Legislation in response to 6 imams’ lawsuit

Would protect airline passengers who report, in good faith, suspicious activity

While apparently the behaviors of the 6 imams aboard US Airways Flight 300 on the November 20, 2006, only resembled those of the 9/11 hijackers, were the passengers and crew supposed to only pray that there was no danger?

House Republican Steve Pearce, of New Mexico, does not think so. On Thursday, he introduced the Protecting Americans Fighting Terrorism Act of 2007. The Washington Times reports the measure was introduced:

“…a week after a lawsuit was filed by a group of Muslim imams who were taken off a US Airways flight in November. It is “unconscionable” that those who report suspicious activity could be “terrorized in our own court system in our own country,” Mr. Pearce said on the House floor yesterday afternoon…

Mr. Pearce called the lawsuit “an injustice against Americans who were simply trying to protect themselves…These brave citizens should be recognized as heroes for their efforts to report suspicious activity, particularly activity that has been associated with previous terror attacks.”

The bill is co-sponsored by: Rob Bishop of Utah, Dan Burton of Indiana, Geoff Davis of Kentucky, Trent Franks of Arizona, John Kline of Minnesota, Thaddeus G. McCotter of Michigan, Howard McKeon of California, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Lynn A. Westmoreland of Georgia and Frank R. Wolf of Virginia:

“…This lawsuit makes me wonder exactly what CAIR and the imams are looking to do with their suit,” Mr. Shuster said. “The inclusion of bystanders as defendants in this lawsuit is a clear indication that the imams don’t want to right a wrong; they want to make a statement.”

The statement by the 6 imams’ lawyer makes obvious the lawsuit aims to intimidate passengers from reporting suspicious activity:

Omar Mohammedi, a member of CAIR and the imams’ attorney [said], “The imams have the right to face their accusers if they purposely made false reports with the intent to discriminate against the imams.” *

* Author’s note added 3/25/07: The 6 imams were held for questioning for a few hours and released without charge so they were never “accused” of anything. If they had been charged and went on trial, the right to face their accusers would be applicable. Nor do they provide factual evidence in their lawsuit of “false reports” for none of the witnesses have been crimimally charged with that offense.

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said yesterday:

“As a Muslim, this is not the way to approach our civil rights; this is not the way to build bridges. It’s the most anxiety-laden area in the world right now, the airports and the gates. It is the frontline in the War on Terror. It is not a right to fly; it’s a privilege. The airlines have a huge, huge burden, especially the captain. He has to make some immediate, quick decisions as to whether the flight is safe. And he [speaking of the captain of the November 20, 2006, US Airways flight 300, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit] acted upon some things. The imams claim this was about prayer. You know people are not used to or had that much contact with Muslims. Certainly, it is important for people to get educated but to intimidate people and to push your faith in front of them and then to demand equality is completely ignorant about how to build bridges… This is not about prayer. Nobody said anything before they went on the plane.”

We loudly applaud the bill’s introduction yet note it does not extend similar protection to the flight crews. Still, the measure is a tremendous first step and we thank Representative Pearce and the bill’s ten co-sponsors.

If someone acts like a terrorist — even if it is only an act — they ought to be treated like one. The witnesses to such behavior and those responsible for security, like witnesses and authorities testifying about a crime after the fact, must be protected from civil liability.

The crew and passengers who tackled and subdued “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid did not stop to consider his civil rights, thank God.

  7 comments for “Legislation in response to 6 imams’ lawsuit

  1. April 2, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    What an absurd and uninformed comment, American Muslim.

    I can go to MEMRI.org and read transcripts and see videos that demonise America, that yearn for her downfall, that declare sharia law should rule America, that claim Jews drink the blood of Christians and Muslims. I see Imams in Britain protesting and saying that Islam will rule the UK that day. THAT hatred and intolerance is what brought terrorism to our shores. Your self righteousness isn’t bourne out by the facts.

    Take the mote out of your own eye, before you ask me to remove the splinter in mine.

  2. American Muslim
    April 1, 2007 at 9:51 am

    And then you sit in your living room and wonder what brought 9/11 to our doorstep.

  3. Chrstina Luce
    March 31, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Our “leaders” must admit that Islam is at War with us here in our neighborhoods. For more than one thousand years, Patience and Fear have always been the greatest weapons of Islam. The fearful, traditional tactics of Islam have always been Konquer-Konvert-Kill by the sword. Now, Muslims abuse our laws to intimidate and reduce us to dhimmitude. We need a national Day of Renunciation when every Muslim in the West, especially the U.S.A., takes the Oath of Renunciation, i.e.,renounces Jihad, Sharia, and the Caliphate in a public ceremony. Let this “Renunciation Day” be the last day of Ramadan) – or is deported.

    We did not allow the Nazis to infiltrate our neighborhoods and we controlled the Japanese. Islam rejects our principles of “Human Rights”, “Civil Rights”, Individual Freedom of Conscience”, etc.. Yet, Muslims cite these very same principles to gain power over us. Why are insidious CAIR, et al, free to insinuate themselves into our neighborhoods – as if they are innocent as a YWCA – and militate against us in our courts? The more we tolerate them, the more we facilitate the “creeping Islamizaton and dhimmitude of the U.S.A.. Tell the Imams to “get with the program” and assimilate to our culture or get the h*** – out of the U.S.A.

  4. Casey
    March 25, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I live in the American west. I said the day the story of the crotchety Imams began, that I would have decked the sob’s with a roundhouse in an instant. Simply for being in the wrong seat and for looking funny.

    The longer I think about it, the more convinced I am that that would’ve been the only right move to make. If there had been some one there with the cowboy spirit, these jerks would’ve been humiliated on the spot. I doubt they would carry the same initiative into this issue that they seem to think they have.

  5. Kyle Litz
    March 25, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Great piece. Keep them on their heels Michelle! BTW, I also enjoyed the pro-2nd Amendment OpEd you recently wrote. Thanks for standing for all our rights.

  6. Dave Boyette
    March 25, 2007 at 7:47 am

    I will fly US Airways if they go where I need to. These guys were testing out system just like the individual in PHX with the magnet. It is time for the muslin in the US, if they respect this country, to stand up to these terroist. Their lack of a voice tells me a lot.

  7. Paul Tritle
    March 24, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Thank God someone is standing up to these Imams. Please post any politician that trys to shoot this down. And I hope a fund is started for the defense team of the passengers who would have to fight these disgraceful Imams ACLU (what a disgraceful org.) who I am sure will back them. God Bless the USA!

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