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Operation TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) was a domestic intelligence-gathering program designed by President George W. Bush to have U.S. citizens report on suspicious activities. The aim was to recruit “millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees and others” as informers.[1]

In 2002, Congress prohibited implementation of Operation TIPS after the media, the public, and members of Congress expressed concerns about infringements of privacy.

References Edit

  1. Operation TIPS web pages have been removed from the Internet.

External links Edit

  • Lisa M. Bowman, "Is your cable guy a spy?", C/Net News (July 17, 2002) (full-text).
  • "Citizen Spies," The New Yorker (Aug. 8, 2002) (full-text).
  • Ritt Goldstein, "US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies," Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (July 14, 2002) (full-text).
  • Anita Ramasastry "We Don't Need Citizen Spies: The Problem With The Bush Administration's Proposed 'Operations TIPS'," FindLaw's Writ (Aug. 5, 2002) (full-text).
  • George Sanchez, "The Furor Over TIPS," Mother Jones (July 17, 2002) (full-text).

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