Outlawing the Occupy Movement: Congress Makes Free Speech a Felony

COMMENTARY | What does rape, murder, and protesting the government all have in common? They are all felonies.

On February 28th 2012, Congress voted 399 to 3 in favor of H.R. 347, a bill which breezed through the Senate with unanimous consent and now lacks only President Obama’s signature to become law. The only three representatives who voted against the bill were Paul Broun (R-GA), Justin Amash (R-MI) and Ron Paul (R-TX).

Euphemistically titled the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act” and referred to by our corporate-controlled mainstream media as a “non-controversial bill,” a more truthful moniker for H.R. 347 would be the “First Amendment Rights Eradication Act.” As Representative Amash lamented on his Facebook page:

“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. [H.R. 347] 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… [And to] show you the extent to which the public is misled and misinformed about the legislation we are voting on, read one prominent media outlet’s coverage of the same bill: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/212873-house-approves-white-house-trespass-bill-sends-to-obama The report mischaracterizes not only current law but also the changes proposed by the bill.”

The full text of H.R. 347 is available here: www.govtrack.us/congress

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum being “glitter-bombed” by protestor.

Obviously aimed at the Occupy Movement, and the recent incidents of protestors “glitter-bombing” presidential candidates, this new law will seriously diminish the right of American citizens to petition their government for a redress of grievances by outlawing protests where key government officials or other VIP’s may be nearby. Federal law enforcement agents will be empowered to bring these charges against Americans engaged in political protests anywhere in the country, and violators will face criminal penalties that include imprisonment for up to 10 years.

If only Congress was this adamant about criminalizing Wall Street bankers…


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[2] Blog posts represent individual opinions and do not speak for Occupy Congress or the Occupy movement as a whole

  • Oldzencat

    I agree. Apparently it is OK for CEO’s and their country club buddies to steal from little old ladies, but, it will be against the law to complain about it. Democracy? Capitalism?

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