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SMILE, YOU GOT MAIL: Postal officials change stance on Operation TIPS - will spy on you after all

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    Assalamu alaikum, Postal officials change stance on Operation TIPS From Kelli Arena http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/07/18/operation.tips/index.html WASHINGTON (CNN)
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 20, 2002
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      Postal officials change stance on Operation TIPS

      From Kelli Arena

      http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/07/18/operation.tips/index.html

      WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a shift from its position 24 hours earlier, the
      U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it had decided to meet with the Justice
      Department to discuss Operation TIPS, a government plan to encourage U.S.
      postal workers to report suspicious activity as part of the government's
      war on terrorism.

      USPS officials had said Wednesday their 800,000 employees would not
      participate in the proposed program, whose name is an acronym for
      Terrorist Information and Prevention System.

      But the USPS explained Thursday, "That decision was made because we had
      insufficient information on the program, and because we had not discussed
      the issue internally or with the two unions affected."

      In a statement, the postal service said it, the National Association of
      Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association agreed
      a meeting was necessary with Department of Justice representatives to
      discuss the initiative.

      No meeting has been scheduled.

      Several weeks ago, Homeland Security officials approached the postal
      service about Operations TIPS and held a preliminary meeting about the
      possible involvement of letter carriers in the proposed initiative.

      Plans for the program have raised concern across the political spectrum.
      Members of civil liberties and privacy groups have joined conservative
      groups in their condemnation of the proposed program, dubbing it
      "Operation Snoops."



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