Skip the TIPS

July 28th, 2002 – 1:37 pm
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“The Bush administration wants a new set of eyes – millions of them. But perched in his rig at a truck stop near Jessup, Md., George Freeman shook his pony-tailed head at a proposed terrorism informant network that would rely on millions of American workers to feed the government tips on suspicious activity. ‘It’s going to be overused and abused, especially with people so nervous as it is,’ said Freeman, 45, who hauls produce cross-country. ‘You’re going to have people running every which way looking for terrorists and their 15 minutes of glory.’ Freeman’s concerns were echoed by a slew of privacy-minded groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and legislators from both sides of the ideological divide last week, perhaps signaling that Americans want some limits on governmental intrusion despite the new threats from abroad.”

Fortunately, despite some people jumping forward to say how great it is, lots of people don’t seem to like the idea of the proposed TIPS program. The most significant of these is probably House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), who is the one with the power to actually try and stop it. Let’s hope he succeeds.

Read the article here.

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