Vigilance on Your Morning Commute
Remember a few years back, when then Attorney General John Ashcroft
introduced the TIPS program? You know, the nationwide law
enforcement initiative technically known as the Terrorist
Information and Prevention System, whose stated purpose was to
recruit "American workers who, in the daily course of their work,
are in a unique position to see potentially unusual or suspicious
activity in public places." Remember the willies some of us may have
gotten at the prospects of our cable guy reporting on our choice of
books, posters, or music?
Well, the folks that run the Baltimore-Washington MARC train seem to
have taken after the TIPS program, as a picture we received via a
fellow blogger at Articulatory Loop seems to indicate. "Watch, Ride,
and Report," the poster warns, amidst a backdrop that could have
come straight from the twisted mind of George Orwell's 1984 or an
out-of-work Soviet propagandist.
Whatever the purpose of the program and however mystifying the
artwork, this DCist knows to leave the Noam Chomsky at home and
settle instead for the patriotically unthreatening romance novels of
Oh wait. Word has it that Steel splits her time between San
Francisco and France. Traitor!