Citizen Spies

US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies

The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups.

The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police. The program would use a minimum of 4 per cent of Americans to report “suspicious activity”.

This is just surreal. It’s like I keep expecting to wake up and realize it was all a dream. Citizen spies? Asking the mailman and electric meter reader to report suspicious activity?

Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.citizencorps.gov/tips.html

Just keep repeating – if you haven’t done anything wrong, you don’t need to worry.

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4 Responses to Citizen Spies

  1. anna says:

    hey robert, welcome back to the blogosphere. =)

    did you hear dick armey shot TIPS and national id cards down in committee? =)

  2. Robert says:

    did you hear dick armey shot TIPS and national id cards down in committee? =)

    I remember hearing that he was going to. I’m glad he has.

  3. anna says:

    hey look, we agreed! ;) i knew there was some common ground in there somewhere.

  4. Robert says:

    hey look, we agreed! ;) i knew there was some common ground in there somewhere.

    It was bound to happen. You couldn’t continue to be wrong on everything! ;-)

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