DOJ recruiting trucker 007s

| 7/16/2002

The U.S. Department of Justice is recruiting millions of truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees and others to serve as domestic informants reporting possible terrorist activity.

Next month, DOJ will announce a pilot program to test the concept in 10 cities. An expected, one million workers will participate in the program, known as the Terrorism Information and Prevention System (TIPS).

Every TIPS participant will be given an information sticker "to be affixed to the cab of their vehicle or placed in some other public location" so that a toll-free reporting number will be readily available, according to the TIPS web site (www.citizencorps.gov).

The idea is expected to draw criticism from civil liberties groups who have already warned of the U.S. PATRIOT Act's potential for abuse and large-scale investigations of U.S. citizens.