CAIR: CONGRESS STALLS BILLS TO SHIELD THE VIGILANT
Legislative initiatives to grant lawsuit protection to people who report suspicious activity in public were dealt a setback in Congress last week.
Two proposals, both inspired by the "flying imams" federal lawsuit in Minnesota, were tabled by lawmakers Thursday, despite mounting support for legislation protecting people who report potential terrorist acts.
In the Senate, lawmakers split 57-39, three votes shy of the 60 needed to attach immunity legislation to a bill on college tuition aid.
The amendment, by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, split Minnesota's two senators: Norm Coleman, a Republican, voted to add the amendment; Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, voted against it, though she indicated that she may support it in the future.
"I had concerns about using an education bill to grant blanket immunity when the issue has not been fully considered by the Judiciary Committee," she said. . .
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which supports the imams' lawsuit, said the group "has no particular problem" with properly drawn immunity legislation.
"Our concern has never been with reports made in good faith by ordinary people," Hooper said. "Our concern is with malicious reports based on bigoted views or which are just meant to harass people based on their ethnicity."