Archive | February 29, 2012

Bye Bye First Amendment!

Bye Bye First Amendment!

 

If anyone had anything to say against crimes committed by one’s government in one’s name, and did not take the time to raise their voices, now is the time to realize that one is seriously being silenced. It does take some time in the so-called ‘developed’ world, the world that has caused an economic collapse, to realize that the democracy one thought one had has been in fact an illusion with all things in the material world being relative as opposed to actual, and in fact a few hundred thousand people still have a long way to go towards that which may be helped by H.R. 347 on Monday 27 February 2012.

H.R. 347 known as the H.R. 347: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,  is the law that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 388-3. A humongous majority vote without informing or consulting American citizens H.R. 347 means that one can be convicted for trespassing on the gorunds of the White House.

Well that does not stop me from protesting elsewhere one might say.

The catch is that H.R. 347 makes it a crime to protest anywhere in the U.S. by giving the government the right to bring charges against anyone who protests, and anywhere protests occurs where the president is visiting. If the arrest is considered illegal one might not be able to defend one’s self by providing evidence, becuase one is not allowed to videotape the police in action.

Putting Syria aside,  the 7th (last) version of the bill passed by the Senate states:

‘‘§ 1752. Restricted building or grounds

‘‘(a) Whoever—

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

‘‘(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;

‘‘(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; or

‘‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided

in subsection (b).

‘‘(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is—

‘‘(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more

than 10 years, or both, if—

‘‘(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense,

uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm;

or

‘‘(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and

‘‘(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more

than one year, or both, in any other case.

‘‘(c) In this section—

H. R. 347—2

‘‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area—

‘‘(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;

‘‘(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or

‘‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and

‘‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’’.

When the Occupy Wall Street Movement started out, it was a peaceful protest, and still is, but when provocateurs mingle in the midst, and the police kettle  a march to lead the participants off course to areas where they can be arrested does one say “It’s alright you are only doing your job!”

Recently, ready for violence hundreds of  British police dressed in riot gear along with 100 bailiffs set out to break up a peaceful camp of the Occupy Movement, U.K., as they removed the tents which the peaceful protestors  camped under at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London on Tuseday 28 February 2012.

The violent attacks on American protestors has been worse, but it is the protestors who are arrested, and charged.

That liberty to protest was set out in the U.S. Bill of Rights under the 1st Amendment in 1789 by the Senate and the House of Representatives.  The 1st Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But it is not only the 1st Amendement that is no longer valid. The momentum was put into motion by the Patriotic Act, which made it acceptable for the FBI to carry out raids on American citizens without a warrant. The 4th Amendment reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5th Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In no uncertain terms, the American public can vote, but cannot question those they voted for. They are being denied the right to be heard, and for their vote to be respected, and they can keep paying their taxes which is used against their will to compromise the sovereignty of other countries while forcing thousands of American citizens into unemployment, homelessness and starvation. The American public is being denied the right to say how their taxes should be spent.

 

Sources:

112 Congress of the United States of America

Click to access BILLS-112hr347enr.pdf

‘ Charters of Freedom: The Bill of Rights.” http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

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