Friday, March 30, 2007
Protecting John Doe bill passed
Sent by: Brigitte Gabriel at American Congress for Truth
Protecting John Doe bill passed!
Thanks to the thousands of you who acted immediately after receiving our action alert, by writing and calling your elected officials nationwide. Your calls, emails and faxes have swamped our elected officials and your action paid off. This is the power of people being informed and coming together, as one voice to take action in a timely manner. I cannot be more proud and honored to have such an active membership. Thank you for your involvement and your activism.
The language for HR1640 was put into Rep. Shuster's bill HR1401. Rep. Pearce's leadership on this issue was central to this language being put into HR1401 which passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 304 to121.
"This is a big victory for all Americans," Shuster said. "No American should ever be sued because they tried to stop a terrorist act. No American should be forced to second guess a decision to alert authorities that could save the lives of others."
The Republican motion to recommit H.R. 1401, the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007, provides that any person who makes a voluntary disclosure regarding suspicious activity that constitutes a possible threat to transportation security to appropriate security and law enforcement authorities shall be immune from civil liability for such disclosure.
The amendment protects any such disclosure relating to threats to transportation systems, passenger safety or security, or possible acts of terrorism.
The amendment also shields transportation systems and employees that take reasonable actions to mitigate perceived threats.
The amendment is retroactive to activities that took place on or after November 20, 2006 - the date of the Minneapolis incident involving six Islamic leaders who were removed from a U.S. Airways flight after they were observed acting suspiciously.
Finally, the motion authorizes courts to award attorneys fees to defendants with immunity. To find out the list of those who voted for the bill and against click here .
It is so vitally important that we tell our elected representatives exactly what we think about legislation that will protect America.
Without concerned citizens like you, American Congress for Truth would not be able to make a difference for our nation's security. We at ACT are dedicated to informing and empowering Americans to make a difference in protecting our country from evil and those who wish to do us harm.
Thank you for your activism and patriotism. Thank you for helping me protect America, the dream that became my address.
Let my nation rise.