Posted by: As I See It by Arnie | July 21, 2007

John Doe gets the Shaft.

Now, if you see a suspicious activity you had better think twice or three times about reporting it to the authorities, as you may get sued. Yes, you could lose everything, your home, your life savings, your peaceful good honorable citizen life as you pay the attorney fees to defend yourself against a lawsuit. Unbelievable, but true.

The democrats failed to include the provision in homeland security legislation, as introduced by Rep Peter King of New York. It would have prevented citizens from being sued if they saw some suspicious behavior that could lead to a terrorist attack and by notifying authorities about what you saw as threatening.  Remember the six imams of Minneapolis? They filled a civil rights lawsuit against US Airways and unnamed passengers, the John Does, for violations of their civil rights, and included false arrest, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, failure to train, conspiracy to discriminate, and negligence. Suspicious activity.   Shouting allah. allah in the airport is not suspicious behavior? Give me a break. That would be suspicious behavior anywhere but in a Mosque, where it belongs.

WasTimes article American citizens lose out to political correctness again. Profiling. We can’t have any of that.

“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.”


On July 12, a flight from Los Angeles to London was diverted to New York over security concerns about a passenger of Middle Eastern descent who was removed from the plane for suspicious activity. And, he did not have proper identification. Suspicious? But CAIR may cry racial profiling.

“I think the good news here, of course, is an alert crew sees something that’s anomalous or seems questionable and they take action. It may very well turn out that this is nothing more than a misunderstanding with an employee who used an employee bus to get on a plane for a private flight,” Chertoff said. More…

Michelle Malkin has more on this. has more.

The bottom line is that American citizens are getting the shaft. Fear of a lawsuit will be enough to prevent the average John Doe from reporting suspicious activity. If you are walking down the street and you see two masked men walk into a bank, are you going to call 911? If you see someone removing weapons from the trunk of a car and start to walk toward the mall entrance, are you going to call 911? But an airport screener is hauled in for racial profiling when he/she pulls a Middle Eastern person out of the line to be personally screened. Can’t do that, it’s profiling. If a police officer pulls over a person for running a stop light, the driver just happens to be Hispanic, and the officer asks for identification of citizenship, it’s then considered profiling. You can’t do that. I’m sure you have plenty of your own examples.

America is in trouble. Organizations like CAIR are winning. Lawyers are winning.

John Doe is getting the shaft.  You are getting the shaft.  Average Americans are getting the shaft.  Democrats get more cash from their supporters.


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