Thursday, July 19, 2007


[posted by Callimachus]

It's difficult for me to imagine what good justification there can be -- socially or politically -- for this.

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.

... Republicans wanted the provision included in final legislation, crafted yesterday during a House and Senate conference committee, that will implement final recommendations from the September 11 commission.

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.

So far today, their leadership has been silent on the topic. I'm waiting for our blogfriends on the left to write something that will explain it to me in a way that makes it anything more than political suicide -- even if it remains national suicide.

But so far I can find nothing there, either. Meanwhile, the mill is grinding.