Nothing to see. Move along.

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American Citizens – rise to the call of your Masters. Something funny over at Uncle Joe’s house? Think that maybe Mary is a Muslim? Tammy is a Terrorist? Could Bob have a Bomb? Is Christina a “Fundamentalist Christian” bound and determined to conceal her secret life? See unauthorized Glassware somewhere in Texas? What about fingernail polish in California that contains the “wrong” chemical composition?

c. Dibutyl Pthalate (DBP) or Any Pthalates have been shown to cause birth defects & are technically illegal in California;

It’s okay to tell us – we are here to protect you…..

See Something, Say Something Act of 2011 : Federal HR

“Just last month, the FBI arrested a man in Texas who tried to buy dangerous chemicals from a supplier who notified authorities,” Lieberman said in a statement. “We want to encourage such behavior and not let the threat of lawsuits deter honest citizens who see something, to say something.”

Summary:

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.

Entire Act:

HR 495 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 495

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 26, 2011

Mr. KING of New York (for himself, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mrs. MILLER of Michigan, Mr. WALSH of Illinois, Mr. MEEHAN, Mr. QUAYLE, Mr. LONG, Mr. MARINO, Mr. FARENTHOLD, and Mr. ROYCE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘See Something, Say Something Act of 2011’.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002.

(a) In General- Subtitle H of title VIII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘SEC. 890. IMMUNITY FOR REPORTS OF SUSPECTED TERRORIST ACTIVITY OR SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR AND RESPONSE.

‘(a) Immunity for Reports of Suspected Terrorist Activity or Suspicious Behavior and Response-

‘(1) IN GENERAL- Any person who, in good faith and based on objectively reasonable suspicion, makes, or causes to be made, a voluntary report of covered activity to an authorized official shall be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law for such report.

‘(2) FALSE REPORTS- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any report that the person knew to be false or was made with reckless disregard for the truth at the time that the person made that report.

‘(b) Immunity for Response-

‘(1) IN GENERAL- Any authorized official who observes, or receives a report of, covered activity and takes reasonable action in good faith to respond to such activity shall have qualified immunity from civil liability for such action, consistent with applicable law in the relevant jurisdiction. An authorized official as defined by subsection (d)(1)(A) not entitled to assert the defense of qualified immunity shall nonetheless be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law if such authorized official takes reasonable action, in good faith, to respond to the reported activity.

‘(2) SAVINGS CLAUSE- Nothing in this subsection shall–

‘(A) affect the ability of any authorized official to assert any defense, privilege, or immunity that would otherwise be available; and

‘(B) be construed as affecting any such defense, privilege, or immunity.

‘(c) Attorney Fees and Costs- Any authorized official or other person found to be immune from civil liability under this section shall be entitled to recover from the plaintiff all reasonable costs and attorney fees.

‘(d) Definitions- In this section:

‘(1) AUTHORIZED OFFICIAL- The term ‘authorized official’ means–

‘(A) any officer, employee, or agent of the Federal Government with responsibility for preventing, protecting against, disrupting, or responding to a covered activity; or

‘(B) any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer.

‘(2) COVERED ACTIVITY- The term ‘covered activity’ means any suspicious transaction, activity, or occurrence indicating that an individual may be engaging, or preparing to engage, in a violation of law relating to an act of terrorism (as that term is defined in section 3077 of title 18, United States Code).’.

(b) Amendment to the Table of Contents- The table of contents for the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting at the end of the items relating to subtitle H of title VIII the following new item:

‘Sec. 890. Immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.’.

Of course, when is the last time someone was prosecuted for “tattling” on someone else? Show us the need for this extension of power over the Citizens of the United States! Where are the dozens, hundreds –  no – thousands of cases of individuals who huddle in their homes terrified to share their knowledge of the dangerous acts sweeping the Nation?     Hello?  Hello?

This proposed bill should be renamed the “1984, George Orwell Spy On Your Neighbor Act”

“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”

Of course, this is nothing new. Just recycled fear:

Turn in your Neighbor for $1000

Obama on the Brink? Yes, but Elected Republicans Must Keep their Boots on the Regime’s Neck

This is not Democrat, Republican or even Independent specific. This is Freedom folks. Will you allow Congress to pass this?