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10. HR 347 Would Make Many Forms of Nonviolent Protest Illegal

In March 2012, President Obama signed into law HR 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. The law specifies as criminal offenses the acts of entering or remaining in areas defined as “restricted.” Although pundits have debated to what extent the new law restricts First Amendment rights or criminalizes Occupy protests, it does make it easier for the Secret Service to overuse or misuse existing laws to arrest lawful protesters by lowering the requirement of intent in the prosecution of criminal activity.

Censored News Cluster: The Police State and Civil Liberties

Danny Weil, “Many Forms of Occupy Protests Subjected to New Bill Making Protests Illegal,” TheDaily Censored (blog), March 5, 2012, http://dailycensored.com/2012/03/05/many-forms-of-occupy-protests-subjected-to-new-bill-making-protests-illegal.

Oskar Mosquito, “Enacting the NDAA: Limiting Protesters’ Rights,” Media Roots, March 5, 2012, http://mediaroots.org/enacting-the-ndaa-limiting-protesters-rights.

Brian Doherty, “Bill Passes House: Protests Near Secret Service Protected Folk Effectively Outlawed,” Reason (blog), March 1, 2012, http://reason.com/blog/2012/03/01/bill-passes-house-protests-near-secret-s.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/03/08/h-r-347-would-make-many-forms-of-nonviolent-protest-illegal/

Student Researcher: Eric Humphrey (College of Marin)

Faculty Evaluator:Susan Rahman (College of Marin)

  • JayM12345 April 8, 2013

    How about make it illegal to rob the poor and middle class? Or illegal for major corporations to sit on alternative energy patents without manufacturing them and selling them to the general public? Oh, but why pass laws that actually benefit the people instead of just the rich? Oh, but that would be too inconvenient.

    • William D. April 8, 2013

      Or, speaking on the patent part, why not do the sensible thing and abolish patents… Altogether? Would solve far more problems. You’ll find most laws aren’t written to benefit the rich… But to benefit the powerful.

      • Dean Lisa April 17, 2013

        That’s the only reason laws are written.

  • JayM12345 April 8, 2013

    How about make it illegal to rob the poor and middle class? Or illegal for major corporations to sit on alternative energy patents without manufacturing them and selling them to the general public? Oh, but why pass laws that actually benefit the people instead of just the rich? Oh, but that would be too inconvenient.

    • William D. April 8, 2013

      Or, speaking on the patent part, why not do the sensible thing and abolish patents… Altogether? Would solve far more problems. You’ll find most laws aren’t written to benefit the rich… But to benefit the powerful.

  • ddearborn July 13, 2013

    Hmmm

    Bush had it pegged; the Constitution is just a god damn piece of paper

  • Dick Tater Inc October 20, 2013

    Why dilly-dally around pretending Progressive/Marxist/Communist/Demopubs/Replocrats/et al tba w/o warning is other than USSR,jr? Only expempt are Islamic murderers and there is no such thing as islamophobic – there is only Destroy America Corp, Inc. Internat’l Banksters-GoldMAN Sacks! Notice how THEY pretend the Constitution gives them the right to do that all the while proving it doesn’t exists for you and me!!! The Dick Tater in charge – you love him – the noose is only going to grow tighter – I hope you enjoy enslavement – and for you less than zero IQ college students – you are brain washed and don’t know it…you eat, drink and breathe it – you want Communism/Socialism or whatever other term you want to call it, it is Nazi DICK Tater and you are the slave – don’t think because you call yourself Leftist/Liberal/Democrat you’re exempt, YOU are complicit and bringing it on yourself – the colleges and universities are prep/breeding grounds for this – there is no freedom of speech on campuses so how could it be elsewhere? All you Castro/Che idiots are bring about this – this is what you said you wanted — so welcome to da plantation – the 60’s radicals are now in charge – using their partners Islam – ha ha ha….and you think you won’t get thrown under the bus…..aaaaahhhhhaaaa bring it on…let’s get on with the jackboot on your neck brutal and hard – and see what it takes to wake up your onery lowlife arse! College students today are the epitome of ignorance and they live in the gulag!

  • Liam Brent Kelly March 11, 2014

    GOD given Rights

    NOT protesters rights

    IT IS THE SAME OLD TRICK

    mislable the identity of the thing and you carry the day in its absence then throw in jail, kill, and silence all who speak wisdom and truth,

    They have won far too easily

    When TREASON goes unpunished we all become coconspirators in it, there are none innocent when in the cities people are willing hosts of sedition and cast out from their very breasts the holy ghost, with every breath they speak treason and spiritus sanctus they blasphemy

    Republic has fallen
    Police state and empire risen

    Traitors flourish and count their golden treasure rewarded as they here restablish the british jew guilded crowns and earthly thrones enslave us all in debt and prisons
    laugh at their earthly power over us with great derision

    hush be still and do not speak
    Arises too the defender of the sometime goodly REPUBLIC nation-state
    Cincinatus too has risen

    • JustMe March 17, 2014

      You so-called “Godly” people are responsible for millions of deaths of the rightful inhabitants (Native Americans) of this land and enslavement of Africans and wiping out their traditional cultures. You people are responsible for the evils of colonialism and have lots to atone for. What do I need saving from, an arbitrary imaginary force called “sin” or people who want to steal my land and destroy my culture? Gee, there’s a conundrum!

      Funny how people always have to speak on “God’s” behalf. You’d think real beings could speak on their own behalf, too bad imaginary ones can’t and need people to speak for them.

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