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Monday, October 13, 2014


The Pittsburgh City Paper has discovered an intelligence-sharing network between state law enforcement and a private security company employed by Marcellus shale drillers.  More here.

The Paper's story notes that about four years ago, it came to light that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security was monitoring citizen-activists without the knowledge of then-Governor Ed Rendell.  I was serving as Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at the time.  I remember the ensuing urgent phone call with the Governor's office for members of his cabinet.  Governor Rendell was furious about the abuse, and immediately put a halt to it.

As far as I know, the current governor of Pennsylvania has not taken any action in response to this latest revelation. 

Citizen participation is the lifeblood of our democracy.  That includes the right to vote - and to dissent - without intimidation or monitoring. Pennsylvania is failing on both counts. Utterly.

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