Gov. Rendell owes the public far more than just the impassioned, shamefaced apologies he served up this week for his administration's boneheaded tracking of legitimate citizen protest groups as if they posed an actual terrorist threat.
Nothing less than a full, independent investigation followed by a housecleaning will clear the air about this bungled effort supposedly designed to protect the state's "critical infrastructure."
So far, though, Rendell merely has apologized, canceled a six-figure no-bid contract with consultants paid to produce the alerts, and ordered an in-house inquiry. And no heads will roll.
At the state Office of Homeland Security, which ran the program under the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), director James F. Powers Jr. - a 30-year military veteran - won't even get a timeout for circulating the useless security alerts. Why? Rendell says there was "collective responsibility" within the agencies for the mishap, and for handing out a no-bid $103,000 contract to the consultants, the Philadelphia-based Institute on Terrorism Research and Response.