I thought I'd torture myself and follow a link to the Terrorist Information and Prevention System, you know, the Resident's plan to recruit our fellow citizens to be informants on their neighbors. It's part of Citizen Corps. Portland, OR is already listed as participating. The document explaining it all rather comfortingly tells us our community may already have the structures in place for our Citizen Corps, that our Neighborhood Watch groups, our Red Cross, could serve as our Citizen Corps. Isn't that just wonderful?!
So TIPS "will be a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity. Operation TIPS, a project of the U.S. Department of Justice, will begin as a pilot program in 10 cities that will be selected." Funny, they didn't mention library workers. Aren't we in a position to report suspicious activity? I guess they heard we fiercely defend intellectual freedom. Oops, I digress again.
I further tortured myself by scanning the guide to the Citizen Corps. It's very warm and fuzzy, celebrating our volunteers and our firefighters and ems workers. United we Stand. Yes.
Here's funny number one: "Additional aspects of the federal government role in Citizen Corps will include: Promoting Citizen Corps at the national level and providing a national message, a logo, and a brand". I was just having a conversation today in which a friend said, "America = Capitalism". Gotta have that brand recognition.
But wait, here's the really funny thing. At the end of the word document about the Citizen Corps there is an Appendix of related websites. The link to the Points of Light organization (ew, thanks to daddy bush) takes you here:
Heeheeheehee. I don't think W will like that.