FC: Ashcroft backs away from TIPS informant program, just slightly

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Jul 25 2002 - 23:08:16 PDT

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       Ashcroft: No Database for TIPs 
       Anti-Terror Information Will Be Passed On, He Testifies
       By Dan Eggen
       Washington Post Staff Writer
       Friday, July 26, 2002; Page A10
       Attorney General John D. Ashcroft told senators yesterday that he had
       scrapped plans to include a centralized database as part of a
       controversial program enlisting millions of Americans as
       anti-terrorist tipsters.
       But Ashcroft defended the Operation TIPS initiative as a valuable way
       for truck drivers, ship captains and others to identify potential
       terrorist activities.
       "It builds on existing programs that industry groups have," Ashcroft
       said in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "You have the
       ability of people who have a regular perception, who understand what's
       out of order here, what's different here, and maybe something needs to
       be looked into."
       Ashcroft also warned that "the entire United States of America is a
       target for terrorist activities."
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