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Public Protests Against Obama are Now Illegal

You will not see anyone protesting the President’s policies or action while he’s on the campaign trail.

This gathering could now be a felony.

 

On March 9th, 2012, the president signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (HR347).  The law makes it illegal to protest (even peacefully protest) in the presence of the President or any area that he personally designates as a “National Special Security Event” (NSSE). Specifically where Secret Service Protection is present.

Full text of  HR347 is here.

With the stroke of his pen, President Obama has made illegal the very Community Action he’s so famous for.

You cannot stand quietly holding a sign while the Presidential motorcade passes by.

(a) Whoever–

‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;

If the President is giving a speech, you cannot heckle him or try to drown him out by yelling “Hell no, He’s got to go!”

‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;

You can not participate in a non violent “sit in”.

‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds;

Actions like “Occupy Wall Street” are now illegal. Especially if you litter.

‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;

Punishments are one to ten years in prison. Granted, you go to prison for ten years for “CARRYING” a weapon. You don’t have to use it, or brandish it. Mere possession is a felony. Fuck you NRA. But standing there is still good for a year in the slammer.

You can not talk about protesting either.

or attempts or conspires to do so,

As Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan), who voted against HR 347, put it,

“Current law makes it illegal to enter or remain in an area where certain government officials, more particularly, those with Secret Service protection, will be visiting temporarily if and only if the person knows it’s illegal to enter the restricted area but does so anyway. The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.”

Historical Perspective

This is what the Nazis did in 1933.

Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State
Auf Grund des Artikels 48 Abs. 2 der Reichsverfassung wird zur Abwehr kommunistischer staatsgefährdender Gewaltakte folgendes verordnet: On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:
§ 1. Die Artikel 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 und 153 der Verfassung des Deutschen Reichs werden bis auf weiteres außer Kraft gesetzt. Es sind daher Beschränkungen der persönlichen Freiheit, des Rechts der freien Meinungsäußerung, einschließlich der Pressefreiheit, des Vereins- und Versammlungsrechts, Eingriffe in das Brief-, Post-, Telegraphen- und Fernsprechgeheimnis, Anordnungen von Haussuchungen und von Beschlagnahmen sowie Beschränkungen des Eigentums auch außerhalb der sonst hierfür bestimmten gesetzlichen Grenzen zulässig. § 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom [habeas corpus], freedom of (opinion) expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

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