The Republicants are trying to bring back Operation TIPS in a softer, friendlier package, after outrage killed it dead when it was first brought forward after 9/11. It is being brought back, I suppose, because creating a police state has always been a part of the Bush agenda for America.
The scary thing is that Republicans think that Americans are ignorant, cowed, and utterly pathetic enough to accept such a thing now that Bush has a "mandate"... the sad thing is they're probably right. Several cities and states already have trial programs in the works.
The asshole who gets to float this
"The eyes and ears which gather intelligence need to be as developed in our country as they were in foreign countries during the cold war," said Mr. Romney, stirring up fond memories of the K.G.B. and the East German secret police. "Meter readers, E.M.S. drivers, law enforcement, private sector personnel need to be on the lookout for information which may be as useful."
It's kinda like Disneyland... except that everyone is a spy. The friendly meter man, peeking in your windows and wondering why you're using extra electricity this month. The mail man, who stares suspiciously at your packages and jots down a quick address. The pizza delivery boy, who thinks you don't tip enough, but likes a good practical joke.
Hometown USA -- A nation of finks.