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blaisepascal
I was just listening to NPR where they were talking about terrorism tips and the new legislation passed which grants immunity from civil suit to tipsters who turn in innocent people. What this means is that if you are not a terrorist but are turned in to the TSA by another passenger on your plane for "acting suspicious" by, oh, I dunno, looking out the window towards Mecca and praying in Arabic when an alarm on your PDA goes off and are escorted off the plane in handcuffs, you can't sue the passenger who was freaked out. Theoretically, you could still sue the TSA for handling the situation wrong, but you can't sue the tipster.

I haven't given enough thought to the situation to decide if I think such immunity from prosecution is a good thing or not.

However, I did find it chilling to hear a Republican member of the House of Representatives cite the "founding fathers" in saying that "eternal vigilance is the price of freedom" in support of citizens reporting "suspicious" behavior to the government.

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>I haven't given enough thought to the situation to decide if I
>think such immunity from prosecution is a good thing or not.


How much thought does it need, Mr. Orwell?

I can just imagine a scenario where She Who Must Not Be Named finds out that one of us is traveling and reports us to Homeland Security. In fact, due to what she's already done in certain cases I'm almost surprised it hasn't happened yet.

>Republican member of the House of Representatives cite the
>"founding fathers" in saying that "eternal vigilance is the
>price of freedom" in support of citizens reporting "suspicious"
behavior to the government.


Who was this Anti-American "representative?" I cannot call them a moron because if they're smart enough to know the quote they're smart enough to know the context...which means they deliberately mis-quoted it for the majority of sheep in this country who are not intelligent or educated enough to know the quote. :-(

Sheesh. :-( Anyone who doesn't think the terrorists are winning, and winning, and winning just isn't paying attention. :-(

Let's say for a moment that there was no legislative immunity from such lawsuits. Let's say that a few years from now, a few such lawsuits have succeeded, causing well-publicized bankruptcies for a few individuals who were bigoted, nervous, or just plain accidentally wrong.

Now say a hard-working, honest individual who's worried about paying to put his kids through college in a few years sees someone acting genuinely suspicious on his flight.

Go.

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