H.R. 347 passed and headed to the President’s desk. One might refer to this as the anti-OWS bill. But it’s ramifications go much further.
Essentially, the mere protesting at an event can now be a criminal felony bringing with it jailtime. Protest the Republican National Convention and you could be jailed for a year. Do so while executing your Constitutional right as many Tea Party protestors did outside townhall meetings and you can now be jailed for up to 10 years.
Folks, this is dredful, and further erodes our First Amendment rights. Eliminate the First and Americans have nothing to resort to but the Second.
This is foolishness of our government, a government afraid to face the social consequences of its actions. Furthermore, I think most of this is already covered by existing laws. Tresspassing is already a crime. Committing a violent act is already a felony.
There is fear that this can be used to prevent critics of the government from having a place to voice themselves. And if the intent is NOT to silence the First Amendment, than why do we need this law – as I’ve already pointed out the redundancies that exist.
§ 1752. Restricted building or grounds Section (c)(1)(C)http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr347enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr347enr.pdf