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"Operation TIPS... is Utterly Anti-American"

From the closing paragraph of an editorial in today's Boston Globe:

Ashcroft's informant corps is a vile idea not merely because it violates civil liberties in a narrow legal sense or because it will sabotage genuine efforts to prevent terrorism by overloading law enforcement officials with irrelevant reports about Americans who have nothing to do with terrorists. Operation TIPS should be stopped because it is utterly anti-American. It would give Stalin and the KGB a delayed triumph in the Cold War -- in the name of the Bush administration's war against terrorism.
I wouldn't go quite as far as the Globe, but I'm glad to see that TIPS won't get a free pass. It may be implemented, but at least Congress will pay a bit of attention to it -- now they have no choice.

You can find previous entries on this topic here and here.

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