US plans to recruit 1 in 24 Americans as citizen spies
- Carol@... wrote:
> This has gotten very little press attention but go to google.com and the
> govt agencies are all on top of it!! See news story below...
> Operation TIPS - the Terrorism Information and Prevention System - will be a
> nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers,
> conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to
> suspicious terrorist activity. Operation TIPS, a project of the U.S.
> Department of
> Justice, will begin as a pilot program in 10 cities that will be selected.
> Operation TIPS, involving 1 million workers in the pilot stage, will be a
> reporting system that allows these workers, whose routines make them
> well-positioned to recognize unusual events, to report suspicious activity.
> participant in this new program will be given an Operation TIPS information
> to be affixed to the cab of their vehicle or placed in some other public
> location so
> that the toll-free reporting number is readily available.
> Everywhere in America, a concerned worker can call a toll-free number and
> connected directly to a hotline routing calls to the proper law enforcement
> agency or
> other responder organizations when appropriate.
> Operation TIPS is coming in August 2002.
> Volunteer now!
> > US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies
> > By Ritt Goldstein
> > July 15 2002
> > 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".
> > Civil liberties groups have already warned that, with the passage
> > earlier this year of the Patriot Act, there is potential for abusive,
> > large-scale investigations of US citizens.
> > As with the Patriot Act, TIPS is being pursued as part of the so-called
> > war against terrorism. It is a Department of Justice project.
> > Highlighting the scope of the surveillance network, TIPS volunteers are
> > being recruited primarily from among those whose work provides access to
> > homes, businesses or transport systems. Letter carriers, utility
> > employees, truck drivers and train conductors are among those named as
> > targeted recruits.
> > A pilot program, described on the government Web site
> > www.citizencorps.gov, is scheduled to start next month in 10 cities,
> > with 1 million informants participating in the first stage. Assuming the
> > program is initiated in the 10 largest US cities, that will be 1 million
> > informants for a total population of almost 24 million, or one in 24
> > people.
> > Historically, informant systems have been the tools of non-democratic
> > states. According to a 1992 report by Harvard University's Project on
> > Justice, the accuracy of informant reports is problematic, with some
> > informants having embellished the truth, and others suspected of having
> > fabricated their reports.
> > Present Justice Department procedures mean that informant reports will
> > enter databases for future reference and/or action. The information will
> > then be broadly available within the department, related agencies and
> > local police forces. The targeted individual will remain unaware of the
> > existence of the report and of its contents.
> > The Patriot Act already provides for a person's home to be searched
> > without that person being informed that a search was ever performed, or
> > of any surveillance devices that were implanted.
> > At state and local levels the TIPS program will be co-ordinated by the
> > Federal Emergency Management Agency, which
> > was given sweeping new powers, including internment, as part of the
> > Reagan Administration's national security initiatives. Many key figures
> > of the Reagan era are part of the Bush Administration.
> > The creation of a US "shadow government", operating in secret, was
> > another Reagan national security initiative.
> > Ritt Goldstein is an investigative journalist and a former leader in the
> > movement for US law enforcement accountability. He has lived in Sweden
> > since 1997, seeking political asylum there, saying he was the victim of
> > life-threatening assaults in retaliation for his accountability efforts.
> > His application has been supported by the European Parliament, five of
> > Sweden's seven big political parties, clergy, and Amnesty and other
> > rights groups.
> > This story was found at:
> > http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/14/1026185141232.html