Florida to Citizens: Rat Out Your Terrorist Neighbors
iWATCH allows people to report terror-related activities online
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
This undated handout image provided by iWatch.org shows the cover of the I-Watch report, a program of anti-terrorism indicators for police.   (AP Photo/iWatch.org)

(Newser) – Expect a few Big Brother! cries around this one. A group of northeast Florida counties have introduced a way for its residents to report on fellow residents who they believe may be engaged in terror activities: an online system called iWATCH. The iWATCH site explains what kinds of things should be reported; among them: people making sketches of buildings, a stranger who asks about building security, worrisome fumes, and suspicious car renters.

The program has sparked a thread on Slashdot titled "Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists," where one commenter imagines "retirees staking out the pressure cookers at Walmart." But police tell the Florida Times-Union that people aren't likely to target others out of spite or because of a grudge, as all tips must be accompanied by a name and contact info.

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May 18, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
I'm willing to bet that this program in Florida is being funded by the Homeland Security under the Patriot Act. Watch out for those neo-cons and liberal socialists! They hate America and they want to destroy it.
May 18, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
Has anyone reported Bush and Cheney on the attacks on America during the 9/11 government coverup, and false flag operations.
May 18, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
How about ratting out the corrupt, completely corrupt, GOP freaks running Florida. Jeb Bush is the biggest criminal of them all. He worked with Cuban criminals on fraudulent real estate deals, He capitalized on the huge flow of cocaine into the state. He was part of his daddy's Ollie North Cocaine and Cash pipeline in the 80's through Eglin and Homestead. He and W and Neil were/are bag men for his CIA father. The Governor is about as sensible as a pig eating his own feces. Allen West is delusional yet half of Florida supports him. What is in the water in that rathole state? So - yes Citizens, watch for people sketching buildings while the billionaires and Drug Barons rob you blind.