Look I understand the government wanting someone to let them know that the new neighbors down the street, the ones with all the opprressed burka wearing wives they shuttle in and out of of sedan cars, are suddenly receiving large shipments of guns and ammo, and are assembling incendiary devices late into the night in their garage. If I were a cable repairman and I stumbled into a situation where everyone in the house suddenly flicked out their Turkish cigarettes and tucked away their AK47s whenever I walked into a room, I just might want to say something to someone. But when our government is encouraging average citizens to join a citizen corps tips program I think maybe we all ought to show some concern for our rights and look to history for some sobering examples of how something like this can go terribly wrong.
"Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
I read this on a message board this morning, makes sense to me.
Subject: TIPS is a wonderful business opportunity
Date: 7/21/2002 1:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time
First, we can all discourage businesses from participating by asking anyone you do business with - "Do you participate in the TIPS program?" If they do, go elsewhere. Do I have anything to hide? No. Not the point. What I do is no one's business.
Here's the business opportunity:
If the post office participates (which they already said they won't), open a post office box place that advertises "We do not participate in TIPS"
If the phone company participates, use private phone installers. Private phone and cable installers, advertise "I do not participate in TIPS."
Exterminators, delivery companies, movers, plumbers, electricians - anyone who comes to your home - if you're in those businesses, advertise you are not a member of the household spy ring. If you use one of those services, always ask. The phone company makes a fortune charging a monthly fee for in-home repair. Ask them if they are participating in TIPS. If they are, drop the service since you wouldn't want them in your house anyway. If enough people drop the service, the phone company will lose enough money and drop TIPS.
Also, call your Congressman. Congress has the power to derail this Stalinist program.
"Those who would give up their liberty for the sake of a little security deserve neither liberty nor security." - Benjamin Franklin
"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think". - Adolf Hitler
"I'd sure hate to be an arab with with a subscription to Guns and Ammo now." - DUFFmeng X