Supreme Court Disallows Protest on Ai...

Supreme Court Disallows Protest on Air Force Base

There are 3 comments on the Wall Street Journal story from Feb 26, 2014, titled Supreme Court Disallows Protest on Air Force Base. In it, Wall Street Journal reports that:

The Supreme Court upheld Wednesday the trespassing conviction of a war protester who was demonstrating by a public road running through military property outside the gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Bellingham, WA

#1 Feb 27, 2014
A public road running through.

Doesn't sound very public.

Lincoln, NE

#2 Feb 27, 2014
The First Amendment allows protests, but does not give an unrestricted right to demonstrate just anyplace. I think the Supreme Court was correct in the way it decided the case, considering the public interest in maintaining secure military bases.

Military settings have always in the U.S. had far more restrictive rules than civilian ones. For example, several hundred years ago, when it was difficult to live in remote forts in U.S. territories on account of the danger, boredom and miserable living conditions, soldiers who went AWOL faced summary trials and executions. The military officials in charge of those places imposed rigid rules and expected them to be followed.

No doubt the Supreme Court today would uphold the right to protest peacefully today in most civilian settings where demonstrators comply with the law.
sure Leona

Toronto, Canada

#3 Feb 28, 2014

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