Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. Today a generous funder will match your donation 2 to 1. That means when you give $15 today, your donation will be worth $45. So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to help make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Community Radio Under Fire: A Look at Wgdr Radio in...
2002-07-16

The Terrorism Information and Prevention System: The Bush Administration Says It Will Recruit One in 24 U.S. Citizen Spies

download:   Video Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

The Bush administration next month is set to test a little-known program that will recruit one in 24 U.S. citizens as domestic spies.

The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, also known as Operation TIPS, will rely on truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, utility employees, and other workers whose jobs allow them access to private homes.

About one million workers will kick off the pilot project in August in ten cities nationwide as part of President Bush’s Citizen Corps volunteer program. Participants can report suspicious activity to a toll-free hotline that will record information into a database available to the Justice Department and local and state officials.

But Justice Department officials have released few details of the program, prompting criticism from both conservatives and civil libertarian groups who say the use of well-meaning citizens to search homes without warrants is reminiscent of George Orwell’s "1984."

Guest:

  • Jim Redden, author of "Snitch Culture".

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news