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David Harris' Congressional Testimony on the See Something, Say Something Act of 2011

Publish Date/Time: 
June 30, 2011

Professor David Harris submitted written testimony to U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on the "See Something, Say Something Act of 2011" at a June 24, 2011 hearing.  The Act creates legal immunity for law enforcement officers and civilians who report, or act upon, "objective reasonable suspicion" that a person is engaging in actions connected to terrorism.  Professor Harris' testimony, solicited by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Subcommittee's Ranking Member, focused on the importance of using the established and fully fleshed out definition of the terms "objective" and "reasonable suspicion."  According to Professor Harris' testimony, "[w]ithout a clear understanding of what these terms mean in context, and how they operate in practice, the Act could actually harm our security from terrorism, instead of building it."  The testimony will be published with the text of the hearing and other written submissions.

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