You Could Be Sued For Reporting Terrorists

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    So know, if you report suspicious activity - you may be guilty of racial profiling - according to Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

    Another example of why Dems cannot be trusted with national defense and national security



    Bennie Thompson vs. terrorism tipsters
    TODAY'S EDITORIAL
    May 15, 2007


    We've all seen this phrase in block letters: "REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY," followed by a 1-800 number. But if a House Democrat manages to kill a tipster-immunity measure under consideration in Congress this month, people who report suspicious behavior could be sued in civil court if the accused are not charged with a crime. November's frightened U.S. Airways "John Doe" passengers in Minneapolis are already in the crosshairs.
    The lawmaker in question is Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. He thinks that granting tipsters immunity amounts to racial and religious profiling. Yes, that's the Democrats' "homeland security" pointman in the House speaking.
    For two months, Mr. Thompson has deployed the profiling argument against this measure, tucked into the House transportation-security bill. The good news is that a bipartisan House majority already passed it 304-121 seven weeks ago. But sadly, Mr. Thompson is expected to strip it from the bill. He is expected to be the lead House negotiator in the coming weeks when the bill reaches conference committee, and if he is, he will have considerable sway over the final product.
    Mr. Thompson would stand alone among key homeland-security players, all of whom support immunity, if he blocks it. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat who chairs the Senate committee and ranking Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, both support it. So does Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, the ranking member in the House homeland-security committee.
    How damaging it would be to leave tipsters on the hook; there could be few better ways to staunch the flow of information. Think of last week's Fort Dix tipster and ask yourself whether you would report suspicious behavior in a similar position.
    The cutting edge of this debate, the case of the anonymous U.S. Airways passengers in Minneapolis, is not encouraging. These passengers observed six imams refuse to sit in their assigned seats, request metal-bearing seatbelt extensions and speak loud condemnations of the United States. After frightened passengers reported this behavior, the imams were removed from the flight. Troublemakers are routinely removed for less. But the "John Does" were sued along with the airline and regulatory authorities.
    Listening to Mr. Thompson's March 27 floor remarks, it's clear that he thinks an absence of legal charges against the accused means that the tipsters can be penalized in court. This shifts the precarious balance between liberty and security much too far in one direction.
    Think about this Catch-22 for a moment. The government encourages ordinary citizens to pass on potential terrorism information, as it should. But those citizens can now be sued if no charges are filed. One can literally be sued for reporting provocative behavior on an airline. We're clearly a long way from September 11. What a disgrace.

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    Well something has to be done to keep people like you from reporting a 'terrorist" around every corner. Community policing is not the American way. It sounds too much like "big brother."

    If you're going to be calling in reporting anything you consider "suspicious activity" you should be held accountable for your accusations. why should you be allowed to remain anonymous while you sling your crap around?
     
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    So the store clerk who prevented an attack on our troops at Ft Dix was acting like "big brother"?

    You cannot fight a PC war Rosotar
     
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    You are also held responsible for standing up and yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theater. And don't forget, bearing false witness is condemned in the Bible...Or did you just ignore that part because you find it disagreeable? The Stazi would've loved you.
     
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    Oh yes - now the left has to downplay the fact a terrorist attack has been prevented and start playing the race card

    Libs still think they can fight - and win - aPC war
     
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    Having manged a photo-lab, I can say that I, more than once, turned photos over to the police that got a child molester convicted. The operator of this photo lab did essentially the same thing, resulting in arrests. whether they can be convicted or not remains to be seen.
     
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    They only have their own words and actions as evidence
     
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    Was he demanding anonymity?

    What's PC about expecting people to own the things they say?

    You failed to mention the people who have been wrongly accused of being terrorists because of the color of their skin.
     
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    if someone turned me in for being a terrorist, I would sue them and take everything they own. :rofl:
     

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