September 21, 2010
Last week it was reported that Tea Party activists had made the Pennsylvania terror threat list generated by an Israeli company. Now we learn that Second Amendment as well as anti-tax activists were also snooped by the state with the assistance of he Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.
|The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response warned that police would have to use “crowd control” on Second Amendment activists. Photo: Kevin Stanchfield.|
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports today that a state lawmaker has 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 draws activists and gun owners from around the state.
“Pennsylvania militia groups apparently are planning on attending” the event, the Israeli company, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, said in the bulletin. It warned law enforcement might have to provide “crowd control.”
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the event was peaceful and there was no evidence of militias in attendance.
Metcalfe said that the Israeli company issued a bulletin about his anti-tax group in June. It mistakenly said the Constitutional Organization of Liberty (COOL) was sponsoring the rally, Metcalfe said. “That’s news to me,” Metcalfe said. “COOL did not help me organize it. I am not sure if anyone from COOL attended.” COOL, an educational, non-partisan group is based in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
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Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said he was meeting with House Republican lawyers to determine what can be done about the state and an Israeli company teaming up to snoop on constitutuioanlly protected dissent. “Did they tap anyone’s phone?” Metcalfe asked. “Have I been investigated since the rally?”
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI discovered an espionage ring that had penetrated the wiretapping system of U.S. law enforcement. The espionage operation reportedly included employees of two companies, Comverse Infosys and Amdocs. Comverse Infosys and Amdocs are based in Israel.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Rendell administration does not intend to remove security bulletins from its website.
Michael Perelman, a former York police commander, heads up the shadowy Institute of Terrorism Research and Response with Aaron Richman, a former Israeli police captain. Over the weekend Perelman asked the Rendell administration to remove the bulletins from its website. Perelman told state officials the information could be used by terrorists.