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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-04 04:39 PM
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1. important stuff
most folks also don't know TIPS is being activated in FLA.

Florida Citizens to Help Catch Terrorists,2933,125598,00.html

Thursday, July 15, 2004

MIAMI Law enforcement officials in central Florida are planning to train cable repairmen, exterminators and apartment managers to report signs of terrorism inside their clients homes.

Supporters of the program say making private citizens the eyes and ears of the police will save lives.

But opponents, like the ACLU (search), call the plan un-American and say its a violation of privacy.

Operation TIPS (search), a similar program proposed by President Bush, was withdrawn in 2002 after critics said it would lead to racial profiling.

So far, 5,000 brochures detailing the Florida plan have been printed, and volunteers will be trained what to look for.


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