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Monday, May 14, 2007

Elements of the MSM finally taking up the John Doe issue

I'll make this short and sweet because I'm sort of busy right now, but Captain Ed notes that the MSM is starting to take notice of the need for John Doe protections. Katherine Kersten at the Strib noticed that while little is being done, there are a few in Congress that aren't just letting this slide into obscurity:

The bill's sponsors submitted it as an amendment to another bill in March. It passed 304-121. Every House Republican and 105 Democrats voted for the it. Opponents included Minnesota's Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Jim Oberstar.

So where is the bill now? It's stuck in a House-Senate conference committee. Last Friday, however, Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, and others introduced a standalone version of the bill, and this week sponsors plan to do the same in the House.

The stakes here are large. What would have happened at Fort Dix if the store clerk had hesitated to contact authorities because he feared a retaliatory lawsuit? We might be watching funerals on TV.

"If we didn't get that tip, I couldn't be sure what would happen," said Christopher Christie, U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

J.P Weis, the FBI agent in charge of the case, praised the anonymous clerk. "I want to especially salute the unsung hero who took the initiative to report the video to local authorities," he said in a news release. Weis continued: "We need to reach the point where everyone is willing to come forward and say to law enforcement, 'I have seen or heard something that you need to know.' "

But if Congress refuses to act on the Protecting Americans Fighting Terrorism Act, that point will never come.

"This bill should have sailed through the House and the Senate and been on the president's desk in a week," says Kline. "It's amazing to me that some people still don't understand the nature of the threat we face."

Now we're both small government people, and we'd like to see Congress only act on things when the action is called for. The John Doe protections are absolutely needed. I posted a lengthy piece about this last week in which I made it clear that those who apologize, excuse, or otherwise enable our enemy will do what it takes to silence the public. Right now, they're falling back on suing those that stop their little buddies from carrying out their "missions," whether that is an attack on the nation, or ramming shari'a down our throats.

I, and a number of others in the 'Sphere, urge people to call their DC representatives, and tell them to get on board with this bill. It is as important in our war against Islamofascist terrorism as the appropriations for the troops. Freedom isn't free, and one of the ways it can be assured is through the vigilance of a free people. The Congressional switchboard number is 202-225-3121. Call them today, tomorrow, and the next day until these protections are in place.

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