'Appalled' Rendell Shuts Down Reports on Protests

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A deeply embarrassed Gov. Ed Rendell is apologizing to groups whose peaceful protests or events were the subject of regular anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by his homeland security director.

Rendell said Tuesday the information was useless to law enforcement agencies, and that distributing it was tantamount to trampling on constitutional rights.

He says he’s ordering an end to the $125,000 contract with a Philadelphia-based organization that supplied the information, but isn’t firing his homeland security director.

Rendell says he learned of the matter from a newspaper story Tuesday morning.

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