Anonymous Senator Blocks Bill Allowing FBI to Respond Quickly to Mass Killing Incidents

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

For reasons unknown, a U.S. senator has secretly blocked legislation that would authorize federal law enforcement agents to immediately respond to shootings, such as last week’s in Newtown, Connecticut.


The Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act was first introduced last year by supporters who contend federal law does not allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or other U.S. agencies to quickly provide help whenever a mass killing is taking place.


But the proposed legislation is currently bottled up in the Senate, after a senator used the upper chamber’s rules to place a “hold” on it. The same rules allow the senator to keep his or her identity from being revealed.


An organization of federal agents objected to the actions of the anonymous senator, especially in light of recent shootings in Connecticut and Oregon.


“It is an absolute outrage that one senator cowering behind the curtain has placed an anonymous hold on the mass killings legislation,” Jon Adler, president of Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which advocates on behalf of federal agents, told The Wall Street Journal.


As it was, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives did lend their support to local police in Newtown, even before it was clear whether a federal crime had been committed.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Federal Agents Group Blasts Senator (by Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal)

HR.2076 Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2011 (Votetocracy)

S. 1793: Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2011 (

Who is the Mysterious Senator who is Fighting against Whistleblowers? (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


Hugh Jass 5 years ago
@ sd-mouth: Gee, you think?
Lisa 5 years ago
bs ... just call a vote
Jack 5 years ago
Yes, but any holds, anonymous or not, would have to come through Harry Ried's office. All Reid would have to do is blab the name of the perpetrator. Since this would torpedo the anonymous hold system, Harry Ried is complicit both in it, and in the hold placed on this bill.
dam spahn 5 years ago
What a scandal that one cowardly anonymous teabagger in the Senate can hold a nation hostage. Clean up your act, congress!
Red Baron 5 years ago
Whoa...slow down, everybody! There..IS...another way to view this---given the super heightened emotions everyone is experiencing right now, with the sordid deeds in Conn--this could just be a means (on his part)..of slowing everybody down til cooler heads prevail! Think about it, 10-20 years out, and with the Patriot Act, and Homeland Security Dept. FIRMLY entrenched...does anybody (when once considered)..really want to further empower the Fed'l Gov't by giving it the Legal right to send a contingency of Fed'l Agents who will AUTOMATICALLY respond to ANY shooting incident---it sees fit? Where is the line drawn? Today, its school shootings; tomorrow could very well be domestic home violence! How many future Waco's are we setting up here? What becomes of the line between Fed'l Agents and local Police? Do they eventually become one and the same? Do we even WANT them too? These are questions that time should be given to for reflection, and not a mad rush to judgment..that will (in the heat of a crisis)..cause us to WILLINGLY abandon yet MORE of our personal freedoms? Lets wait to hear who..(and why)...this guy did might not be so preposterous...after all! Remember: "A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny".------Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Mike E 5 years ago
Something else Harry Reid needs to work on in addition to the filibuster - outlawing anonymous holds. You want a bill held, Senator? You stand up and be judged for it.
sd-mouth 5 years ago
I'll bet its a republican senator. In fact, I'll put my mortgage on it.
Charles 5 years ago
Really shows the need to change the filibuster rules. I hope doing it in January will be soon enough.

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