Thursday, July 01, 2004

Ashcroft's Eyes And Ears? If the house of Bush is pushing for thousands of tanker drivers, truckers, bus drivers and rest-stop workers to enlist in an effort to find extremists and terrorists where will this stop? This story is important yet where is the public outrage like when Ashcroft proposed the TIPs program which simply disappeared!? On a blazing hot morning last week, 75 men and women of the highway ‹bus drivers, truckers and van operators ‹convened at a nondescript office building in Little Rock, Ark., to be trained as terrorist hunters. The Department of Homeland Security this year gave $19.3 million to the American Trucking Associations, which is based in Alexandria, Va., to recruit a volunteer "army" called Highway Watch. So far, 10,000 truckers have signed on to become amateur sleuths. Over the next year, the goal is to add tollbooth workers, rest-stop employees and construction crews, creating a corps of 400,000 people drawn from every state. Chilling idea, eh? I would not cut off that semi-truck on the Interstate anymore, don't know what they might tell the DHS. We are certainly slouching toward something.
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