Saturday, May 07, 2005

Operation Brown Shirt

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this week floated an idea to start a nonprofit group that would collect information on private citizens, flag suspicious activity, and send names of suspicious people to his department. Read the rest HERE.

This is nothing more than a repackaged version of Defense Department's now-dead Total Information Awareness program (operation snitch) it was a bad idea then and it's a bad idea now! It's a mirror image of Operation TIPS—the Terrorism Information and Prevention System—is one of the failed initiatives of the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism.” According to a statement posted on the government’s web site, TIPS “will be a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letters carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to spy on fellow Americans and report suspicious activity.”


At 3:44 PM, Blogger Sick Boy said...

Isn't this already going on in the "Neighborhood Watch" program? I thought privacy ends in the public square? I will agree that clandestine or covert reporting of citizens by citizens is a little shady. However, what are we to do? Uncle Sam is getting tired. I will not place another mattress on top of the pea, I like the first mattress. Get rid of the pea. To be honest, I am concerned about what doesn't get broadcasted in the news. The sleepers are here, amongst us. Watching, planning, learning,; breeding.


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