Brad Bumsted
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 1, 2010

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Embattled state Homeland Security Director James F. Powers Jr., criticized for terror bulletins that targeted law-abiding protest groups, has resigned, Gov. Ed Rendell said today.

Rendell said at a news conference that he did not ask for Powers’ resignation. He said there had been no new information beyond the bulletins.

The bulletin were sent to law enforcement, local governments and private security officials warning of protests by environmental activists, anti-war demonstrators and anti-tax groups.

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They were prepared by a private contractor to whom Powers’ office paid $103,000. At a Senate hearing ths week, state police officers testified they issued repeated warnings to Powers that information contained in the bulletins was inaccurate and sent police and the FBI on wild goose chases.

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