Thursday, July 19, 2007

Who Needs Protection for Doing the Right Thing?

Democrats seek to water down provisions that would protect whistle blowers against lawsuits from those they report.

From the Washington Post:

Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides.

This John Doe Legislation was proposed after the Flying Imams incident, and the subsequent threatened lawsuit. The idea being that anyone who reported suspicious behavior shouldn't be able to be sued after the fact.

“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 in an interview last night.
“I don't see how you can have a homeland security bill without protecting people who come forward to report suspicious activity,” Mr. King said.

But in true Democrat fashion-being Politically Correct is more important than keeping the public safe:

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, initially opposed the legislation for fear it would lead to racial profiling.

You know, even if they're acting illegally, or just to terrify the other passengers.
This is so stupid it makes my head hurt. People who are acting suspiciously should be reported. And if they're doing nothing wrong, it teaches them not to act like that in the future. It MAY be that the guy next door is just looking in the window of your neighbors house to see if their best friend is home. They also could be a robber looking to steal everything they own.

But if you can get sued for being wrong...will you call the cops?

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