Glitter Bombing, Federal Offense now. (in Debates)

Mikel March 5 2012 9:28 PM EST

Goodbye, First Amendment: ムTrespass Billメ will make protest illegal

"Just when you thought the government couldn't ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.

The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. In the bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary, but somewhat shocking that such a rule isn't already on the books. The wording in the bill, however, extends to allow the government to go after much more than tourists that transverse the wrought iron White House fence.

Under the act, the government is also given the power to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country."

Read the rest here:

Now it's a Federal Offense to peacefully protest anywhere.

Thanks to (three, in the House of Representatives, to be precise: Justin Amash [R-Mich.], Paul Broun [R-Ga.], and Keith Ellison [Democratic-Farmer-Labor -Minn.]) for voting no.

Wise March 5 2012 9:58 PM EST

Terrible, I agree.

Waldo March 6 2012 9:04 AM EST

This is so obviously a horrible misuse of authority.

I would like to point out the blurb about freedom of the press in the article when discussing the G8 and NATO summits in Chicago later this year.

<And don't forget if you intend on fighting such charges, you might not be able to rely on evidence of your own. In the state of Illinois, videotaping the police, under current law, brings criminals charges.>

This law was set-up as an anti-eavesdropping measure, however it applies to anyone; blackmailer, law-abiding citizen or, yes, even the press

This one article shows how they are abridging our rights of assembly & of the press. Freedom of religion is now a joke in this country (if you don't believe me try to organize a public-prayer group to exercise your right to practice your religion at work or school & see how quickly you run into legal issues) & freedom of speech is ok, assuming everyone agrees with whatever you happen to be saying & you don't criticize the government. :/

Thus, the First amendment now only covers our right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. What about the grievance of slowly having all of our "rights" taken away from us?
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