(From Cox and Forkum)
The Democrap Party wants to do everything they can to prevent you from reporting suspicious behavior. That is why they are trying to kill the "John Doe" provision in the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007:
The fate of "John Doe" now falls to the conference committee, headed by Senator Joe Lieberman, who supports the provision, and Rep. Bennie Thompson, who opposes it. This week the committee is expected to release the final version of the homeland security bill, implementing the remaining recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Leading Democrats -- including Senate Judiciary Chairman [Pat "Leaky"] Leahy, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers -- continue to work behind the scenes to scuttle the immunity clause, throwing up procedural obstacles and insisting that other committees must have a say.That's right, friends! The same Democrap Party that wants you to trust them to keep us safe doesn't want your help in keeping us safe. "Waaah!! It will lead to profiling!! Waaahh!!" Yes, it will lead to profiling. People will be able to build a profile of what suspicious behavior looks like, and thus help to prevent another attack.
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said last week that the subway tipline had received 1,944 reports in 2006. We'll never know precisely how many terrorist acts may have been prevented because of those workaday whistleblowers. But as the Fort Dix plot -- uncovered by a retail clerk -- proves, vigilance works.
There is good news, however. The "John Doe" provision might not be as dead as was believed (via Michelle Malkin):
Public pressure is mounting on Capitol Hill Democrats to include the "John Doe" provision into a written conference report of the final 911 Commission bill.But, hey, just ignore that Arab-looking guy getting on the plane with a thick, bundled-up winter jacket in the middle of July. He just has bad circulation. Er, something.
The provision would protect the public for reporting suspicious behavior that may be terrorist connected, and is the result of a current lawsuit against U.S. Airways and John Doe passengers filed by a group of imams who were kicked off a flight [after acting like terrorists].
"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.
"There are powerful Democrats in the House and Senate trying to kill this provision, the aide said.
"Keeping the pressure on" to include the provision are Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Independent and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, the committee's ranking member, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine whose efforts last week fell three votes short of passing the provision to an education bill, and Rep. Pete King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee and an author of the provision.