House votes to protect John Doe's right's

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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    You won't see this one in the news...


    House Republicans tonight surprised Democrats with a procedural vote to protect public-transportation passengers from being sued if they report suspicious activity -- the first step by lawmakers to protect "John Doe" airline travelers already targeted in such a lawsuit.
    After a heated debate and calls for order, the motion to recommit the Democrats' Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 back to committee with instructions to add the protective language passed on a vote of 304-121.
    Republicans said the lawsuit filed by six Muslim imams against US Airways and "John Does," passengers who reported suspicious behavior, could have a "chilling effect" on passengers who may fear being sued for acting vigilant.....

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070327-065522-5346r.htm

    Here's the nays, you'll see the usual suspects, and not one Republican, who mostly travel in private jets, who don't think you deserve protection.

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll200.xml

    Abercrombie
    Ackerman
    Allen
    Baca
    Baldwin
    Becerra
    Berman
    Berry
    Bishop (GA)
    Blumenauer
    Brady (PA)
    Brown, Corrine
    Butterfield
    Capps
    Capuano
    Castor
    Clarke
    Clay
    Cleaver
    Clyburn
    Conyers
    Crowley
    Cummings
    Davis (AL)
    Davis (IL)
    DeGette
    Delahunt
    DeLauro
    Dingell
    Doggett
    Ellison
    Engel
    Eshoo
    Farr
    Fattah
    Filner
    Frank (MA)
    Gonzalez
    Green, Al
    Grijalva
    Gutierrez
    Harman
    Hastings (FL)
    Hinchey
    Hirono
    Holt
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    Hoyer
    Inslee
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    Jackson (IL)
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    Larsen (WA)
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    Meehan
    Meeks (NY)
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    This measure should have passed unanimously.

    It's hard to believe that many democrats are complete idiots.:eek:
     
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    Carpo --

    Why would it be so hard for you to believe that there are so many Democrats who are such complete idiots?

    (BTW, the same would apply to many Republicans too!)
     
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    I keep hoping.:BangHead:
     
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    ...Meanwhile, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, took the floor to oppose King's motion - and to defend the lawsuit against John Does. "We should be tolerant," he argued; people shouldn't be singled out because they "look different."
    In fact, the flying imams triggered concerns by a variety of unusual actions, as well as words that roused the concern of another Arabic-speaking passenger. Witnesses say that House members started booing Thompson.
    Finally, a member of the leadership realized how this would look to Americans watching on C-SPAN: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) was seen staring at Thompson and repeatedly drawing his hand across his throat - an urgent signal to get off the floor.
    With Democrats realizing they couldn't argue against King's measure, it went to a vote, and passed, 304 to 121
    Every one of those 121 votes aimed at defeating protection for "John Does" was a Democrat - indeed, more than half of all Democrats present voted "nay."
    And, with the exception of Rep. Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn), Democrats from the New York-New Jersey metro area led the way in voting against it.
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes Ground Zero, voted no. So did Rep. Carolyn Maloney, whose district includes Midtown, and Rep. Nita Lowey, who lost dozens of Westchester neighbors on 9/11. Rep. Bill Pascrelle hails from New Jersey, the home of 700 9/11 victims. Earlier that night, he had praised the bill's provision protecting government whistleblowers from retaliation. But he voted against such protection for John Does who don't have government jobs.


    http://www.nypost.com/seven/0402200...nd_opedcolumnists_debra_burlingame.htm?page=0
     

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