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.
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.
King sounds dazed, as well he should:“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.”
Sounds like your questioning the Democrats' patroitism, Pete! Easy there, tiger!
Michelle Malkin has a rollcall of how the Senators voted on this bill...Obama didn't vote (tough guy that he is), Hillary voted with the Republicans on this one (in an election cycle to boot!), and how did New Jersey's elected representatives vote?
No New Jersey Representatives
Lautenberg (D, NJ)
Menendez (D, NJ)
Just enough to tilt a bill that would protect their middle-class constituents in favor of...suspected terrorists.
What's next - will Lautenberg and Menendez don their kaffiyehs and start rounding up New Jersey's Jews? 'Cause they are doing just about everything else they can do to support the cause of radical Islam in America....