Over the last month, many blogs including this one have been telling you about the “King Amendment.”
Congressman Peter King of New York, introduced the bill to provide the whistle blowers with “immunity for reporting suspicious activities and mitigating terrorist threats relating to transportation security,” was passed. Or in non-congressional human language the intent of the legislation is to cover the “ass-ets” of those who take reasonable action” to report suspicious activities to the authorities by providing the persons reporting the suspicious activities with immunity from civil liability. This bill not only protects the whistle blowers, but in the end protects all of us by preventing terrorist actions.
A group of PC Democrats had the amendment removed from the Homeland Security bill last week and we all asked our readers to contact their representatives to tell them to make this bill happened. Well–you guys did it. Last night the amendment passed….chalk up one for the good guys…chalk up one for America.
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Victory! The King Amendment is saved! CSP Press Release | Jul 25, 2007 (Washington, D.C.): The Center for Security Policy is gratified that its efforts, those of innumerable bloggers, radio talk show hosts and other public-minded citizens translated into an important legislative victory late last night. Thanks to the leadership of Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, the chairman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and especially that of Rep. Pete King, Sen. Collins’ counterpart on the House Homeland Security Committee, legislation along the lines of that adopted by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives last May at Rep. King’s initiative will shortly become law. The language will provide protection against the sorts of harassment lawsuits filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) after several unidentified individuals reported six Muslim imams engaged in suspicious – and frightening – behavior prior to boarding a USAir flight in November 2006. CAIR has been identified as a front organization for the Muslim Brotherhood and is an un-indicted co-conspirator in an alleged terrorism-financing plot. Center President Frank Gaffney said on learning of this extraordinary development: “Thanks to courageous, principled and tenacious efforts by key legislators like Rep. King and Sens. Lieberman and Collins, the American people are going to be free to do their part in the War for the Free World – serving as indispensable eyes and ears for those trying to protect us against terrorism – without fear that the likes of CAIR will be suing them for doing so.” “We are extremely grateful to these lawmakers and also to members of the Democratic leadership who opposed such efforts, but eventually relented in the face of an outpouring of public demands that the King amendment be enacted into law. We are even more appreciative of the efforts made by all those who helped alert the public to the need to engage so directly and, ultimately, so decisively.”