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Library of Congress Summary
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
5/5/2010--Passed House amended. Commends Lance Orton and Duane Jackson for promptly alerting authorities about the suspicious vehicle involved in the attempted terrorist attack at Times Square on May 1, 2010. Urges: (1) all Americans to remain vigilant about potential terrorist or suspicious activity within their communities and to report such activity to the appropriate authorities; and (2) all federal agencies to continue to work with state, local, and tribal partners to bolster preparedness for and prevention of terrorism. Recognizes the New York City Police Department and its bomb squad, the Fire Department of New York, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS), the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Bridgeport Police Department, Detective Bureau, Patrol Division, and other Connecticut law enforcement agencies for their commitment in responding to terrorism and their work in apprehending a suspect only 53 hours after the attempted bombing.
House Republican Conference Summary
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/2/hres1320.
On Saturday, May 1, 2010, an individual attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Time Square. Mr. Lance Orton and Mr. Duane Jackson, two citizens nearby, noticed the suspicious vehicle and quickly notified the police in the area. According to the findings listed in the resolution, "New York City Police Officer Wayne Rhatigan, while patrolling on horse, responded to the reports of a suspicious vehicle and acted swiftly with his colleagues in the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York to thwart the detonation of the car bomb." First responder teams quickly cleared Time Square, evacuating hundreds of people and were able to dispose of the car bomb before it detonated.
H.Res. 1320 resolves that the House of Representatives:
- "Commends the actions of Mr. Lance Orton and Mr. Duane Jackson for promptly alerting authorities about the suspicious vehicle in Times Square on May 1, 2010;
- "Urges all Americans to remain vigilant about potential terrorist or suspicious activity within their own communities;
- "Recognizes the New York City Police Department, in particular those Police Officers directly involved in thwarting the attack, and other law enforcement agencies for their consistent commitment to preparedness for and collective response to terrorism;
- "Recognizes the exceptional professionalism and investigative work by the New York Police Department, the FBI, and all law enforcement agencies involved in apprehending a suspect only 48 hours following the attempted bombing; and
- "Urges all Federal agencies to continue to work with State, local, and tribal partners to bolster preparedness for and prevention of terrorism."
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