“John Doe” Making A Comeback

Thanks to bloggers.


If you remember, The John Doe Amendment was a provision in homeland security legislation that would have protected the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that looked like it might lead to a terrorist attack.

Peter King and Rep. Steve Pearce, a 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.

It was killed in the Senate, last week, after House Republican John Boehner warned Democrats of a public backlash if the “John Doe” provision was removed.

The Washington Times, July 19:

“That language was put into this bill with broad bipartisan support making it clear that having Americans protected from silly lawsuits if they notice suspicious behavior and report it is just plain common sense,” Mr. Boehner said. “And why would they remove that language and I think they are asking for serious trouble if the language is in fact taken out.”

The Washington Times, July 23:

“Democrats have been backed into a corner by public outrage over their efforts, so we are seeing these Democrats publicly say they support it in principle, but behind the scenes they are working to kill it,” said one Republican leadership aide close to the conference process…

Some Republican aides are attributing the mounting pressure to support the provision to press reports and the blogosphere, where bloggers turned bloggyists are posting phone numbers of Democrat congressional leaders and urging readers to call in with their support.

“The blogs have been a terrific vehicle for expressing public outrage over Democratic attempts to kill this provision,” said a spokesman for [Peter] King.

The poor poor Democrats. What a pickle they’re in! We shined the light of truth on them, and they looked like the crap-weasels they are. So unfair!

Found via Hot Air.



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