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U.S. Marshals now take whistleblower tips via anonymous text

By Lynn Herrmann     Feb 7, 2012 in Crime
San Antonio - In a move apparently at odds with President Obama’s war on whistle blowers, Marshals with the Western District of Texas now accept anonymous text messages on the whereabouts of fugitives, a program among the first of its kind in the country.
After news came late Friday of Private Bradley Manning’s full court martial for allegedly leaking sensitive and embarrassing government documents, U.S. Marshals may be trying to lay fears to rest over anyone considering informing on the whereabouts of fugitives in hiding, with a new anonymous text messaging program.
“This program is a great way for the public to help reduce crime in their city,” said Robert Almonte, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, MySA reports. Attempting to cheer the variant whistle blowers on, he added, “Let’s get together and arrest these fugitives before they commit more crimes and leave more innocent victims in their wake.”
Whistle blowers interested in helping U.S. Marshals in Texas can text message them at 847411, using the keyword “Lone Star”, and pass along their information on fugitives. According to MySA, the tip-passing person’s phone number and identity will remain anonymous.
Tipsters so inclined may also call in their information, also anonymously, to the San Antonio office at 210-271-2554.
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