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Spying in Arkansas? Surely not

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A Pennsylvania newspaper reports — shades of the bad old civil rights days — that the Homeland Security agency in that state is monitoring environmentalists.

According to recently leaked documents, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has been tracking anti-gas drilling groups and their meetings — including a public screening of the film “Gasland,” a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling. The office has included the information in its weekly intelligence bulletins sent to law enforcement agencies.

The bulletins are also sent to gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Activists and environmental groups have responded with outrage and some alarm.

Surely no Arkansas agency would do such a thing. Why bother? The Arkansas State and Little Rock Regional Chambers of Commerce are already on high alert. Maybe the city of Little Rock could send them some more tax money to assist.

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