A Bush administration
proposal for a network of anti-terrorism tipsters is being overhauled,
due to complaints it would encourage Americans to spy on one another,
Department plan has been modified to exclude as tipsters people
from industries and government agencies that often have access
to people's homes. The Terrorism Information and Prevention System
(TIPS) will focus instead on workers who operate on the highways,
such as truckdrivers, and at the ports of entry, officials said.
was to have been launched this month. But on Aug. 9, officials
said it will not be put into effect until Congress returns in
September to allow time for consultation with lawmakers.
idea was to offer a hot line people could call if during the course
of their workday they noticed something suspicious. But the U.S.
Postal Service said "no thanks" and other industries
also expressed reservations, saying they didn't want their workers
looked at by customers as potential spies.
Department no longer is seeking the participation of the Postal
Service or utility companies. Meanwhile, there's been no decision
about who will operate the hot line, but a likely choice is the
National White Collar Crime Center. The organization is a nonprofit
corporation of law enforcement agencies and state and local prosecution