Obama signs law making freedom of speech a Felony!
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Since: Nov 12
#1 Oct 20, 2013
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Fact: H.R. 347 does not represent a new law regulating free speech rights.
Most of the language of H.R. 347 has been on the books since 2006. H.R. 347 is an amendment to an existing law, 18 USC § 1752 restricted buildings and grounds, that has existed in various forms since 1971. The most significant amendments to the law occurred in 2006.
The law is a bad law -- but it has been a bad law for years. Much of the language that people are talking about this week already exists and has existed for years. The language about an event designated as a special event of national significance? Already there. The language about engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to a restricted area? Already there. The language about conspiracy? Already there.
Fact: The purpose of the existing law, and why its bad.
The law as substantially amended in 2006 is very problematic and people should be rightfully concerned. What the law does (but this is not new) is it creates what is in essence a roving or movable zone of federal law enforcement jurisdiction around any person who is under Secret Service protection or in conjunction with a National Special Security Event (NSSE), as distinguished from a permanently fixed location. This allows for federal prosecution of persons who commit enumerated violations of the law within that zone and some of those violations read like classic protest activities.
Among other things, the law allows the Secret Service to designate what would normally be public space as a restricted area and for there to be federal prosecution of anyone who enters or remains in a restricted area where a person under Secret Service protection will be visiting or which is restricted in conjunction with an NSSE; or who engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct with the intent and effect of imped[ing] or disrupt[ing] the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions; or who blocks entrance to or exit from a restricted area.
In cases of this nature you can be arrested by the FBI or SS indefinitely without your constitutional or Bill of Rights provisions. No lawyer-no trail-no charges-no nothing, and no way to defend yourself.
On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act: roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the "library records provision"), and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves"individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups.
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Since: Dec 10
#2 Oct 20, 2013
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