Amtrak employees, parking-lot attendants, shopping retailers, bridge workers and even campers near the Canadian border have all been encouraged to report “suspicious activity” as part of an ongoing program by the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department to head off terrorism before it occurs.

So who’s the latest enlistee in the war on terror? Garbage collectors, according to the below segment from a Fox News station in Albany, N.Y. The story doesn’t specifically cite terrorism, saying the initiative is intended for keeping the area free from crime. But with former FBI agents involved in training the trash collectors on what to look for, it’s difficult to imagine terrorism won’t come up.

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G.W. Schulz is a reporter for Reveal, covering security, privacy, technology and criminal justice. Since joining The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2008, he's reported stories for NPR, KQED,, The Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones and more. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was an early contributor to The Chauncey Bailey Project, which won a Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2008. Schulz also has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter. He graduated from the University of Kansas and is based in Austin, Texas.