would be hard to uncover and, should it exist, is likely being buried, even as we write, somewhere velY, very deep.

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State tracking outrages foes of gas drilling

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and the gas companies.

activists call it 'fishy' and 'creepy.' Homeland Security cites safety concerns for reporting their activities to ·law agencies

BY DONALD GILLILAND ••••••••• ;0

Big Driller may be watching you.

According to recently leaked documents, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has been tracking anti-gas drilling groups and their meetings - including a public screening of the film "Gasland," a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling.

The office has included the information in its weekly intelligence bulletins sent to law enforcement agencies.

The bulletins are also sent to gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Activists and environmental groups have responded with outrage and some alarm.

'There's something dead-fishy here

inquiry into the activities of the Homeland Security office.

Something is rotten." activist Gene Stllp said . He has called for a formal House and Senate

State Homeland Security Director James Powers explained that he has been including anti-gas drilling activist information in his tri- weekly intelligence briefings for about a month because there have been "five to ten" incidents of vandalism around the state related to the natural gas industry, which is one of the sectors he is charged with monitoring.

One of those incidenls, he said, involved someone shooting a natural gas .container tank with a shotgun in Venango County.

Powers said the briefings are sent to local law enforcement and the owners and operators of "critical infrastructure."

Comparing himself to the Tommy Lee Jones' character in the film "The Fugitive," Powers said, "I don't care" wh·ich side of the issue someone is on - or if they're innocent. "My concern is public safety." However, the "intelligence" In the briefings includes lists of public meetings the state has determined anti-drilling activists plan to attend .

"I find it kind of creepy that the state is compiling information on the innocuous activity of citizens," said Jan Jarrett, president of PennFut~re, a group that has expressed concern about drilling issues.

When one of these intelligence bulletins was spotted on a pro-drilling Internet site and disseminated among anti-drilling activists, Powers sent an e-mail of reprimand to the woman who e-mailed it.

He mistakenly thought she was pro-drilling:

In the e-mail, Powers told the woman the "sensitive information" she disseminated is not meant for the public, but only for those "having a valid need to know."

He added, 'We want to continue providing this support to the Marcellus Shale Formation natural gas stakeholders, while not feeding those groups fomenting dissent against those same companies."

Powers sent copies of his e-mail to the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response as well as to Pam Witmer, a lobbyist with the Bravo Group, which lobbies for the gas industry.

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The first is a contractor for Homeland Security, the second is a "civilian lead" for the energy sector, said Powers,

The intelligence bulletin that was made public includes notice of six public meetings that, according to Homeland Security, "have been singled out for attendance by anti-Marcellus Shale Formation natural gas drilling activists,"

They include : township ordinance and zoning meetings in Butler, Wayne and Allegheny counties; a Pittsburgh City Council meeting; a Pennsylvania Forestry Association meeting in Williamsport; and a screening of "Gas land" in Philadelphia ,

The bulletin also includes information on anarchists , "black power radicals," Ramadan, the "Jewish High Holiday season" and antiwar

activists.

'What is next?" asked Stilp, "An enemies-of-gas-drilling list compiled by the government so that police can keep an eye on them? Public surveillance for private companies is not the democratic way, It's not the way Pennsylvania government is supposed to run,"

'We don't track groups," Powers said,

Which public meetings the anti-drilling folks were planning to attend was supplied by the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, a Philadelphia firm contracted with the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security to provide information for the intelligence briefings,

When asked if ITRR was tracking groups -- specifically, people opposed to drilling in the Marcellus Shale or attending showings of

"Gasland" -- Powers replied , "I don't know,

I haven't asked them ,"

Powers did indicate that someone -- either ITRR or state employees, he wouldn't specify which -- was monitoring the 'Web traffic" of anti-drilling groups,

Mike Perelman, co-director of ITRR, would not say if his firm was tracking anti-drilling activists,

'We have a very strict policy that we don't discuss client matters, period," said Perelman, "We respect the confidential relationship between us and the client."

Gary Tuma, Gov, Ed Rendell's spokesman, said, "It is part of Homeland Security's responsibility to alert local law enforcement, local officials and potential victims" to any potential problems,

He said the inclusion of anti-drilling activity in intelligence bulletins "by no means brands groups that speak publicly on one side or the other of an issue as troublemakers," The information has been included "because there have been acts of vandalism,"

Powers added that a lot of times anti-drilling activists show up without obtaining a permit to protest, "and that in itself is a violation of the

law."

When it was noted that citizens do not need a permit to attend public meetings and express dissenting opinions, Powers said, "You're looking at it out of context, I get to see everything over time,"

Powers said that when anti-drilling activists attend public meetings, "their presence may spark something else ," He said he didn't want to see public meetings "escalate to physical criminal acts,"

Tuma called back to elaborate that ITRR is paid through a grant from the federal government to monitor web activity in critical infrastructure areas, And Tuma said that if they found evidence of pro-drilling activity, "the answer is yes , they would notify the Department of Homeland Security about it," .

When Powers was asked if he had included the planned activities of pro-drilling groups in any of his bulletins, he was at a loss , "I'm trying to think '" I see your point. '" This seems to be a very polarizing issue around the state,"

When asked if the state had compiled a list of people associated with anti-drilling groups, Powers said, "Not that I know of, not in my

office."

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State ,tracking outrages foes of gas drilHng. The activists calf'it ',fishY'~nd 'creepy. i , Homeland Security cites safety concerns for reporting their activities to law agencies and ' the gas c?mpanies.

The activists

reporting their activities to law agencies and the gas companies. BY DONALD GILLILAND

Tuesday, September 14, 2e10 ,

BY DONALD GILLILAND

Big Driller may be watching you.

call it

'fishy' and

'creepy. 'Homeland Security cites safetY, concerns for '

According to ', recently leaked documents, the 'Pe~nsylv~nia Office bf Homeland Security tracking anti-gas driliing 'groups and t~eir meetings -- ' including' a public screening film "Gasland," a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling.

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are also sent to gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Activists and environmental groups have responded with outrage and some alarm.

"There's something dead-fishy

here

Something

is rotten," activist Gene Stilp said. He

has called for a formal House and Senate inquiry into the activities of the Homeland Security office.

State Homeland Security Director James Powers explained that he has been including anti-gas . drilling activist information in his tri-weekly intelligence briefings for about a month because there have been "five to ten" incidents of vandalism around the state related to the

natural gas industry,

which is one of the sectors

he

is

charged with monitoring.

One of those incidents,

a shotgun in Venango county.

he said,

involved someone shooting a natural gas container tank with

Powers said the briefings are sent to local law enforcement and the owners and operators of "critical infrastructure."

Comparing himself to the Tommy Lee Jones'

"I don't care" which side of the issue someone is on -- or if they're innocent.

is public safety." However, the "intelligence" in the briefings includes lists of public

meetings the state has determined anti-drilling activists plan to attend.

character in the film "The Fugitive," Powers said,

"My concern

"I find it kind of creepy that the state is compiling information on the innocuous activity of citizens," said Jan Jarrett, president· of PennFuture, a group that has expressed concern about drilling issues.

When one of these intelligence

disseminated among anti-drilling activists, who e-mailed it.

bulletins was spotted on a pro-drilling Internet site

and

Powers sent an e-mail of reprimand to the woman

He mistakenly thought

she was pro-drilling.

In the e-mail,

meant for the public,

Powers told the woman the "sensitive information"

she disseminated is not

but only for those "having a valid need to know."

He added,

natural gas stakeholders, while not feeding those groups fomenting dissent against those same companies."

"We want to

continue providing this

support to the Marcellus Shale Formation

Powers sent copies of his e-mail to the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response as well

as to Pam Witmer,

a lobbyist with the Bravo Group,

which lobbies for the gas industry.

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energy sector,

is a contractor for Homeland Security, the second is a "civilian lead" for the

said Powers.

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according to Homeland Security,

Formation natural gas drilling activists."

notice of six public meetings that,

"have been singled out for attendance by anti-Marcellus Shale

They include:

a Pittsburgh City Council meeting;

Williamsport;

township ordinance and zoning meetings in Butler,

and a screening of "Gasland"

Wayne and Allegheny counties;

a Pennsylvania Forestry Association meeting in

in Philadelphia.

The bulletin also includes information on anarchists,

"Jewish High Holiday season"

and antiwar activists.

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"What is

ne xt?"

asked Stilp.

"An enemies-of-gas-drilling list

compiled by the government so

that police can keep an eye on them? Public surveillance for private companies is not the

democratic way.

It's not the way Pennsylvania government is supposed to run."

"We don't

track groups,"

Powers said.

Which public meetings the anti-drilling folks were planning to attend was supplied by the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, a Philadelphia firm contracted with the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security to provide information for the intelligence briefings.

When asked if ITRR was tracking groups -- specifically,

Marcellus Shale or attending showings of "Gasland" -- Powers replied, "I don't know, I haven't asked them."

people opposed to drilling in the

Powers did indicate that someone -- either ITRR or state employees,

he wouldn ' t

specify which

-- was

monitoring the "Web traffic"

of anti-drilling

groups .

Mike Perelman,

co-director of ITRR,

would not say if his firm was tracking anti-drilling

activists.

"We have

"We respect the confidential

a very strict

policy that we don't discuss client matters,

period," said Perelman.

relationship between us and the client."

Gary Tuma, Gov. Ed Rendell's spokesman, said, "It is part of Homeland Security's responsibility to alert local law enforcement, local officials and potential victims" to any potential problems .

He said the inclusion of anti-drilling activity in intelligence bulletins "by no means brands groups that speak publicly on one side or the other of an issue as troublemakers." The information has been included "because there have been acts of vandalism . "

Powers added that a lot of times anti-drilling activists

to protest,

show up without obtaining a permit

"and that in itself is

a violation of the law . "

was dissenting opinions,

When it

noted that

citizens do not need a permit to attend public meetings and express

"You're looking at it out of context.

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get to

see

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everything over time . "

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spark something else."

criminal acts."

attend public meetings,

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he didn't want to see public meetings

"their presence may "escalate to physical

Tuma called

to monitor web activity in critical infrastructure areas . And Tuma said that if they found

evidence of pro-drilling activity, Homeland Security about it."

back to elaborate that ITRR is

paid through a grant from the federal government

they would notify the Department of

"the answer is yes,

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of his bulletins,

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I see your point

When asked if the state had compiled a list of people associated with anti-drilling groups, Powers said, "Not that I know of, not in my office."

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From:

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Flinn,

Richard D

To :

French,

Robert

 

Cc:

Finn,

Maria;

Thomas,

Jeffrey (PEMA)

Sent : Tue Sep 14

05:40:57 2010

Subject : Patriot

News

Sir you need to

about Jim Powers and the ITRR reports related to Marcellus Shale.

look at the front

page of the Patriot if you haven ' t

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Pennsylvania SpyNetwork

By Brad Bumsted TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Sunday, September 19,2010

HARRISBURG

Welcome to Tehran, Pa., where free spee ch is threatened and protesters are monitored by state government.

But wait. The head of the police state claims he knew nothing about any effort to monitor protesters .

This is no joke. The most egregious example of no-bid contracting gone awry surfaced last week when Gov. Ed Rendell fessed up after news reports revealed that the state Department of Homeland Security used a mysterious company with ties to Jerusalem and Philadelphia University to send a watch list of potential terror activity to law enforcement.

The list included those oh-so-dangerous environmental protesters concerned about Marcellus shale natural gas drilling , an education group supporting Rendell's policies, gay and lesbian groups and, worst of all, the "pink pig."

The inflatable pig is used at rallies by government protester Gene Stilp. It has been a "fixture" at the Capitol since the 2005 pay-raise snafu. But don 't mess with the pig. Stilp, who holds a Virg inia law license but doesn't practice in Pennsylvania , says he is preparing a federal lawsuit alleging people's constitutional rights were violated by the monitoring program .

What's the head of the paramilitary government have to say? Oh, he didn't know and would have to look into it. He made that comment at a news conference a week after his press office had been called by reporters who had copies of the leaked list and two months after Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Daniel Rubin revealed most of the story about the institute.

Rendell later said flat out that he wasn't aware of the activity. He lamented the fact his staff hadn't informed him.

It stretches credulity to think he was unaware.

Donna Cooper, a member of his Cabinet, Rendell's right-hand person in th e administration , had been quoted in that column about the group she founded, Good Schools Pennsylvania, being included on the list. That was July 19.

Cooper has been called the "pit bull" of the Rendell administration . She just let it rest and didn't tell the chief of staff or the governor?

Rendell squandered $125,000 -- he now says it was $103,000 -- of your tax money on this debacle . Your hard-earned money was used

to spy on citizens .

In his typical make-it-up style, Rendell said Tuesday evening at a news conference that people's civil rights were probably violated . About 16 hours later in Pittsburgh, the guv told reporters he believed there were not civil rights violations. He must have reas oned the flip-flop places him in a better position as a likely defendant.

Rendell's defense was that while information on groups was disseminated, there had not been any monitoring of people at protests and no photos or videos were taken, at least by state officials.

The entire incident deepens the public's mistnust of government, said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati , R-Jefferson County, who also is the state's lieutenant governor. "Pennsylvanians and Americans are just disgusted."

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In 7 112 years as governor, Rendell has doled out more than $1 billion in no-bid contracts (a conservative figure) . A lot of money has gone to campaign contributors and pals of the governor, including the Philadelphia law firm where he once collected a salary . Critics call the practice "pay to play."

It's not known what the connection may have been between Rendell and his aides and the Institute for Terrorism Research and Response, headed by a former York police officer and a former police captain in Jerusalem who teaches at Philadelphia UniversitY.

The boUom line: If anyone was monitoring the "watch lists" being sent to law enforcement, how could officials in the upper levels of state government believe these groups were a legitimate threat? It's insane.

"If this were private industry, heads would roll," Scarnati said.

But no, Rendell isn't firing anyone. There's no pOint in making Homeland chief James F. Powers Jr. a "scapegoat," Rendell said.

But

Powers, a former Green Beret, was clearly responsible .

Sen. Jim Feria, D-Pittsburgh, said Rendell should fire Powers or demand his resignation.

Rendell said he was embarrassed and apologized. As a social liberal, he has been a huge supporter of gay rights in Philadelphia. The inclusion of Good Schools on the list was over the top with Irony.

What the institute might actually have been doing isn't clear. But what is clear is that never again should state tax money be used in

such a manner.

There's one bright spot for those concerned with this reckless behavior at the highest levels of state government. In January, Rendell will be gone.

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Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell 's former top emergency management adviser on Wednesday questioned why the state has been paying

a company $103,000 for intelligence on terrorism threats, saying much of that work is already done by a specialized unit in the Pennsylvania State Police.

Adrian R. King Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) until late 2005, said the state police's Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center has trained analysts who supply intelligence information and investigative data to help law enforcement counter potential threats.

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said , the state was paying the Philadelphia-based Institute on Terrorism Research and

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compilation of planned public demonstrations by activist groups, including antiwar, environmental, and animal-rights advocates .

"In my experience , the PA [Criminal Intelligence Center] is well -equipped to do this work, to do this analysis," said King , now a partner

at Balla'rd Spahr. "They're trained. They understand the law. They understand people's rights. They understand what is credible ."

King added , "For $103 ,000 a year, you could hire at least one if not two full-time analysts to operate out of the state police criminal intelligence center wilh, I believe, better quality control."

State police officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The state Office of Homeland Security's $103,000 contract with the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response came under intense scrutiny this week after details came to light about the kind of activity it was tracking: much of it peaceful demonstrations by legitimate activist groups.

In a statement Wednesday, the group's codirector, Mike Perelman, wrote that the institute's mission "is to identify and analyze

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information that can be leveraged to prevent injury, loss of life, and destruction of property."

"At times," Perelman continued, "that means providing guidance on the potential for deadly actions. At other times, it means providing

security personnel guidance regarding staff requirements for crowd

and analYSis to our many clients ."

The [institute] is proud to provide this level of research

Rendell said he had learned of the contract with the institute Tuesday moming, although at least one of his top aides appears to have known about it since midsummer. Rendell policy chief Donna Cooper was quoted in a July Inquirer story about some of the groups that were being tracked, including groups that advocated for more education funding.

Rendell conceded Tuesday that "many" people in his administration had known about the contract - but was emphatic that no one had told him about il. He said he had been "appalled" and deeply embarrassed when he found out about the information the institute was providing to the state.

He ordered his staff to terminate the contract, but said he did not plan to discipline anyone in his administration who had authorized il.

He acknowledged there had been "a breakdown" in communication in his administration.

Maria Finn, spokeswo'man for PEMA, which oversees the Homeland Security Office, said the contract with the institute had not been competitively bid.

Asked why, she said it had been "determined that there was no other company at the time who could fulfill the requirements."

She added that the Homeland Security Office "had researched possible options regarding this type of service and had concluded that, outside of the FBI and CIA, there existed no other service of this kind."

Incorporated in 2004, the institute is directed by Perelman, a former York police officer, and Aaron Richman, who served in military and counterterrorism operations in Israel.

In a 2009 letter to the state, the company promised to provide updates on potential terrorism threats three times a week, monthly reports on potential threats to the security of Pennsylvania's infrastructure, and alerts to a designated BlackBerry of potential threats, among other services.

On its website, the company lists offices in several locations, including Philadelphia, but the institute did not respond to questions about where its office in the city is.

The company also tists offices In Washington, London, and Jerusalem.

ITRR lists Philadelphia University as one of its partners. Richman is an assistant professor in the college's Disaster Medicine and Management Program, said Debbie Goldberg, director of media relations at the school. The university has cosponsored two educational seminars with ITRR, including one scheduled for Oct. 22 .

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Cranberrylawmaker asks why his rallies made terror list

By Brad Bumsted TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, September 21, 2010

HARRISBURG -- A Cranberry lawmaker yesterday demanded answers from the Rendell administration on why a taxpayer-financed bulletin intended to identify terror-related threats included two Capitol rallies he organized this year.

"This is the type of activity you hear so many people talk about when they say what they think is wrong with government," said Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe.

Metcalfe's annual Second Amendment rally, which attracts gun owners from across the state, was mentioned in an April bulletin to state Homeland Security officials by the Institute ofTerrorism Research and Response, a York-based nonprofit paid $103,000 by the state.

"Pennsylvania militia groups apparently are planning on attending" the event, the institute warned , and law enforcement might have to provide "crowd control." The protest was peaceful and there was no evidence of militia groups attending .

State Homeland Security Dire ctor James F. Powers Jr. declined to be interviewed, said spokeswoman Maria Finn .

Gov. Ed Rendell "made his feeling known generally last Tuesday about the information included in the bulletins" and had no additional comment, said Gary Tuma, his press secretary. Rendell criticized the reports -- which were sent to law enforcement and government agencies - and said he would not renew the contract.

The bulletins cut across an ideological path in monitoring liberal and conservative groups . A state senator has called on Powers to resign or be fired and a Senate committee plans a hearing next week to investigate.

In June , an anti-tax rally organized by Metcalfe caught the attention of the institute . It mistakenly said the Constitutional Organization of

Liberty (COOL) was sponsoring the rally, Metcalfe said .

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"That's news to me," Metcalfe said . "COOL did not help me organize it. I am not sure if anyone from COOL attended."

Michael Perelman, co-director of the institute , last week defended the "research and analysis" group's work. It acts "within the scope of the law" to provide information to clients, including some Fortune 100 companies, he said .

Metcalfe said he was meeting with House Republican lawyers to determine his options. He said he likely will ask state Homeland ~ecurity for additional information on why his ralli~s were included, who was notified, and what other actions were taken.

I'Did they tap anyone's phone?" Metcalfe asked. "Have I been investigated since the rally?"

The Rendell administration does not intend to remove security bulletins from its website, which Perelman requested over the weekend, Tuma said . Perelman told state officials the information could be used by terrorists.

Tuma said the bulletins had been ''widely disseminated" throughout the state before they were put online.

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GOP Senate leader wants documents in terror-list flap

By Brad Bumsted TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Thursday, September 16,2010

HARRISBURG -

related to a terror watch list compiled by a state contractor that wrongly included anti-tax, environmental and gay groups.

The state's top Republican senator said the Senate will request all documents from the Rendell administration

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, said GOP leadership will meet next week to determine which

committee might conduct an inquiry and how to proceed . He stopped short of saying there will be an investigation in the waning 2009-

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"How did th is come about? What were the parameters of the contract? If this were private industry, heads would roll," Scamati said.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday he does not intend to fire anyone because there was "collective responsibility" within the state Department of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for the $125,000 no-bid contract to the

York-based Institute ofTerrorism Research and Response.

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Names of non-violent groups, including supporters of Rendell's education policies, were included on notices sent to law enforcement.

Sen . Jay Costa, of Forest Hills, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he was outraged by what occurred but added he was cOl(lfortable with the Rendell administration's efforts to look into the matter. Rendell has appointed a task force headed.by his chief of staff Steve Crawford to examine how and why the incident occurred.

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