( I find the non-profit angle really concerning. How can a private company not make a profit, unless it's real funding is received elsewhere? I also find the labeling of the company as Israeli/American kind of questionable)
-Some of the terrorists identified by the ITRR include opponents of natural gas drilling, describing them as "environmental extremists" and suggesting they were a threat to the state.
The also identified animal rights activists and anti-war events as potential security threats to the state. Oh and Gay and Lesbian activists!
The Governor of Pennsylvania has been all kinds of apologetic after all he "didn't know"
But, this article really makes one think his excuses are bogus, he knew, and is now distancing himself from the bad publicity. . Rendell staff knew of tracking
Some of Rendell's top staff knew in July that the contractor was tracking lawful public protests. The information was sent to law enforcement and private companies around the state.I find it improbable that his top staff knew and he didn't. This is face saving at it's most obvious.
A little bit of info on Institute of Terrorism Response and Research.
Perelman declined to comment and Richman could not be reached for comment
The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response is headed by Michael Perelman, who formerly worked for the York City Police Department, and Aaron Richman, a former police captain in the Israeli capital.
They formed the company six years ago in York to provide "on-site educational seminars on institutional security against terrorism and other threats," a state filing shows. Three years later, in 2007, they formed a nonprofit foundation for "enhancing anti-terror training." Richman works as an assistant professor at Philadelphia University, which identifies him as a former police captain in Jerusalem.
As one can conclude information on these two men is lacking. Even on their website
They have some interesting partners. One being MTS, Multi Tier Solutions
Comprised of experts in their fields, all with specialized government experience.
A licensed vendor to the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Another interesting "partner" is Terror Medicine International. Another Israeli based organization. That specializes in "terror medicine"?
Professor Shmuel Shapira MD, MPH.
Prof Shapira served in the Israeli Navy and was the Head of the Trauma Branch in the IDF Medical Corps. Currently he is a Lieutenant Colonel(Res)
I am getting an entirely different picture of this organization. Of course the non-profit was the first hint. But the ties to the Israeli government and the IDF point one in an entirely different direction. Was this so called security firm, spying on Americans and sharing information with a foreign government? Is this group connected to Israeli intelligence? It would seem entirely possible. Why is homeland security paying them to spy on American citizens?
You can watch a video report from Democracy Now. Fast forward to 5:00 minutes in.
The report mentions that the Institute of Terrorism Response and Research has extensive ties to the Israeli government.