The Democrats prove once more that because they have no clue that there is a threat of terrorism, they need to be dumped from majority status. The Democrats actually spiked the John Doe provision from the Homeland Security Bill, which would protect Americans from lawsuits when they in good faith report suspicious activity that could lead to a terrorist act. I can't believe they're doing this at all let alone after the release of a report that said al Qaeda is ramping up its efforts to get their operatives into this country to commit terrorist acts:
Congressional Democrats today failed to include a provision in homeland security legislation that would protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leaders.
"This is a slap in the face of good citizens who do their patriotic duty and come forward, and it caves in to radical Islamists," said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Republicans wanted the provision included in final legislation, crafted yesterday during a House and Senate conference committee, that will implement final recommendations from the September 11 commission.
Mr. King and Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, sponsored the provision after a group of Muslim imams filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against US Airways and unknown "John Doe" passengers. The imams were removed from US Airways Flight 300 on Nov. 20 after fellow passengers on the Minneapolis-to-Phoenix flight complained about the imams' suspicious behavior.
On March 27, the House approved the "John Doe" amendment on a 304-121 vote.
"Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement," Mr. King said. "I don't see how you can have a homeland security bill without protecting people who come forward to report suspicious activity."
Bryan at Hot Air puts this into the correct perspective:
The story notes that Democrats like Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson opposed the "John Doe" protection out of fears it would lead to racial profiling. Because, of course, racial profiling is so much worse than losing a city full of innocent people.
Are the Democrats for real here? Arguing that the fear of racial profiling is sufficient enough to pull a provision that encourages Americans to report suspicious activity is so outrageous, I feel like I'm reading satire, not an actual news report.
Michelle Malkin lists key phone numbers to call to express your outrage about this dangerous decision.
Congress switchboard: 202-224-3121
Nancy Pelosi's office: 202-225-4965