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Friday, July 20, 2007

Senate Kills "John Doe" Amendment

Senate has killed a legislative provision granting immunity from lawsuits against members of the public for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack — the “John Doe” amendment.

It’s not an obvious policy one way or the other. The possibility for abuse is clear. [I don't agree that the possibility for abuse is clear.]

But for some reason, according to the reports linked to above the people behind this legislative shift have chosen to obscure their identities. Why?

Message to the American people.

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