Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), in his markup of legislation to create
a Homeland Security Department, has rejected a program that would
use volunteer truckers, utility workers, letter carriers and others
in domestic surveillance.
Information and Prevention System (TIPS) was to begin in August
with 1 million volunteers recruited in 10 cities. However, the
U.S. Postal Service declined to take part in the program and civil
liberties groups complained about privacy issues.
Armey believes there are other and better ways to involve citizens
in the protection of the homeland," said Richard Diamond,
the congressman's press secretary. "There are traditional
ways of pitching in, helping out, like becoming a volunteer firefighter."
banned the idea of national identity cards, leaving driver's licensing
in the hands of the states.