Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has lauded the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign in every congressional appearance she has made recently.
The campaign, adopted from an effort in New York City, encourages private citizens to report suspicious activity that could be connected to terrorist plots to local authorities. But such reporting could easily lead to accusations of inappropriate spying or infringement on the rights of others. It could even misidentify people engaged in innocent activities.
To protect well-meaning individuals who report suspicious activities, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the chair and ranking member respectively of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday, introduced a bill that would grant them immunity from lawsuits.