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US plans to recruit 1 in 24 Americans as citizen spies

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  • Carol Moore
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 14, 2002
      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...
      >
      > http://www.citizencorps.gov/tips.html
      > Operation TIPS - the Terrorism Information and Prevention System - will be a
      > nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers,
      > train
      > conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to
      > report
      > 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
      > national
      > reporting system that allows these workers, whose routines make them
      > well-positioned to recognize unusual events, to report suspicious activity.
      > Every
      > participant in this new program will be given an Operation TIPS information
      > sticker
      > 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
      > be
      > 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!
      > +++++++++++++
      > http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/14/1026185141232.html
      >
      > > 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
      > >
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