Yes, it’s true. In the guise of a security contractor, a well-connected Israeli security firm has been using it’s cache with the Pennsylvania Homeland Security Administration to spy on Americans at various protests:
Information about an anti-BP candlelight vigil, a gay and lesbian festival and other peaceful gatherings became the subject of anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by Pennsylvania’s homeland security office, an apologetic Gov. Ed Rendell admitted.A Philadelphia rally organized by a nonprofit group to support Rendell’s push for higher spending on public schools even made a bulletin, as did drilling protests at a couple of Rendell’s news conferences this month as he toured the state to boost support for a tax on the natural gas industry.
I believe Rendell when he claims to have been unaware of what was going on in his own Homeland Security office. Which actually makes me feel worse. Ali Abunimah has assembled a lot of info on the issue, and you should definitely read his piece about it here: