Shades of 1984.

Anyone else getting nervous about Dubya’s Operation Tips plan? According to this article over at News.com:

The government has unveiled more details of its Terrorist Information and Prevention System (TIPS), a plan to recruit volunteers across the country who will keep tabs on dubious or suspicious behavior.

“The program will involve the millions of 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,” according to the TIPS Web site.

Such workers also could include letter carriers, meter readers and others who would have access to private homes.

Volunteers would report the activity to law enforcement via the Internet or by telephone. The government also has set up a site where people can offer their services to Citizen Corps, a White House-backed community-based volunteer network that includes the TIPS program.

The American Civil Liberties Union, one of several critics of the plan, fears the proposal will encourage racial profiling and vigilantism, possibly leading to searches of private homes without a warrant.

“The administration apparently wants to implement a program that will turn local cable or gas or electrical technicians into government-sanctioned Peeping Toms,” Rachel King, an ACLU legislative counsel, said in a statement.

Looks like I need to renew my ACLU membership sooner than I thought. I guess old Orwell was only off by, oh, 20 years or so…

3 thoughts on “Shades of 1984.

  1. scary isn’t it? not only is big brother watching us, but now uncle stu, aunt jane, neighbor dan and that little old lady who looks so sweet sipping ice tea on her front porch.

  2. There are so many things wrong with this notion that it becomes hard to choose what to argue first. To me the most fallible part of this plan is the people involved. Who says these “ordinary citizens” have even the most vague notion of what suspicious behaviour is? And the fact is, sooner or later someone is going to try to use this for revenge/personal gain…. it’s bound to happen.

    Pretty creepy.

  3. those fuckinking amerikan bastard.
    50% of the tax gose to the army in amerika.
    oh yes they want to infringe on peoppels privisy do they if they did id yust throw them out the fucking window if they get an inch close to computer.
    arent the going against human rights oh i get it there not human as if isint that the same things that the nazis did to the yews.

    facts about terorist wich naturaly dont actualy exist.
    98%+ of the time there isent even a person who could be a terrorist.
    100% of the time terrorist is a propaganda word.
    no one would be honest how is one theyd yust name the peoppel thay hate.

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