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President Obama Signs “Anti-Protest” Bill H.R. 347

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President Obama signed bill H.R. 347 (also known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011) into law on March 9th, amid numerous protests from the Occupy movement, as well as other agencies. HR 347 is a modification from Senate bill S. 1794, which restricted people from entering or blocking public areas that have been closed off by Secret Service while a person under their protection is passing through. The law also included major public events, such as the Inaguration and Presidential campaigns.

The new law, which passed the House with a vote of 399-3, extends the original law by adding more protected areas within Washington D.C, and removing the word “willfully,” from the paragraph stating that protesters can be prosecuted if they enter the area “willfully and knowingly.”

Representative Justin Amash, R-Michigan, explains this change by saying:

” 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 its illegal.”

Occupy DC protesters are calling the modifications an infringement on their First Amendment rights, because of the areas of D.C. that have been added to the protected areas portion of the act. Approximately 80 protesters organized a silent march to symbolize their Freedom of Speech being taken away–some even taped their mouths closed to visually show their feelings about the bill. The part of the Bill of Rights they are referring to is the following:

“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.”

Michael Mahaffey, Representative Tom Rooney’s (R-Fla. and the man responsible for introducing the bill to the House) communication director dismissed concerns that the bill violates civil liberties by saying, that the protests against H.R. 347 are, “a whole lot of kerfuffle over nothing. This (HR 347) doesn’t affect anyone’s right to protest anywhere at any time. Ever. ” He went on to say that, “… right now it’s not a federal violation to jump the fence and run across the White House lawn, this bill makes it a federal violation.”

What do you think? Is H.R. 347 a violation of our right to protest in the D.C. area, or is it merely an update to the bill passed in 1974 to further protect people under the protection of the Secret Service?

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415 Responses to “President Obama Signs “Anti-Protest” Bill H.R. 347”

  1. Tressa Pendleton

    There is nothing wrong with this law. It is keeping the President and many others safe from harm from the general public. And yes I believe it is an extension of the 1974 law. If we let every other protester into any place they wanted to be it would be putting people under protection into harms way from domestic terrorists or just anyone insane period.

  2. James Johnson

    I personally agree with you Tressa. However its still important to report these type of law changes otherwise over time more actual freedoms are eroded :)

  3. Dan James

    I don't mind protecting the Gov't employees, however, the property in question, belongs to the people, and Congress, and the Senate, have no right to regulate, any activities, on that property!

  4. Glenn Makin

    The law protects government elected officials and their staffs from harm and I agree with it. The First Ammendment really covers this as it states "peaceful assembly" which has not actually been the case with OWS. OWS endangers itself and citizens which is a violation and eventually enforced when we had had enough of it. Freedom of Speech does not include threatening or vulgar talk, harm to others or obstructing activities. The people who camped out in the Wisconsin capital, allbeit a state capital were in violation of the First Ammendment. However, We The People can march into the polling booth and vote out the tyranny that's been going on for 50 years and we will.

  5. Paula Qualls Gurley

    They can declare any place any time, and the people can be arrested without notice. That is BS. This is a way to stop protests from getting anywhere near the President. If he doesn't want to be protested, he needs to find another job. The president and his family do need to be safe, but not at the cost of the Constitution. Tressa, if he needs to be kept safe from the general public and not just the nut cases, we are in real trouble.

  6. Tressa Pendleton

    I am not saying that people cant protest. I absolutely agree with political protests or any other kind of protests. People have that right. I am saying that he has the right to be protected by the Secret Service in the places that he is traveling. You apparently do not realize what kind of people are in this world. Kennedy was shot by a member of the "general public".

  7. Kevin Henline

    the president really is no different than any other American, and should have the exact same rights. He shouldnt expect ANY average citizen to step in front of a bullet for him, in fact I believe the president should be ready to make personal sacrifice for any American. Only dictators are protected at any cost Marion

  8. Meaghan Marino

    Tressa Pendleton are you kidding? this isn't 1963, the President is the most well protected man in the country! you don't think if a protest was going on, and the president needed to get through it, secret service wouldn't work something out? come on! this bill has nothing to do with protecting him, let's be serious. I support Obama as a President, but if i want to protest at the white house i should be able to. my taxes pay for it.

  9. Karen Sumner

    I believe that the people that sit in the Capital and the White House believe that they are one step below God. They were put in their seats by the people that they want to restrict. We have the right to protest and protest loudly when we disagree. It is our way of holding them accountable. This is just the first step. There will be more that comes as soon as they get everyone pass this.

  10. Nina Broekhuizen

    This bill should not have been passed. I guess some politicians are getting so paranoid, due to their behaviors, that they are getting worried. This needs to be repealed Asap!

  11. Mitchell Garcia

    when are we going to see some self-immolation, you pussies? that's what gets real change, or haven't you people noticed that yet?

  12. Jay Bowie

    Hello wake up! You are reading one line from this. It is ANYONE who has SS men protecting them. This bill is designed to make you SHUT UP and keep working… Locks only keep the honest people out, NUTBAGS! don't care! 600 veterans (men and women who signed an oath to die for you, so you, can keep your rights to be free) violated this law on FEB 20th and if they would of done this 2 weeks later…Well, thank god for good timing…

  13. Tressa Pendleton

    I dont think this is saying "not protesting at the White House" bc there is a lot of that going on. I think it just means in the "general area" of The President. And I dont think this is just talking about the President either. I think if you read the article correctly it states protecting many Government Officials. And your point about it not being 1963 is moot. Have you read about the threats made against Barack Obama? One threat was even made by another Politican! You are obviously not up on the times.

  14. David N. S. Johannes

    Meaghan Marino you definitely should be able to protest President Obama and or any other politician that YOU and I elected. This bill has nothing to do with protecting our chosen leaders, it is just one more action toward taking our rights away and investing them in agencies like the Secret Service. If we keep losing our Constitutional rights it won't be long before we have none. (and it seems that in the last few years we have been losing our Constitutional rights at an increasingly faster rate)

  15. David N. S. Johannes

    April, that is a great question! Considering that there were only four votes against this so called bill indicates that a whole lot of idiots (myself included) voted for the people who approved this bill. Unfortunately Paul Brown R-GA, Justin Amish R-MI and Ronald Paul R-TX are not in my district, so I can't support them with my vote in the next election.

  16. Martin Forest

    Did you read the bill?

    "`(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.'."

    So the next time you go to protest Bill Ayers, or Van Jones you better make sure Obama hasn't signed a memorandum granting this protection or you will find yourself in federal prison.

  17. Rich Greig

    Tressa Pendleton he wasn't shot by a protester. Barack just doesn't want to be protested. It makes him look bad.

  18. Deborah Hoff

    if it's to protect people under the protection of the secret service and it's secret, how can you be arrested for protesting where they are? They could just say they are protecting someone.

  19. Heather Kimball Keens

    Mahaffey said "This (HR 347) doesn’t affect anyone’s right to protest anywhere at any time. Ever. ” Sure it does. If we want to peacefully assemble during a Presidential Campaign or on the WH lawn, we can't. He went on to say that, “… right now it’s not a federal violation to jump the fence and run across the White House lawn, this bill makes it a federal violation." — Someone jumping the fence and running towards the WH is obviously not someone trying to peaceably assemble. Let's not confuse the two by throwing the baby out with the baby water and lumping all anti-Presidential/Government activities together.

  20. Dan James

    Your right Raven it is just that, but you know the drill, by the time someone sues the Gov't over this, it will eventually end up in the Supreme court, who will rule for the people, because they will have to, and by then Obamass will out of office, but he will have accomplished what he set out to do, I have a feeling he thinks someone may take a pot shot at him, while he is campaigning. Everything he has done that has hurt this country is reversable by the next sitting President, but first we have to not vote Obamass back into office, this is our only prayer !!!

  21. Meaghan Marino

    Tressa Pendleton like i said, i support obama, so I'm not coming from a republican stand point where i hate everything he does, i simply disagree with this choice in his presidency. and what I meant by my 1963 point was that, the secret service has a lot more technology and programs implemented to keep the President safe. I agree that this President has WAY more opposition, I'm just saying this secret service is much more up on how to keep the President safe, then they did in 1963. Can something still happen? yes. is this the bill that will prevent it from happening? I highly doubt it, but I do think this bill infringes on my right to peacefully protest anywhere i'd like. i can't protest on your lawn because it's your private property, but I should be able to protest peacefully at the white house, or at my local congressman's office. i mean, where else makes sense to protest?! THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR MESSAGE! and I, ma'am, am most certainly up on the times.

  22. Brenda Jane Arden

    Kevin Henline You said it….He is certainly becoming a dictator and I am sick and tired of it…He also wants to be able to arrest anyone at any time, without proof….now he wants it to be a crime to be in an area, even if WE DON'T REALIZE IT'S A CRIME TO BE THERE!!!! What's next???

  23. Brenda Jane Arden

    There is one part that bothers the hell out of me…. 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…..COME ON!!! You mean to tell me that we can be charged with a crime, even if we have no knowledge we are committing one??????? THAT IS GOING TOO FAR!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

  24. John DeIorio

    @Marion…at any cost? The President is a public figure, paid for by our tax dollars, his Secret Service protection is paid by our tax dollars and the salaries of the legislators who created and passed this legislaion are paid by our tax dollars. They work for us…they should not restrict us any more than is absolutely necessary. The wording in this bill looks like it makes it impossible to protest (1st Amendment Right) anywhere the Secret Service sets up shop for a government (again, works for us) official. If George W. Bush were in the White House, would you say the same thing?

  25. Tony Stephens

    Wrong Answer. This bill allows speech, a person protected by secret service, finds approving, but makes a felony, any speech the person disapproves of, and it moves with the person, and it moves from person to person. If the president lends the secret service protection to someone in your hometown and you are there holding a sign that person doesn't like, you can go to jail for a year or more, whether you knew that person was coming to town, or that person had secret service protection.
    It punishes content, not behavior. George Bush could have had you arrested for yelling "Where are the weaopns of Mass Destruction" and Obama can have you arrested for saying " you said the troops would come home in six moths, and we could take that to the bank". Neither of them would arrest you for being in the same place at the same, with a sign which said "Four more years".

    Of course this may be a moot point, as the NDAA already gives the President the authority to put any American in jail, forever, with no proof of anything, and no trial.

  26. Heather Kadinger

    David N. S. Johannes : Actually, you can!! Ron Paul is running for PRESIDENT!!!! Cast your vote in November, as he is one of the few candidates that supports the Constitution and is usually the lone voice of the people in votes like this! GO RON PAUL!!!!! :o)

  27. Jason Poindexterus

    Can we just set poor people on fire and call it good?

  28. Philly Bob Squires

    Making a law or two isn't the main problem… it's the loopholes, interpretations and potential abuse of the said laws that are the problem. As stated below, it's passed under the guise of protection. BUT, they could, at any time, even declare my front doorstep off limits and arrest me for trying to get into my house, label you a terrorist, lock you away for good with no legal recourse and it's THEN you realize what you thought was for the good is actually a sham. And trust… in time, someone WILL!

  29. Kevin Henline

    Brenda Jane Arden , they want you breaking laws constantly, they want to be able to arrest you for anything. John Stossle just did a show on fox called illegal everything, it's insane that kids cant have lemonade stands anymore. yep the cops will shut down your 8 year olds lemonade stand, no joke. i now stop at every lemonade stand and inform all the kids there about civil disobedience, then buy lemonade from them.

  30. Karyn Sauceda

    Hear the chopping sound? That's the govt ax hacking away at our rights.

  31. Stephen Norman

    Tressa Pendleton "I don't mind protecting the Gov't employees, however, the property in question, belongs to the people, and Congress, and the Senate, have no right to regulate, any activities, on that property!" [2]

  32. Jess Maron

    Brenda Jane Arden Well that's true for anything that's illegal. You can claim that you "didn't know" it was illegal to talk on the phone while driving- the facts remain the same. I highly doubt this law will be abused; not in this age of public information. Looks like overwhelming support for this one. Move on, people.

  33. Mitchell Garcia

    Jason Poindexterus that's like, the central american plan to eliminate the poor and hungry people, yo. Kill all the poor people and feed them to the hungry people.

  34. Dan Hall

    what do you expect when someone is put in the nations highest office who has done nothing his entire life but write laws? He has no idea how to run a business or how to lead a country. He's never had a real job – he's always just had his hand out to the american worker/taxpayer. Dump this loser immediately!

  35. Gary A Paull Jr

    Meaghan Marino Most well protected man in the world… Something we spend billions doing (protecting and transporting the President and the entirety of his entourage).

  36. Jd Adams

    James and Tressa… I second that… you are idiots. " …its still important to report these type of law changes otherwise over time more actual freedoms are eroded". That is the most idiotic statement I have read or heard in awhile. Our rights will be gone before you morons figure out what is going on. Thank god there are millions who recognize it now.

  37. Jd Adams

    Reading comments on here I am sadly reminded of why this country is in so much trouble. Way too many stupid people. Ignorance and apathy are running amuck in this country, and the comments here are merely a free exhibit in which one can gaze upon the stupidity from the outside looking in.

  38. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Marion Miranda-Keane…the President and his family may live there, but we own it. You obviously put a huge amount of faith in him. I have none anymore.

  39. Daniel Schinsky

    James Johnson … freedoms eroded over time??? What do you call this??? The ball is already rolling. You are satisfied to say… "well as long as they destroy us slowly…"? Look, you do think that when they "really" start taking our rights away, that they will make it look like that is what they are doing. Look at it this way. They are legislating that they are allowed to do things that are EXPRESSLY prohibited "Congress shall make NO LAW …. prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech," – is that not what they did? Stop making excuses they have a 17% approval rating for a reason- they take more power and more power all the time. They are granting themselves more power to take away our bill of rights and constitution. Every inch they take for safety, is an inch they keep. There are a finite number of inches left on that thing… wake up.

  40. Alec Higgins

    I'll have to admit I was outraged when I first heard it but if you look at the text of the bill it's not as bad as they are making it sound. The text says and I quote:
    "Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 – Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Defines "restricted buildings or grounds" as a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President's official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance"

  41. Daniel Schinsky

    Tressa Pendleton This means that ANY person that has secret service protection… The president gets to decide who that is… ANY president.. ANY person. Then it is a Felony to speak out against them in protest. So.. now these protected people can go around and basically …dictate… ??? their views with NO opposition. They will be able to appear in front of the camera for all to see that NOONE disagrees with them…. Hmmmm This sound a lot how they operate when Hugo Chavez is around… Youtube some video's to see what happens when someone disagrees with him in a public setting…

  42. Alec Higgins

    It's not as bad as one would think from reading these articles. Read the actual text of the bill. You can find it here. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-347
    It defines "restricted buildings or grounds" as:
    " a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of:
    (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President's official residence or its grounds,
    (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or
    (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance."

  43. Jason Walters

    But what kind of President needs more security in the first place? A president that knows he is doing wrong and making the people mad.

  44. Sherillyn Flick

    Heather Kadinger …your hero Ron Paul ABSTAINED from this vote!! Some champion for free speech!

  45. Bryan Wells

    You can still protest, just stay away from govt officials eh? Sounds to me like they've realized the protests are right, so they just made it to where they don't have to see or hear them anymore.

  46. Kimberly Smith Stone

    Oh well! What's one more right being flushed down the toilet. Every since Reagan trashed " unlawful search and seizure" with "probable cause" it's been one right after another. If the government keeps it up, the only thing the Constitution will be good for is toilet paper anyway!

  47. Kimberly Smith Stone

    Tressa Pendleton I am "up on the times" and I am also an Obama supporter, but "general area" is just too vague for me to be comfortable with. Especially since the law allows people to be arrested even if they are unaware that they are breaking it. I can envision some hapless bystander wandering into the "general area" and being arrested like a criminal. This is still the United States of America right? Because it's beginning to feel like we're living in Russia or Syria or, well ,any place that doesn't have a Constitution like my country used to have!

  48. Brandon Arnold

    Marion, this law doesn't just protect the President, we already have laws that are set up to do that. The whole walking across the lawn of the WH speech is ridiculous. This law makes it illegal for a citizen to go somewhere on government property a crime if a govt employee thinks its a crime. It will infringe on our rights. common sense doesn't always prevail in these matters. I don't really agree with the Occupy movement, but it is their basic right as American to protest lawfully. Now that lawfully part just got reduced a great deal by this law being signed. So much for Hope and Change.

  49. Brandon Arnold

    Sherillyn Flick sounds like your champion signed it into law.

  50. Wolff Bachner

    Tressa Pendleton who defines "general area". are you willing to trust your freedom to to interpretation of another vague law written by Washington sycophants? and lady, im a conservative, not a liberal. FREE SPEECH NOW AND FOREVER.

  51. Carol St Peter

    Tressa Pendleton You are not up on your history. President Kennedy was shot, not by bystander or by a political "protester," Oswald, but his assassination was a planned, calculated hit by the then mafia! He was shot three times coming from three different directions. Kennedy's father made his money bootlegging and was connected with mafia. John Kennedy was warned not to go to Dallas just as Lincoln was warned not to go to the theatre the night he was shot! There was secret service all around Kennedy (films show they were hanging on Kennedy's car), and in the crowd of thousands of people. With this bill, people will have to be "chosen" by interviews and searches to be around the president, and anyone caught in the "restricted" area will be charged with a felony. The president and congress must know that many people are dissatisfied with their policies and are trying once again, to "control" the American people to protect their precious butts!

  52. John Bender

    Tressa Pendleton, you better be able to read between the lines, every day this Government is slowly taking away your rights, They have NO right to change anything in the constitution, NONE! We were granted the right to assemble and the right to protest against what we disagree with, I suppose you agree with the indefinite detention of citizens without proper trial also, WAKE UP PEOPLE! These are your rights they are taking away!

  53. Jack Rawdin

    please re-read the bill. you could be charged with a crime, weather you knew or not a special person was in the building, in the area, or on the grounds. you could be innocent, and still be charged with a crime. Bill, not good.

  54. Brandon Arnold

    It appears to me that our government officials think way too highly of themselves. IMO they spend more time protecting the rights of govt employees, and more time passing laws to take rights away from citizens. When are we going to start putting politicians in office that actually protect the rights of all Americans and not just the ones that politicians feel are important or downtrodden. If our officials need this must protection then they should take that as a sign that we think they suck at their jobs!

  55. Ray Hudson

    Just like all powers given to the FED GOV in the form of new laws, this one too shall be abused. You can bet your life, freedom, and liberty on it! The political elite class is now protected from us "scum" they rule over. Sick, sick, sick!

  56. Ray Hudson

    Alec Higgins , which pretty much makes it anyplace in the country (or even outside the country) they wish to designate. These weasel words shall be abused. Count on it.

  57. Ray Hudson

    So instead of adding anything constructive to the dialog, or even stating your thoughts about this new law, you just throw rocks at people? If you ask me, it is people of your ilk that are the problem in this country. Your elitist attitude ("outside looking in") just oozes out of you. What district do you represent, Congressman?

  58. Alec Higgins

    Ray Hudson I see your point. The law gives the Government power that could easily be abused.

  59. Judy Pepenella

    This legislation goes beyond left right ideology. This legislation flies in the face of the bill of rights and each citizens right set forth in the First Amendment, basically the right and freedom to religion, speech, press, assembly and petition the government.
    NO ONE has the right to threaten and/or abuse any one..including elected officials. However, as citizens of a said representative government, we MUST have the right to question, discuss and if needed protest to bring forth our views to ALL elected officials and citizens in the Country.

  60. John Coueslant

    This is bill too far-no one can be wrapped up in cotton wool in a democracy-security yes, but HR347 will just be used to prevent peaceful and lawful protest in public places.

  61. Marion Miranda-Keane

    Well people , I am all for protesting I do it all the time when the tea party comes to town. Will protest over womens rights''etc, etc. But not stupid enough to jump the fence or run across white house lawn or stand in the face of secret service. With signs and chants at a distance we protesters get our point across. So I don't feel HR347 is a violation of our right to protest. My biggest outrage where violation of rights and infringement of rights is the war on women and voter ID laws set in place by the dictators ( republicans ). So maybe I'll get to see you all at a protest sometime ! … Oh yes I have faith in my president and am very proud of him, so I don't mind my tax dollars, pays his rent !!!!!!!

  62. Kara Battaglio

    RIGHT!! Finally people are seeing that, we just need everyone else to. The way media refers to "Occupiers" is just about the same as Hitler telling Germans the Jews were horrible people that needed to taken care of by all and any means…. and well as WE all know there's is no difference between black, white, Jewish or Atheist, same rules apply.

  63. Brandon Arnold

    Alec Higgins A special event could be something as simple as a visitor or a holiday or a meeting. When laws are written with such ambiguity it allows the government to take liberties with how they want to interpret them. That is why these type of laws appear on surface to be harmless, but in reality lead to more regulations, more frivolous lawsuits or arrest, and more importantly loss of civil rights and liberties. If the law was specifically written to keep people off of the lawn of the WH or the VP's property then why didn't it just say those two locations? That is the justification they give to us to prove to us that it is no big deal. It is a big deal. every law signed that interferes with our just cause to protest or reject government if we disagree conflicts with the very essence of our rights as Americans.

  64. Reid Giles

    If I understand this correctly, by removing the word "willfully" from the law, they are now able to arrest someone who was coerced or forced to enter the restricted area unwillfully. This means that if somebody was pushed into a closed off area against their will, they can be prosecuted. This does not seem right or fair, and I see very little reason for them to have changed the wording in this way.

  65. Ray Hudson

    We need a third party, but nothing like the other two. In this age of the Internets (thanks Al Gore), one would think we could form a truly centrist party whose power is retained BY THE PEOPLE, and does not become beholden to the same money sharks that the Republicrats and Democrians have sold their souls to. A party whose power stems from We The People who tell it how we feel, and how we want them to vote…and whose power is kept in check by checks and balances provided by a secure internet technology….thinking out loud, but don't we all think it is time?

  66. Pete Schaefer

    Yeah, and wouldn't it be cool if we all had The Force and carried lightsabres and could summon bigfoot, little green men and Elvis to do our bidding?

  67. Ray Hudson

    Pete Schaefer Yeah, that would be cool too. Let's have some of that. Can we put you down to make those happen? ;)

  68. Phillip Rehmann

    Ray Hudson ….poor Ray, you just don't get it….his comment was constructive…he was pointing out that so many people….who comment here, are stupid and ignorant to the point that they don't understand that their rights and freedoms are being taken away from them in such a way, that they do not see and comprehend what is happening!

  69. Judy Clue

    Wait a minute. Don't forget how bush did his shit and guarded the place….after all, he was guilty, guilty, guilty of treason! That crooked cunt even had a 'food-taster' 'cause he was so guilty of espionage he was petrified someone would KILL HIM! And he would have deserved it! These thugs in the Repubic party can be trusted even less than we democrats in bush's evil time in office. The only point is that the public ARE the boss and they can come in to have a look see and take a tour. That's what I would do if I could afford to go there and make a daily habit of it with a sign. I don't see anyway he could deny that but hey, these bloody demon repubics CANNOT be trusted! But that is NO reason to destroy our Constitution. If he's a smart President, he can learn how to abide by our rights and still stay safe. And if anyone hurts him then WE should tear the bloody demon's throat out. I would have said it about bush, but I WOULD NOT have done the act. Capice?

  70. Judy Clue

    Mitchell Garcia Didn't ur mama teach you NOT to put a plastic bag on your head???!!?

  71. Mitchell Garcia

    Judy Clue proving you can't die from it when your older than three. Also proving that anyone who gets killed by plastic bagging their head doesn't have any teeth. In the name of SCIENCE.

  72. Judy Clue

    Mitchell Garcia Silly boy. That's not a safe example for kids that young!

  73. Seryi Owner

    "domestic terrorists" wtf is that? new kind of terrorist invented by US? *rofl*
    soon we will have animal terrorism xD

  74. Robert Bulatao

    Jason Walters Not Necessarily. JFK could have used more protection and he was a great guy. Assholes with guns are going to be assholes with guns and if I was a black dude in the white house I'd be worried about crazy racists, too.

  75. Joseph Oliver

    This really is a no-brainer.. the Supreme Court will strike it down. What did Obama think he was going to sneak this past people? Crazy.

  76. Anonymous

    Me thinks that the smell coming from DC is VERY, VERY ROTTEN, and it is time to flush the drains, and clean house!

    Cold War Gunner.

  77. Andrew Hawk

    Tressa Pendleton you sound very naive, this "thief in chief" and his cronies are stealing our rights slowly and methodically and folks like you are helping him at every turn. Terrible!

  78. Anonymous

    The President is an idiot! We have laws that he has taken an oath to defend. It's called the Constitution and this jerk wants to dismantle it. You think Martin Luther King would have abided by this HR347? Hell no! Mike anco

  79. John Steever

    Tressa Pendleton: Sorry but I have to go with the name caller's on this one. Does it hurt your back (or head) to use such contortions to support your position? You show your true intellect when you feel the need to point out that "Kennedy was shot by a member of the general public". As opposed to what, a space alien?

  80. Julio O'Rourke

    Tressa Pendleton why do you believe this law is meant to protect only the president? The law clearly states as the article mentions: “ … 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….”. This means ANYONE under Secret Service protection, candidates, former presidents, elected officials or anyone that the SS is protecting at a meeting, public or private as long as the protestor is in the "AREA". This law is not meant to protect anyone its sole purpose is to keep protests away from POLICY MAKERS. Let us not be mistaken HR 347 is a direct attack at the first amendment in a such that it interferes with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibits the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

  81. Julio O'Rourke

    Andrew Hawk you are even more so than Tressa, HR 347 was passed with a vote of 399-3… sounds like the political class are stealing our rights slowly and methodically and folks like you are helping him at every turn. Terrible!

  82. Julio O'Rourke

    “ 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 ILEGAL to be in that area and has no reason to suspect its illegal.”…. scary huh?

  83. David Mowry

    Meaghan Marino the law doesn't say you can't protest at the White House… it only states that you can't do it on the front lawn….. read the bill changes… it only refers to people who enter and do not leave 'Protected" areas while there are "Protected Persons" being moved through them…. and it's not a ref to just the President, it covers any and all people under secret service protection….

  84. Dennis Taylor

    The FEDS taking one more inch of ground away from the First Amendment. Soon it will be two inches and on and on till there's nothing left. This is also happening to your second amendment rights….bureaucratic erosion of our rights granted by our constitution. Keep voting for the scum till you are personally affected…then bitch about it.

  85. Dane Ferrell

    It is a blatant violation of our first amendment rights, as well as being used to try and silence anyone who challenges the corporate Fascist system that has been created the last 35 years.

  86. Rolland Johnson

    James Johnson This is just like the start of communism. Read your history. First they start with protecting the officials from the public and extending the areas where the public can protest and then they will take away your guns. You have blinders on. Ask someone who has lived through communism and they will tell you the stages it goes through and before anyone knows what is happening you wake up in a communist country. Obama who loves the communist doctrine is just starting. If we elect him again you will not believe the freedoms he will usurp from the people without you even knowing what is going on.

  87. Judy Wamzmom Wamser

    So let me get this right… The law used to say you can't protest in a few spots where government official might get hurt. and if you do there are some minor consequences…. Now with the new addition it added a few more safety areas for our government officials and made it a more serious offence if you do…. Really! Come on people lets get upset over some real issues here!

  88. Rolland Johnson

    Meaghan Marino If you support this anti-American you are living with blinders on. This person, I won't even dignify him as a man, wants us to be more like the Europeans and we all know how well that is working out for them. His background is suspect, he surrounds himself with America haters in his cabinet and appointments. He wants to rule by presidential decree instead of going through Congress. He wants to make laws that are anti women, anti speech, anti free market, anti American workers, anti immigration laws and the list goes on and on. We have enough protection for the leaders of our country now, we do not need to take more freedoms away from WE THE PEOPLE.

  89. John Peace

    We have all read the Constitution, hopefully. There is no doubt wht the first amendment says about the right to protest.
    All of us as are arbiters of the right of govrnment to restrict our liberties. When I read something like this I feel that our elected representatives have treasonously broken their oath to protect and preserve the Constitution. I feel that I would rather die resisting a law like this than accept the incremental destruction of our liberties. Ask yourself; are the remaining years of your life so valuable that you will crawl before people who think nothing of the sacrifice of our fathers?
    The tree of liberty is withering from lack of sustanence.

  90. Jason Zadoyan

    But the difference is Hitler had right to do what he did, the Jews were a menace in Germany and stole ALL the wealth of the German public and left them destitute! I suggest you read about the Weimar Republic Hyperinflation. The Jews run and own everything American and are doing the same thing here today… Soon, people will wake up to realize this fact… But, it's getting pretty late now, time is against us all.

  91. Joshua Sniffen

    We don't need a FEDERAL LAW to stop people from running across the White House lawn now, Tressa, or ever. You think that a new law will stop terrorists or crazy people? What makes you think giving the Feds yet more prosecuting power a good thing? This only hurts peaceful Americans in the end…regardless of how much of a "big deal" it is or not. The point is, little by little, they are giving the courts closer to citing precedence against Free Speech.

  92. Jason Zadoyan

    More like Weimar Germany 1920's. Hitler restored the German Mark Currency. On the other hand, ZIONIST JEWS who own the Federal Reserve are destroying our currency.

  93. Aaron Faulkner

    Read the bill. It's not just an expansion. Anywhere there's a SS agent "protecting" something, they can tell you to leave or be arrested for a felony. This is a serious breach of the Constitution.

  94. Rich Brock

    you need to wake up and realize what's happenning in this country when people are being arrested for selling raw organic milk and yet they aloow mcdonalds to sell the crap they sell somethings very fucking wrong in this country and obama is another friggin moron that needs to go hes nothging but a puppet and for all those obama supporters you have to be highly dissapointed in this moron.

  95. Poonam Srivastava

    Tressa and James you either work at social networking for the government or you are extremely ignorant. or both. Actual freedoms are presented in the bill of rights and include protest and gatherings. Federal lands belong to the people and elected government officials do not need this much protection at the expense of the bill of rights. we are on the road to tyranny and you are cheering.

  96. Anonymous

    Obama and his socialist minions are slowly taking American's rights away from them, with total disreguard for the Constitution, which Obama hates and has said as much.

    Did you pay attention to the other bill he signed 3/16/12? No? How stupid are you folks?

    It basically gives Obama 'single point of authority' in an 'emergency'. Very vague wording, which gives Obama dictatorship powerers over the entire country, concerning energy, military, water…

    Say goodbye to the last free nation in the world. The first black man elected to the Presidency is quickly destroying the nation, as he said he would.

    'Hope and change! Hope and change!' No one would ask just what the he! he meant by that, but now you know!

  97. Anonymous

    Jason Zadoyan – OMG, I can only hope you are kidding. If not, you are horribly misinformed and as a result, rather dangerous in your thinking.

  98. Jason Zadoyan

    openid Misinformed? Let's get down to basics here, then… Have you even read Mein Kampf, studied the Treaty of Versailles on how it backstabbed Germany, or do you even know what Hyperinflation is? If you do, then you should know the Germans suffered miserably from Hyperinflation and lost a lot of territory after WW1. Go back and read your history. US History books are full of lies and deceit… While the Nazi's discovered the Nuclear bomb, they refused to develop it. They weren't the ones who dropped bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki… So you tell me, who are the real genocidal maniacs and tyrants of this world!?

  99. Julie Huffman-Zorich

    Jason Zadoyan How do you own everything and be destitute at the same time? Sounds to me like Hitler and you are jealous of the Jews' successes. Are they not allowed to have what they worked for? I didn't hear anyone say they stole it. Kara, have you never said an ill word against the Tea Party? I'll bet my next paycheck you have and that would make you a typical liberal hypocrite. Occupiers couldn't even tell anyone why they were there, so why would anyone speak of them with respect. They were puppets being told to go there by someone else and some of them paid to go. How can you respect what a person stands for (protests for in this case) when they don't even know. How can you respect people that are fowling up parks and cities and complaining about not finding a job when they aren't even looking for one. Where were all these occupiers when they bailed out the banks? They are a joke and that is why no one respects them. When liberals saw that it was dying out they played their last cards and had the celebrities come and it still sucked. But that doesn't matter because that wasn't the point of the protests. The point was to take away your freedom and they got it. Keep on protesting and lets see how much more they take. Where is the precious ACLU when you need them? Where is Obama who is a liberal and supposed to be for rights? He's signing the damn bill…HYPOCRITE. point proven

  100. Julie Huffman-Zorich

    Tressa Pendleton Did you know the threats that were made against Lincoln? Do you realize he died because he gave more people the rights that were entitled to them, not taking them away. Do you realize people protested right outside his windows and banged on his house? They shot through the window too. Being president is a privilege and a sacrifice and the good ones get that and don't cower. The good ones don't have to run from the citizens that they are a "PUBLIC SERVANT" to, they have to answer to us. The problem is Obama and so many other politicians and Americans like you don't realize that anymore. If I were president I would think I wouldn't worry about being shot and if I were I'd be comforted by the fact that I did a good job. Obama wouldn't get shot cause most of the crazies are in his camp (the ones that are protesting outside the White House now!), so long as he keeps his mouth shut and quits trying to racially divide this country then he won't get shot by the right crazies.

  101. Julie Huffman-Zorich

    Meaghan Marino This isn't even the first time Obama has trampled all over our rights and not blinked. It's about the fifth or sixth that I know of off the top of my head. He has ignored the constitution or found loop holes left and right. Lawyers are good at that..and lying too. Who knew? China sensors the media that their country see's and so does a lot of other countries, but it should never have been us and now thanks to Obama it is. The government officially controls what you are and aren't allowed to see. I really don't see how all of you liberals can claim to be for our rights and freedom, but contradict that left and right….even your president! At least we know the hypocrisy goes to the highest level, I guess. Let's not forget the cow you all had when the Patriot Act was passed that had a time limit, but was there to protect you. Now we have this bill that not only isn't to protect you, but it's to protect your public servant while at the same time taking away from your rights…and this one has no time limit, so it's permanent and altering a law that has been on the books since the beginning of this country- altering our history. Little piece here, little piece there. You all need to wake up and take a look around and please stop drinking their kool-aid. It should be no surprise but it is that you all act like this is the first time Obama has done this to us, that they have done this to us. Did you know that politicians didn't use to be politicians? They had jobs and a real profession. Makes sense right? They saw themselves as servants and intended it to be that way so as not to let their heads get bigger than the reason they are there in the first place. Which is exactly what Obama has done. Power hungry, self serving, wanna-be dictator.

  102. Julie Huffman-Zorich

    James Johnson So wrong. Look around you. Little things like this are just a step to the next things. They'll give you a little pill and then another a little bigger and then before you know it you have this horse pill being shoved down your throat. It isn't just to protect the President. They took a word out specifically to be able to read the law anyway they want now. The president drives around in a rpg proof car and how many times have you seen protesters anywhere near him lately? I haven't seen it once and you never would unless he got the balls up to walk out their and speak to and hear the people he serves. Instead though, he did the opposite and pretty much said I don't want to see you or hear you. The secret service's job is crowd control and the crowd is already controlled before a president goes anywhere, thus far. Who knows, maybe he is planning on pissing us all off more and now he has the law in place to cover his ass when the military is holding the people back from the White House, just like Syria right now.

  103. David Ross

    Jason Zadoyan, are you really gonna attempt to argue that due to the Weimar Republic, Hitler was just in his attempt to exterminate the Jewish population!?! You sir are a putz.

  104. Bobby Macauley

    Get with the times. Everyone, all of you, are currently protesting this bill and not being pressed on federal charges. Whether it is on the lawn of the white house, or through the media and through social network doesn't matter.

  105. Anonymous

    399-3? Apparently we have two quasi-fascist parties running the show.

  106. Jason Zadoyan

    David Ross, how about backing up some of the facts of what led the Weimar Republic into disintegration!? If we cannot have an intellectual conversation and debate about facts, regardless of whether or not you approve of Adolf Hitler, then you are obviously a part of the problematic people in this world, and not a part of the solution.

  107. Jason Zadoyan

    Troy Kokoszka Right, well there were war reparations Germany had to pay after WW1, but the Hyperinflation is truly what put the country in to total destruction and impoverishment.

  108. Vicki Tower

    So now the government has a law to back up arresting anyone who protests something that the government does. All they have to do is move an 'official' into an area near a group of protestors and then arrest everyone without warning. Fabulous. One more freedom gone. How many do we have left? Most of the presses are bought and paid for, or silenced, we can't voice our own opinions peacefully – any question as to how soon the violence to enact change is going to start? What a dark road we're heading down, and someone is turning off all the lights.

  109. Christian Guel

    it makes it a safer place to protest is what ive also read.

  110. Christian Guel

    Phillip Rehmann oh why yes of course there rights are being taken away, can you please read something other than this article or maybe like the law? it makes it safer to protest. the bill of rights protects our rights and no way can they change that. please read something other than this and then talk.

  111. Jd Adams

    Phillip Rehmann Thank you… that is precisely my point. Our rights are being stripped from us and most do not either care or fail to understand. I am incredulous that a nation of people think that each time the govt takes out a bite of our constitution it's ok and is good for us because "they" (the govt) is protecting us. So who then, is protecting us from the govt.?

  112. Taylor Clayton

    I think its time to start a protest. This man has taken Sooo many of our rights or we are limited to do only so many things I'm over his ignorance. PISS OFF OBAMA!!!

  113. Israel Oren

    Jason Zadoyan Right, blame the Jews. Typical Nazi that you are. Why not really look into who owns the International Banking. Try the Vatican. BTW, Rothchild are NOT Jewish anymore. They are Lutharians. Also, they are only one family of the 11 illuminati Families. Are they ALL Jewish? No, sir, Nazi propaganda is just that, propaganda, like the Soviet NVDA paper called "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion". Keep up the Hate, and blame Jews. That is what the Elite want from idiots like you.

  114. Jim Crapanzano

    How can anybody not get this?
    First Amendment: Congress Shall pass NO LAW…>> the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” <<.

    This Act is in direct violation of the First Amendment, because the amendment does NOT read: UNLESS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, OR OTHERS, UNDER SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION IS PRESENT!

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/206017/president-obama-signs-anti-protest-bill-h-r-347/#iElJwdQC0qyOAEso.99.

  115. Jason Zadoyan

    Israel Oren Blame the Nazi's all you want… And you wanna call the aggression of Israelis against Palestinians just, and as it is not a Genocide? Vatican is also a Rothschild entity… Rothschilds are ALL Jews, you are a typical lying JEW… Using your deceptive mantras and rhetorics to deceive and brainwash society from history and truth.

  116. Jason Zadoyan

    @Israel, God is going to PUNISH you and all Jews, very soon… For Thousands of Years, you Jews have disobeyed the Lord's commands, and have continued to be a pest to humanity with your money-lending practices… That's why you've been thrown out of 80 civilizations for thousands of years.

  117. Anthony Smoothtrooper Keeney

    I Like how ignorant we are, Did anybody really think our government would last this long? We will never live in a perfect utopia, To think that our democracy is fool proof is ridiculous.

  118. Christian Guel

    Kevin Henline oh why is he called the president? why should we even have one then? a government? youre basically saying we shouldnt have one since he will have equal rights and just get assassinated. you know, take a bullet for a citizen.

  119. Anthony Murgio

    I agree with Josh There is a reason for the Bill of Rights!!! Allow the Govt to control we the people and you have a dictatorship. Blows my mind that people are not outraged. Tressa, when you dont agree with something the govt is doing and you get thrown in jail, then what?

  120. Joe Brandenburg

    no protests of the presidential candidates – are you kidding me? It should be the right of people to protest these scum. Clearly, congress and Obama are moving us to facism everyday.

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  122. Nra Greer

    Get him out off are offices, This man is killing are country. And if some people can't see this.I don't know what to say, But you have you have a very low IQ.He has step on to many of are rights in the USA. Get out of are offices. I pray to are heavenly father to move him from Gods office. Hitler most be a hero of Obama. He is doing the same thing a Hitler started doing to his people.

  123. Brendan Rossello

    Please people do something about this travisty of injustice. Write call harass yell scream tell your friends. Its easy to complain but it takes work to change these so called representatives. We the people do not need nor want any more stripping of our civil liberties. Now I'm going to use my first ammendment rights and say congressional representatives protect their wallets and friends (corporate)

  124. Nate Kangas

    yup protest where they say you can protest and on a moments notice. You will be so far away the press wont see it the politician won't see it the people will not know the outrage and it in effect will silence the voices of the people in a country that was built on those very voices. something stinks to holy h3ll over this

  125. Terry Patti McGrath

    Takeing our rights one stroke at a time..>WAKE UP PEOPLE!

  126. Brienna Sarah Duff

    Wow…our Grandmothers struggled and protested for Women's Suffrage, black people struggled and fought for Civil Rights, and now our freedom of speech is going to be taken away. You want to arrest someone for protesting? Go down to Kansas and just mow down the Westboro Baptist Church.

  127. Danny Alessandrino

    It's a double edge sword bc in one aspect it my limit were people can protest and express there first amendment right but then it has become a safety issue bc of the on going violence at these demonstration towards political officials putting at risk the safety and well being numerous people (law enforcement, non evolved citizens walking by and government official ….. So understanding where this is coming from those who protest in a humane way should thank those bad apples among them who ruin it for everyone else !!!!

  128. John Peace

    In the Godfather they said it was time to go to the mattresses. When you see this kind of legislation come out of our Congress you have to think that it is at least time to prepare for hard times.
    I won't appologise for being overly dramatic. I'm telling you these are the kind of laws we must protest, ignore and disobey. If passive ressistance is not enough, then let them inforce such a law when we all stand against it. Because if we let it stand then it will not just be the White House lawn but our own frnt lawn when some politician drives by and we display an opposition sign. It was in times like these that Franklin advised his co-patriots to hang together for surely if they drifted along as we have done they would all hang separately…………………..John Peace.

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  130. Bobbi Gerou

    The Supreme Court needs to do away with this. It is taking our away our right to peacefully assemble and protest. We are letting the Government do what they want to with the Constitution. And most of the people don't care that this is happening. They have the attitude that the Government is doing it for the right reason. Wake up. The reason is to make it so we have no say in what is going on with our Government.

  131. Cole Peterson

    I think that protesting will continue regardless of what laws the government passes to try to stop it in fact I think that it will become violent because if the protesters arent able to protest legally they will do so illegaly causing the cops to get involved and if they veaw the laws that they broke during protest as unjust laws they are way more likely to act violently toward the police

  132. Nicholas Everett Thompson

    This occupy nonsense is a waste of time. Want an example of successful protesting look to Google and Wikipedia. They actually did work to protest though not write on cardboard and camp in the parks of cities defecating everywhere and defiling public space that hard working citizens enjoy on there time off.

  133. Norm Toler

    I believe Tressa and James are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. It appears they are supporting the very captors, namely the current occupant in the White House and those self aggrandizing individuals in the U.S. Congress, who are holding us hostage.

  134. Madison Knight

    The worst part is is that it is a felony conviction and one that happens your voting rights are gone as well as the right to bear arms. I'd say that's a major breach

  135. Sam Hall

    It doesn't matter what you do, nothing short of violence or the threat of it, is going to change things at this point. Questions are, what will start it? When will it happen, how long will it last and how bad is it going to get? What is our country going to be like when it is over if it ever is? The evidence is before us unfolding as I type, you can protest, rally, occupy, circle hands and sing even vote, it doesn't change the fact that the government , DEM and REP, (only 3 voted against) Bush did and Obama is now and the people who work for government all of them, are ignoring the Constitution. then they are telling lies to our face about it, saying the opposite of what we see and know to be true. This is just one of many anti Constitutional acts government has taken against us citizens in the last decade or so. We are going to have some hard times.

  136. Ray Rice

    I was a supporter of Obama until know. Next making comments like the ones on here are going to be illegal. Notice how they all agreed on this bill that protects them. This bill also reads that even if you are unaware that you are in an area that is deemed a no protest area and not protesting you can still be arrested. We need to elect these people out of office who voted for this bill. We put these politicians in office to protect our rights not take them away.

  137. Phoenix Oakley

    The insanity, fear and outright gall of our political elitist 1% is bittersweet in that it's heart-wrenching, scary and affirmative of our power and how much they are starting to fear us. It's not enough. The fear must be made real, amplified and the 99% need to devour the harlot (the 1%) that drinks the blood of the profits (our fighters for our rights) on the back of the beast (all peoples).
    Ok, its a biblical reference, and I'm atheist, but its true. The 1% need to be disemboweled and brought to their knees and made to realize that they are in service to us, not our masters to do as they please.
    They are suppose to be our voice, and yet, their money, their greed deafens them to us and all they hear is the evil that is within their hearts, their greed.

  138. Christian Stark

    Agreed!!! It is the citizens of this country that need added protection from the Govt. NOT the other way around. This is shameful.

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  140. Adeel Usman

    Nice I love Democracy at work… I can't wait for the folks who are take the Obama Administration to court on the constitutionality of the healthcare mandate to review this.

  141. Timothy Warenz

    This law makes it illegal to protest in the places where one would most likely choose to protest; where those who are in positions to make decisions, laws, and regulations that affect us all are doing just that. If one is to protest an important matter, isn't the site of protest likely to be where politicians are discussing the matter and making decisions regarding it. H.R. 347 is a huge violation of our constitutional right to free speech and another nail in the coffin of "freedom and democracy."

  142. Roger Kiesey

    I think this bill along with most of the restrictive bills that have been passed along with those that voted to take away some of our freedoms and the person that signed them into law are full of poop (dung) Let's ask God; you know the creator, what he thinks.

  143. Jennifer L Rowland

    Taylor Clayton, I just asked a question, but I see where she gets her hate and anger from! Maybe you should be teaching her grammar instead of hate! YOU back off!

  144. Nra Greer

    Jennifer L Rowland Some times I need my glass on,My everything( My Daughter) tells me the same thing. And my life keeps moving on. Old age is slowly getting me.And I I'm also left handed.Need to see some of my paper work when I was 12. My sis seen it first.Everything was in reverse.Had to go to a two hr class every day for two yrs. To help me with that.I live in a right hand it world.

    But if you a little mad at me,It's ok. I will be just fine. I love my 8000.00 home I own. And my boats to.If your ever out this way,I will give you a nice tour. To show you what I own. So you know that I'm doing ok.

    So learn to spell,Was never my best thing to do. Making money was. Last yr was bad yr.I made about 2.8 million. Tax's sucked some of it. Good yr is about 4.7 to 5.8. Hell it just $…But to be ugly will never get you anywhere. Whats that old saying,Shit happens. And a life is good. PS If you ever in Jax Fla. I love showing off my things.Let me know if you like a tour. Take care. Do you like horses,We own nine. And you can take Mr Vee out on the trail. I'm on 1.855 acres to have fun on. ♥.

  145. Kyle Zver

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    -Thomas Jefferson

    These tyrants are making it harder to refresh the tree of liberty and that's just not right!

  146. Christine Reasonover

    just cause he sighned it,, he did not create it. ck out the 399 who did and the 3 who didn't. they r all in cahoots with one another!
    that's why americans r so ignorant ron paul would never go for this! and obama is a moderate rep. the truth hurts.

  147. John A. Curr III

    Thanks Gary Pudup for posting this. I've been looking for a better analysis to respond/address a number of the questions and, yes, some hysteria that seems to revolve around this Bill. Multitasking having gotten the best of me, I hadnt found that opportunity yet.

  148. Gary Pudup

    John A. Curr III I'm shocked, shocked to hear that there is "hysteria" in the American political doalogue!

  149. Mathis Photographics

    This is what I think we ought to do…..(from the D of I)…"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  150. Anonymous

    This is just the beginning of the break down of the first amendment. Add it to this months (april 2012) of wired magazine and your jaws will drop. They(NSA) are building a hugh facility in Utah where all communication will pass through and be stored. Including this one, if it makes it past HP? All phone calls, emails, texts. Yottabytes of storage. (Yes, I had to loo it up too) We are heading to Germany 1938.

  151. Nathalie Morrison

    @TRessa You really don't get the point are you? They are TAKING our freedom slowly away from us…And yet to think that Ron Paul want to abolish all these laws and give us freedom what a CRAZY man he is, right? ( yes I was being sarcastic! RIP America)

  152. Nathalie Morrison

    @TRessa You really don't get the point do you? They are TAKING our freedom slowly away from us…And yet to think that Ron Paul want to abolish all these laws and give us freedom what a CRAZY man he is, right? ( yes I was being sarcastic! RIP America)

  153. Kevin Henline

    Nicholas Everett Thompson, there is a little saying that goes something along the lines of, when they came to round up the masons, i didn't speak up because i wasn't a mason, when they came for the blacksmiths, i didn't speak up because i wasn't a blacksmith. it ends something like when they came for me there was no one else left. remember that. even though you may not believe what they Occupy movement stands for,what they stand for is your rights, all the same. And Not having an employment opportunity Doesn't make you a deadbeat, it just sticks you in a catagory with about 10% of the rest of the country

  154. Michael Pomper

    I understand the point you are trying to make, but "probable cause" is what is called a necessary evil in many cases where lives could be at risk and many more crimes committed. Yes, like everything else, there are those in an authoritative position who will abuse this, like in everything else in life, but this is a bad example and no where near the stating point of the trampling of our Constitutional rights.

  155. Michael Pomper

    Marion Miranda-Keane Satire or ignorance? Your post i all over the map. Anti-Republican, pro-President and pro-Tea Party????? Not possible. Anti-Republican, sure, but the other two are like oil and water. they do not mix well at all. The Tea Party is pro-American and pro-Constitution. The other is anti-American and anti-Constitution.

  156. Kimberly Smith Stone

    Michael Pomper I was merely pointing that out as the first example of the slow and steady errosion of the Bill OF RIGHTS. That was simply the beginning, no matter how well intended. WE have gone from there and slowly progressed towards the Patriot Act and CIPSA.

  157. Alan Rodriguez

    I like the bill, we have some crazy americans that love to shoot up places cause they are angry, prohibiting them from being on government property is sufficent. Do you want someone coming on yoru lawn tresspassing on your property causing drama with yoru family? didn't thiink so.

  158. Harlan-Donna Schott

    Everyone needs to understand that a laws intent is not always the way it is interpreted in the real world. Can this law be interpreted to void everyone's Bill of Rights. The overwhelming answer is yes, yes ,yes in the name of security for an official designated.

  159. Vicki Johnson

    So we sit around and complain…typical AND the reason our country is where its at today. Get out of your houses get together with your friends and communities go gather with others and DO SOMETHING! We HAVE to stop taking this crap! My God, are we just going to wait until our country is a complete police state?

    Do you have pride in our Constitution? Do you value the rights provided therein? Should our children and Grandchildren be afforded these same rights? Its up to us people, the time has come for serious action…gather forces…there are many out there who will gather with you, organize and stop these thefts of our rights stand up.

  160. Pat Sherman

    when are americans going to wake up. and I can not believe they did this. all of them. we arebeing taken down a road like sheep. someone get smart and toss obama and congress out the damn door. fast. ted nugent had it right.

  161. Anonymous

    What did you think was going to happen? People who know who and what Obama is have been telling you for years what was coming!

  162. Kevin Bosworth

    If the Supreme court justices do NOT see this bill as unconstitutional then they all should be impeached for crimes against the American people..

  163. James Edward Hustler

    Obama is destroying our Constitution by doing this. He's going to destroy America the longer he remains in office. This means Freedom of Speech damn near doesn't exist. What is this bastard going to do next – Make it against the law to talk?

  164. Todd Schock

    Many leader of history were able to fix their popularity with this same use of power. Examples like….hmmmmm…. Well……. Hitler, Stalin, Saddam,………. Many leaders……

  165. Chris Trunde

    These fols forget who it is that owns the White House and other like-buildings. They don't, WE do. I do believe we have the right to be wherever we feel the need to be, on OUR own property.

  166. Scot Okel

    This bill defines a violation of the 1st Amendment. In executing it, the Secret Service agents on location decide if a person has the right to be present or speak. Nor does the bill apply only to government buildings. It can apply to a grocery store if the Secret Service is present.

  167. Anonymous

    Ray Hudson – that's that little nuisance called "free speech….you know, the entire point of this article??
    You may not agree with what someone says, you may even hate it – but you will damn well respect it…

  168. Anonymous

    Is it a harmless action – or is it a slow, backdoor intrusion and watered down precedent to more power grab?
    Remember – fundamental transformation doesn't happen overnight….
    I know one thing – I'll be camping at the polls in November!

  169. Nemo Starem

    Israel Oren Yeah, people, listen to the masonic zionist with the illuminati star of david in his profile image!
    I don't think a racist murderer has the right to "expose" another…
    (BTW I'm an anarcho-communist,in case any of you mind)

  170. George Butiri

    Good to see the freedom of speech still protects pornography, since that's what its initial intention by the founding fathers was anyway. (sarcasm)

  171. Tony Orlandus

    Just after what we say is poor judgement of our Secret Service in Columbia why do we what to give them this judgement of law…

    I am protesting to my congressman about HR347 a felony and advise you to do the same. This just part of the overwhelming poor judgement being made into laws by the President, and the representatives approving such a law. One more step towards marxism, The Constitution is being violated everyday by this idiot, now our freedom of speech.

    Watch the video below and you to will be mad as hell.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7SGWH3kirzg&vq=medium

  172. Tony Orlandus

    Just after what we say poor judgement of our Secret Service in Columbia why do we what to give them this judgement of law…

    I am protesting to my congressman about HR347 a felony and advise you to do the same. This just part of the overwhelming poor judgement being made into laws by the President, and the representatives approving such a law. One more step towards marxism, The Constitution is being violated everyday by this idiot, now our freedom of speech.

    Watch the video below and you to will be mad as hell.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7SGWH3kirzg&vq=medium

  173. Gerald A. Reason

    I never thought I would stand with Occupy * but today I must. This law is a direct violation of the First Amendment. For one to be held criminally responsible for an act, they need to know that the act they are preforming is a violation of law. According to this, the Secret service could declare an area off limits after a person is there protesting and he is SOL. If I want to protest, so that the politician who is the object of my protest can see and/or hear it, the Secret Service can arrest me for it.

    What happened to this Amendment: "Congress shall make no law…….. 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.”? [The term Petition, being used as a verb here indicates either a spoke request or a formal written request to a person or group with the power to grant the petition].

    This law would make petitioning, except in writing, impossible if the politician to whom the petition is directed did not want to hear it. It would totally violate our right to voice our spoken opinions to our politicians if they did not wish to listen. I feel both parties were WRONG in passing this version of the bill which Obama signed on March 9, 2012 (HR-347).

  174. Joel Bryan

    If a republican were in the white house this would be frount page news funney how this was never brought to light by our state run news im sorry did i just say that i ment our unbious meida

  175. Tony Bertram

    First Amendment and the Constitution is being tramppled by both the Democrats and GOP. Our Bill of Rights are slowly being taken away by those whom are elected to serve the citizen. Get ready America, Socialism and Communism will be coming to a state near you soon!

  176. Kim LaCapria

    Yes! Like when Democrats bullied America into the Patriot Act or when Democrats started domestic surveillance of Americans or when Democrats made off-site torture sites! Also when Democrats got rid of Habeus Corpus! OH WAIT THAT WAS REPUBLICANS.

  177. Anonymous

    Paul Broun (R) from Georgia voted no, Ron Paul (R) from Texas voted no, Justin Amash (R) from Michigan voted no, those where the only "NO" votes. several other reps. didn't cast a vote. The fence sitters are: Hinchey, Maurice (D), Hanna, Richard (R), Jordan, Jim (R), Giffords, Gabrielle (D), Tiberi, Patrick “Pat” (R), LaTourette, Steven (R), Wu, David (D), Edwards, Donna (D), Holden, Tim (D), Walberg, Timothy (R), Rohrabacher, Dana (R), DeGette, Diana (D), Lamborn, Doug (R), Carnahan, Russ (D), Hinojosa, Rubén (D), Jones, Walter (R), Young, Bill (R), Castor, Kathy (D), Shuler, Heath (D), Farenthold, Blake (R), Kingston, Jack (R), Price, Tom (R), Forbes, Randy (R), Payne, Donald (D), Smith, Adam (D), Rush, Bobby (D), Gutiérrez, Luis (D), Meeks, Gregory (D), Towns, Edolphus “Ed” (D), I think I got all the people who didn't vote either way, and I think I got their parties right. there were too many to keep track of. But it was easy enough to see the "NO" votes. since there was only three.

  178. RA Goodwin

    PLEASE.. remember he is taking our freedoms away… one step at a time! Stop him at the polls! DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. Save your future and fight back! I did my fighting back in the 60's & 70's… It's YOUR country now… FIGHT FOR IT! Vote him OUT! Get involved!

  179. Ken Whitmore

    If he'd stop making such stupid moves, maybe he'd need less protection and maybe this bill wouldn't have ever seen the light of day…

  180. Anonymous

    It is another example of how our rights are being eroded by this type of legislation. Piece by piece our rights are being taken away.

  181. Jeffrey Meo

    What are you folks thinking? Why should these dirt bags be protected from Americans protesting, what happen to freedom of speech? Next this administration will be burning the constitution in Washington. They are now breaking promises to our military by planning to charge them for health care and reducing their retirement while they have full coverage and retirement after one term. Pay attention your rights are getting taken away daily. If you don't stand up for your right you and children will be slaves of this and future administrations. Also if you don't vote and keep illegals from voting you may lose that right also.

  182. Vanessa Chosewood

    what wam babies.. this country is screwed.. we all might as well live in Cuba or yes, like the guy Jason said, Germany.. Obama is the new generation of Hitler.. how do we get this evil guy out of this house.. how do the people take over.. I should be very careful of what I say since the NDAA can come for you.. what a joke.. how can the government be so damn stupid.. I wish I was rich so I could move away from this so called "FREE COUNTRY".

  183. Steven Paul Hawke

    openid should change his or her name> Not the same, are you kidding. Occuppy is about ending corruption… I do think her thinking is dangerous. Thankyou. Fear is the fruit of cowards, we were not created to be a cowardly country. WE THE PEOPLE are the government… that is why we refer to Presients and Mayors as public servants. The work for us.

  184. Mindy Addis

    If someone is peaceable expressing there opinion about the President or government they should should be able to. As long as there is no physical threat. Freedom of speech. Duh! Not freedom to do physical harm.

  185. Sarah Gee

    It's an obvious violation and infringement. There is no question about that. I wonder just how much the people of this country are going to take before they finally realize that freedom, democracy and the American way of life is heavily under attack by these vermin in our government? This is a very serious problem for Americans. There is an unmistakable advance of government into the private lives of Americans and it has been going on now for the last 30 years or so. We will be under marshal law soon. Watch.

  186. Mark Pounds Jr.

    Phillip Rehmann, You have NO idea how many times I've been called a racist for stating my opinions against Obama without ever saying anything racially objective. You're point is well taken by many, as is Ray's. Too many people are glued to the TV and don't realize they can look on the internet and see what our politicians are actually doing. To be honest, our country is in deep shit, and almost nobody realizes it!

  187. Mark Pounds Jr.

    Yeah, A party that follows the constitution to the T with no bullshit around the fringes. It's exactly what we need…

  188. Young Strong

    This move was spurred by the actions of the unions and the ows protesters as well as their supporters. Fighting and yelling foul when the protesters broke the law. So no you cannot break it willy nilly in the name of a demonstration that no one else wants. I do not care for the law I can understand its need.

  189. Luke Sagers

    ABSOLUTELY!! I mean this bill is tantamount to rounding up people based on their beliefs–and systematically torturing and killing them! I mean, who cares if the head of the executive branch of our government is moving through an area, and is considered a high risk target for an attack!? I need to jump the line and protest in his face! Otherwise, it's like we're under a fascist regime. This comment is NOT AT ALL a poorly informed exaggeration.

  190. Linda Tew

    First and foremost WE THE PEOPLE OWN THE WHITE HOUSE. HOW CAN YOU BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME FOR GOING ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY? We need to stand up and remind them that we are their boss not the other way around

  191. Crystal Marie Holden

    If I was old enough, I'd definitely run for president because Romney and Obama don't understand anything about the Constitution. I'd also get all the old incumbents out of office because they're part of the reason why these stupid laws that aren't even CONSTITUTIONAL keep getting passed. Because they don't understand the Constitution, how can they uphold it? Right?

    If they don't understand the Constitution why the hell did they want to be elected to be in Congress? On that's right, because they like to think they know what they're talking about and love to hear themselves talk. It frustrates me so, so much!

  192. Allan Secrest

    I think these jokers need to remember who they work for and who this "property" truly belongs to- the American People! Enough with the cult of personality and the "american aristocracy". Let's show them who's boss and kick them all out on their bums!

  193. Anonymous

    HE IS A TRAITOR.
    From NDAA onwards….

    THEY ALL ARE.
    BOTH PARTIES.

  194. Anonymous

    A Right is nothing more than the absence of a specific crime. It is not the guarantee to the fulfillment of a process or procedure. The only way persons right to protest can be violated is if they were charged with protesting. The protesters will be charged with trespassing which is not a violation of their right to protest because they were never charged with protesting. Rights are not immunity from prosecution, They are another bait and switch scheme perpetrated by propaganda. The word word Right as in Judicial right is unqualified, that means it don't have a meaning of it's own therefore open to interpretation. A Right isn't an is but what something can be. Rights are a sham.

  195. Anonymous

    They can keep telling themselves that they are taking away America's liberties. Truth is, as long as we continue to fight for our second amendment right, they can't really take any amendments away from us. They will keep trying, but they will continue failing.

  196. Anonymous

    this closet muslim barack hussein obama is nothing but a sad joker.

  197. Ed Leicht

    Take away the people's 1st amendment rights and watch how fast they exercise their 2nd amendment rights!

  198. Ed Leicht

    Pete Schaefer I'm sure the ones you listed would do a hell of a lot better than the muslim king is doing.

  199. Anonymous

    Come on people! Please put aside party affiliation and vote this guy out before we get any more unrecognizable as the worlds freedom leaders!

  200. Jeffrey Dawes

    When the Government begins to set laws that create bias, such as HR347, to keep people from being able to show their displeasure in the way things are being run, then it is our responsibility to challenge such laws. This bill, is nothing but a smoke screen to keep those whom protest legally, even "OCCUPY", from being able to protest the premise or even the speech for which said individual would have shared. THere doesn't have to be a house bill to make jumping the Whitehouse fence a federal crime. Whether it is a felony or federal crime doesn't matter, how many times in the 2 plus centuries we have had the white house, has someone done that? This is another attempt at Government to baffle with bullshit and pull the wool over the sheeps eyes. I for one think we as a people whom are tired of this, should stand against tyranny, even if it means another revolution!

  201. Dee Tap

    The government said social security numbers would never be used as identification when it was implemented. The government said the Rico Act would never be used against individuals, only drug kingpins. The government said the Patriot Act would not be used against American citizens. Income taxes were never voted on to be implemented. The Government lies. Give them an inch and they take a 100 miles.

  202. Sean Fischer Northrup

    Obama is a dictator!!! Yes e is our president but he is making "friends" with our enemies and enemies with our friends. He needs to die… This act violates our freedom and is not right.

  203. Tyler Roi Stauffer

    So unconstitutional! We have our right of expression!

  204. Tyler Roi Stauffer

    So unconstitutional! We have our right of expression!

  205. Edwin Hotchkiss

    "It cant happen in America!". I have heard that line so many times in my 59 years. As Americans we tend to be complacent.Also (myself included..shame on me) think what happend in for instance , Gremany in the mid 20th century cant happen in the USA. Well who is going to stop it? The government! That's us, WE THE PEOPLE, or that's the way its supposed to be. Chip-Chiping away our Constitution and Bill of Rights.Pass the RICO Act to go after organized crime, pass the Patriot Act to go after terrorist , but now you or me can be on the bad end of these…ACTS! Its up to the people to inform our representitives "Hey that ain't' right and we don't want it or need it EVER!" But if ya' going to get locked up for speaking your mind, then maybe its time we take Thomas Jeffersons advice….About cleaning house every 10 years or so, FEAR! I am not going to correctly get Brn Franklins quote, but the jist is "If you give up any of your rights because of fear , than you don't deserve the right in the 1st place" WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS DEMAND OUR REPRESENTITIVES STOP PLAYING PARTY POLITICS AND GET TOGETHER AND GET SOME POSITVE RESULTS FOR THIER BOSSES…..THAT WOULD BE "WE THE PEOPLE'' HOPE I M MAKI' SENSE, GOT SO MUCH TO SAYABOUT THIS COUNTRY I LOVE. I WILL BE BACK WHEN I CALM DOWN AND COMMENT ON ONE ISSUE AT TIME…..UNTILL THEN REMEMBER 'we will defend our country with our LIVES, FORTUNES AND SACERED HONOR'THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

  206. Debbie Horn

    Totally agree with you Eddie ! Obama did this because he is a socialist and this I'd one of the first serious loss of our freedom of speech! Unfortunately hardly anyone is standing up to him! Maybe the time is here to start that conversation and protest it to congress!

  207. Edwin Hotchkiss

    what i relly mean to say is the dems and republicans have to stop this immature infighting and disagreeing just because of what party thier in. Its time they do the job we sent them there to do ,and that job is reaching across party lines and doing whats right for us,THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!!

  208. Patrick Black

    At the risk of reviving a dead thread, this is a pretty significant infringement, potentially, on first amendment rights. In taking a look at the actual law a couple things stand out.
    Who can be arrested? Anyone who is standing around, or as the statute says – "knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so".
    What is the penalty? Assuming you are just standing around, a fine and/or up to one year in jail.
    What exactly is a restricted building or grounds? Pretty much any place anyone who is protected by the Secret Service is or will be. As the law says "means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area… of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting".
    Who might these "other persons" be? According to the Secret Service website this includes the Vice President and family, president elect, vice president elect and their families, major presidential candidates (4 months out from the general election), visiting heads of state, distinguished foreign visitors, and pretty much anyone the president wants to extend protection to.
    So pretty much any person in any place could potentially be arrested under this law.

  209. Andrew Fullerton

    We shall never be free until we begin to think and act for ourselves.

    In the words of a martyr: "There are no liberators; the people must liberate themselves."

  210. Prince Ly Squisher

    In addition to the obvious 1st Amendment issues, this bothers me:

    “ 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 its illegal.”.

    Many, many laws have such a clause and various administrations, Congresses, and Supreme Court justices have codified it into law that Americans may be prosecuted for actions which had no INTENT of being against the law. In some instances, a defendant is even barred from making the argument in his or her defense that they had no intention of violating the law nor a reason to believe they were. This very concept flies in the face of everything America was built on and stood for for 200 years.

  211. Prince Ly Squisher

    In addition to the obvious 1st Amendment issues, this bothers me:

    “ 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 its illegal.”.

    Many, many laws have such a clause and various administrations, Congresses, and Supreme Court justices have codified it into law that Americans may be prosecuted for actions which had no INTENT of being against the law. In some instances, a defendant is even barred from making the argument in his or her defense that they had no intention of violating the law nor a reason to believe they were. This very concept flies in the face of everything America was built on and stood for for 200 years.

  212. Neel Gause

    let's see, I am mad Texans because they did not support my campaign, so I will say I plan to visit various areas of Texas, then the secret service can visit and arrest anyone that goes where I plan to go….. HA HA HA. I will disrupt their sales……. teach them a lesson….HA HA HA.

  213. Shonda Robinson Kellams

    The Bill of Rights says that we will always retain the right to say what we want, print what we want, assemble peacefully, and tell the government when we disagree and would like them to reconsider. I believe that is what we are doing here, isn't it? The citizens of the United States have been protesting, speaking and writing what they wish about HR 347, and asking the President to reconsider since the moment he signed the bill.
    Nothing has changed in regards to The Bill of Rights or our freedom of speech. The Secret Service has always closed off certain areas to the general public to protect our officials. That is their job description. The President did not take away anyone's freedom of speech, he essentially said that freedom must be exercised in an area not blocked off by the Secret Service. Well him and 399 members of the House.
    How about we just blame him though. After all it is not like our government was set up in any way which, I don't know, provided some kind of checks and balances so that one man could not simply take over.

  214. Karen Buterbaugh

    The Secret Service……well they certainly showed the American public what kind of protectors they are……protecting prostitutes.

  215. Stephen Mattison

    The new law does not take away people's right to protest. It is a modification to an already existing law that now restricts people from entering or blocking public areas that have been closed off by Secret Service while a person under their protection is passing through. It was enacted to assist the secret service in doing their jobs more safely. The modification passed the House with a vote of 399-3. Amazingly something both parties agreed upon.

  216. Eugene Davis

    The only way the fight against government is in mass, we need to demonstrate as a whole our frustration's. It's our RIGHT as American people to address government, our rights have been impeded long enough. The government is for the people, not the other way around, and it's time the proverbial "big brother" realizes Americans will not stand for the injustices it has bestowed upon the people Any longer. Together is the only way there will be change.

  217. Jessica Lane

    This is ABSOLUTELY an abridgment of freedom of speech being covered up by saying it is.
    "protection" for the president. Presidents are always subject to getting heckled off the stage… according to the Constitution THAT IS OUR RIGHT. I hope we get back to the constitution. It is a slippery slope when you start to make laws like this… It needs to be repealed.

  218. Jessica Lane

    This is ABSOLUTELY an abridgment of freedom of speech being covered up by saying it is.
    "protection" for the president. Presidents are always subject to getting heckled off the stage… according to the Constitution THAT IS OUR RIGHT. I hope we get back to the constitution. It is a slippery slope when you start to make laws like this… It needs to be repealed.

  219. Leon Tuthill

    Its great to sit here and blabber agreeingly that it destroys our rights… I wonder how many of you actually care enough to do something about it.

  220. Leon Tuthill

    Its great to sit here and blabber agreeingly that it destroys our rights… I wonder how many of you actually care enough to do something about it.

  221. Celia Batte

    Our rights are slowly, but surely being taken from us and it is time that we stand in unity and stop this process!
    It is not an issue of parties, but of Govt. dividing people so that we fall. Do not let this happen, Please.

  222. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    It´s great. When you have an issue against a local government, and you need protection at Federal level. Local government controls local mafias and then people can put you in danger. Especially when in places like Texas, people are carrying electromagnetic weapons and using blackberries to track you invading your private life. If you are writing against a local authority and you have the facts, you should have more freedom than the local authorities corrupted. I have a case in San Antonio, TX like this case, and I hope they can give me a break with this law.

  223. Kathy Rose

    So let boarder jumpers get away with breaking the law but don't disagree with big goverment or we will put you in jail or one of the many fusion centers they have set up accross the country to keep us in line.Sounds like Natz Germany.

  224. Michael W Bryson

    FUCK THE SPELLING. THERE CLOSING MORE SCHOOLS BUILDING MORE PRISONS. SMULLING MORE DRUGS IN PUTTING MORE PEOPLE IN JAIL ANDWERE ALL FOOLED. ..FEMA TRAINS ARE GONNA BE ON THERE WAY SOON. SETTING UP TROOPS IN ALL THE CITYS ACROSS AMERICA.. NDAA IMPRISON INDEFINETLY ON SUSPICION. NO TRAIL LAWYER NO BAIL. PREDATOR DRONES IN THE SKYS PATROLING THE SKYS ILLEGAL TO PROTEST USEING FUTURISTIC WEPONS ON THE PEOPLE BIOTEC WEAPONS CHEM TRAILS HAARP CAUSING EARTHQUAKES NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE JAPAN. BP OIL SPILL KILLING ALL THE SEA FOOD ON THAT SIDE .OVER HERE IS THE RADIATION FROMFUKISHIMA JAPAN THERE NOT TELLING US ABOUT.10 TIMES OVER THE SAFE LIMIT. 911 INSIDE JOB U JENNIFER SHOULD REALIZE WERE ALL GONNA BE SO TERRIFIED OF THE HOOROR AND DIFFERENT TYPS OF KOAS THATS GONNA HIT US. KILLING 85 PERCENT OF THE AMERICANS LIKE THE NAZIS SOON. ITS LEGAL. NOTHING THAT CAN MAKE ILLEGAL U FUCKAN PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP

  225. Michael W Bryson

    Laurie Murray UR STUPID FOR THAT .WERE ALL ABOUT TO SEE REAL TERROR UNLEASHED ON US BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT.WATCH AND YOULL KNOW .THESE ARE STEPPS THAT HAVE BEEN PAVED FOT THE COUNTRY TO GO UNDER MARSHALL LAW. SOON WE WONT HAVE RIGHTS AND WILL BE GATHERED UP LIKE JEWS TAKING US TO SECRET PRISONS RUNNING TESTS ON OS LIKE MONKEYS. BY THE WAY READ UP ON THE MOST CORRUPT THING U CAN TYPE IT WILL BE DOCUMETATED.

  226. Sadot Martinez

    If people stand united during protests, no matter what this piece of shit bill signed by that (no offense to black brethren) nigger Hitler says, there can be little to nothing the government can do to a crowd standing as one. People must not EVER forget what Thomas Jefferson said: "When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

  227. Jerry McDonough

    Money is speech, but if a PERSON uses their right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” it is a felony.

  228. Edwin Hotchkiss

    I dont know and have never been to Buteras resturant!!!!have no opiniun good or bad about it!!!!how did it get listed on my recent activity thing?MMMMNNNN!!!!!do you know?

  229. Acronym TheRapper

    I could sound pretentious and use a lot of multi-syllable words, but fuck it. You don't have to be over-educated to know that this is oppression. This is wrong. I'd rather die than see what this country becomes.

  230. Joan Patson

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  231. Michaël Mulder

    There are more of us than there are of them…and yet this continues….yeah, let's go ahead and continue to be complacent folks…just git on th lil trains, and go undress in th big ol warehouse….they ain't a going to hurt ya. They jus want ya to shower…and nooooooooooooo that big ol room ain't got no gas to kill ya. So just step on inside…..WHATEVER! Bet all those in th Nazi death camps wish they had started their revolt over lil things like the TSA insteaD OF WINDING UP GASSED TO DEATH!

  232. Max Fenris

    HAHA!
    Obama just made it illegal to protest the government.
    Fuck you Occupy Wallstreet hipsters, you voted for him, haha. God bless multiculturalism!

  233. Spencer Quimby

    This is the latest in a shameful streak of laws including the rider on the DOD authorization act that have been passed recently that blatantly violate civil liberties of citizens of the United States. As the article above mentions, the first amendment of the constitution clearly prohibits any law from being passed that in any way interferes with the publics freedom of assembly or speech. Basically meaning you can say what you want, ANYWHERE you want to. Why is it that this congress is so keen to silence the occupy movement, ask yourself that. They are peacefully protesting and expressing their opinion which they have every right to do. This doesn't just affect them either, this infringes on the rights of every American and it's time we put a stop to it and other laws that were passed supposedly for our protection. Which is of course what they would say.

  234. Patrick Rankin

    Obviously, this "man" needs to go, talk about a freaking coward. Afraid that "WE THE PEOPLE" might use our voices to get his sorry azz out of power are ya Obama? Jerk!

  235. Victory For Animals

    If this is such an unimportant bill then why write it in the first place? It is like the Obama care.
    "plan." If it is so good, then why are the President and members of Congress, and I believe other federal workers excluded from it?

  236. Victory For Animals

    If this is such an unimportant bill then why write it in the first place? It is like the Obama care.
    "plan." If it is so good, then why are the President and members of Congress, and I believe other federal workers excluded from it?

  237. Victory For Animals

    If this is such an unimportant bill then why write it in the first place? It is like the Obama care.
    "plan." If it is so good, then why are the President and members of Congress, and I believe other federal workers excluded from it?

  238. Robert Stone

    All I can say is FU Obama! You are a fascist pig! This is one more step towards destroying our Constitution. I hope all of the idiots that voted for this a-hole are happy with his idea of change! Enjoy your food stamps and government cheese!

  239. Levi William Attebery

    I see nothing wrong with this bill. I have read both this one and the one it adds upon. Your right to peacably assemble comes after theirs and your right to life. Unfortunately there are many stupid people that use protests to cause anarchy and chaos and then use that to assassinate those people in authority. All this bill does is provide means for the upholding of the first amendment in regard to their life and liberty. I don't much care for Obama or this Government but I see nothing wrong with this bill. It is the horribly evil people that they are afraid of and we should be too. I'm not saying I support Obama or that they are not horribly Evil themselves, however, I'm saying that what comes first is the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Then the right to peacably assemble.

  240. Cayce Awakening

    And if one's life, one's pursuit of happiness, leads them to the calling of assembling and protesting at a campaign speech? What then? They deserve indefinite detention in a military prison? Simply for disagreeing and being called to announce that disagreement to the one with whom the disagreement is met?

    Truth, everlasting, needs no defense. It needs no "protective" laws. Any law passed in honor of "protection" is really a rights-raper in disguise. There is no enemy except that which the laws have fictitiously created. Can you not see? Laws are MADE to be broken. That is, laws exist solely to fill prisons. We all are born with His laws built-in. We gradually unlearn all of His laws in the re-education camps called schools, only to replace His laws with man-made laws based in greed.

    What's needed in this time IS a bit, a tintsy splash, of anarchy. Some disturbance to muck-up the film that has gradually sullied the surface of a crystal-clear pond. Then, once the disturbance has faded, clarity returns. No death, no oppression, no harm. Just beautifully-prophetic anarchy.
    Of course, you , and most, cannot see this. Fear has consumed you. Let it go. Embrace Hope. Shun this four-letter F-word, and move on to five: Faith.
    Truly, let go of fear. It is false. It is deceitful. It is finite.

  241. James Jones

    It is a violation of the 1st Amendment and as most bogus laws passed at the Federal legal will expand into more abuse of Americans freedoms if allowed to stand. Obama is a Marxist and wants everyone in America into socialism

  242. Levi William Attebery

    Heavenly Father is not and never was a God of anarchy. Listen to the Prophet of our day Thomas S. Monson. Hear what he has to say and therefore what God has to say. You must pray humbly to God, and if you feel you don't have to then you are deceived. But I do have faith my ignorant brother. I have faith in God and his power. I have faith that while things are truly bad they are not and never will be beyond hope. Jesus Christ will come and claim his rightful place and remove this government, or any that you are anyone else hopes to set up, and set up his own. One of righteousness and perfection with him as our ruler. I have faith. Anarchy will never serve God. It only serves the liars and thieves. In short it only serves Satan himself. We must restore order. The chaos has already begun and we must bring the government to form and revive the constitution and REMOVE the anarchy within our government. They have run too long without reins. Too long without order and construction and rules. We the people have let them run free and it is our duty now to rein them in. Remove their falsely acquired power. Bring them back under the power and guidance of the PEOPLE!

  243. Cayce Awakening

    Was Jesus not embracing a form of anarchy by casting the merchants out of the temple? It is unfortunate that such a useful term has been sullied and misunderstood.

    Besides that point, how is this, or any law like it, a law from a government that is under guidance of the people? How can a system be powered by the people yet fear those people at the same time?

    It is fear that does not serve God. Only through Love can we Truly Serve. Love does not oppress. Fear does that.

  244. Levi William Attebery

    I am so sorry that you have been so deceived. No Casey it was not a form of anarchy. It was a removal of anarchy and a restoration to order. A cleansing of the temple from people who sought chaos and disorder.

  245. Cayce Awakening

    Was His act not one of force? A forced cleansing against the values of the status quo? What, then, is your definition of anarchy? This is my point exactly. I feel that the current understanding and definition of anarchy has been perverted. Any act of rebellion, of revolution, or of cleansing that is performed against the established system is what I call anarchy. Unfortunately today, anarchy has been used to define what should be more appropriately labeled as political atheism. The anarchy I am talking about is the term used to describe disruption, turbulence, confusion, disorder. According to this (more accurate) definition of anarchy (found in the dictionary), we can witness Jesus' actions as those of anarchy. He brought turbulence to the system. He brought disorder to the disorder.

    Forced cleansing IS anarchy, that is, it is turbulence to the status quo.

    Remember, words have multiple meanings. It is the context in which they are used that we find that meaning. It is important to remember this. For example: I could not bear the wait.

    In this light, I repeat, what is needed is a form of anarchy. A form of disturbance to the system. The perverted, oppressive, greedy system.

    Isn't disorder of disorder order?

  246. Levi William Attebery

    Like I said I am so sorry that Satan has such a hold on your heart. He is the master of lies and deceit. Read the scriptures. All of them. God is a god of order. Perfect order. Satan wants disorder and Chaos. No he did not use disorder to drive them out. He took the time to fashion a rope and then in a very orderly manner drove them out like the dogs they were for disgracing the temple. The money changers crept into the temple and the High Priests were to afraid to do anything to keep them away. this was not "status quo" this was a return to it. A return to order using order. A return to law using the authority of the law. And no it is not. Take a ton of pennies and stack them up in neat piles of ten. Then disorder them. How does one bring them back to order? Through an orderly process of stacking them again. You will never realistically from order by continuing to disorder the pennies. What is needed is a orderly Declaration of Independence just like our forefathers did when under an oppressive government. Always continuing to pursue order even while the other parties invoke disorder. God is Love and Order. Justice and Law. Satan is Chaos and Anarchy.

  247. Robert Mizell

    remember folks this was passed by all political parties, as long as you are outside the boundaries you can protest all you want.but I think it can be abused by the secret service(president OR others under their protection). here is the scenario:i am in a coffee shop , exit said coffee shop and unknowingly step in to a zone(i have a concealed self defense weapons permit), the president steps out of his limo to get a cup of coffee, walks by me, shakes my hand, a secret service agent notices a bulge in my coat, bumps me, feels the weapon. am I now in violation of the law? I think so because the law is so vague.

  248. Robert Mizell

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    H.R.347 — Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] – ENR).

    –H.R.347–

    H.R.347

    One Hundred Twelfth Congress.

    of the

    United States of America.

    AT THE SECOND SESSION.
    Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

    the third day of January, two thousand and twelve.

    An Act

    To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011'.
    SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS.
    Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
    -`Sec. 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–
    `(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.'.
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  249. Cayce Awakening

    Reading the scriptures always verifies truth, for in Matthew 10:34 we see that Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's enemies will be the members of his household."

    Matthew 15:11 is as equally important, given the circumstances.

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  250. Tonya Sue Huff Berry

    So far this week over 50 Christians have been arrested for kneeling and praying in front of the White House.

  251. Anonymous

    Read the Bill. It say "unauthorized person." when someone attempts to or successfully.
    trespasses…," that means trespassers, not the general public.

  252. Levi William Attebery

    what is meant by this is that he knew the diciples would encounter people who would be content with what they thought was the truth. That when they came to them with the truth that a few would accept it and the others would turn agaist them. But to hold strong. Because giving themthe true gospel is more imporant than family. He is the "Prince of Peace". Whoso bevieveth in him shall find peace in his heart. He wil not find peace in this world however. The people of the world will fight him and try to destroy him to keep him from spreading the truth. Even his own household will fight against him. This is what Christ was trying to prepare his apostoles for before he sent them out to the Jews to preach.

  253. JamesWorldwide GreatHabu Britton

    So let me get this right… You all think this law is BS Correct? Well as usual you all are reading into something that you are not knowledgeable about, Trust me I know and I'm not going to go into how I know just rest assured that this law doenst forbid demonstrations, it forbids demonstrating to block peoples entrance into a federal facility, it blocks bone headed tea baggers from showing and being directly into a rally carrying weapons, are anyone else. This is a security measure to protect officials from I don't know…..shooting congressional senate officials and more importantly the POTUS and VPOTUS. So keep bumping your gums about issues you have no clue about or the understanding. And quit talking about a dictatorship, you idiots never cease to fail to amaze me with your stupidity. None of you have any clue on what socialist is compared to socialism, no clue about communism, fascism and any other kinds of ism. Trust me folks, reading is fundamental. Breach of the Bill Of Rights. "You been listening the likes of Ms the british warned the british that the british are coming".

  254. Heather Nicole Mattingly

    An egregious breach of our First Amendment Rights. Democrats, wake up please, now or there might not be a tomorrow to save.

  255. Mike Jones

    I don't want to learn German… Can people start forcing their friends to wake up, like now?

  256. Lesley Smith

    yeah so what is anyone going to do about it? We can all sit and agree its wrong so now what? nothing.. we aren't going to do anything… He is going to continue to be the dictator of this America and we are going to be done in..

  257. Malcolm Roberts

    Freedom is always lost in memory, when the citizen duty to it's nation has been substituted with consumerism.Patriots die in combat an civilians assemble peacefully and demand change from it's Democratic governance.As a nation we suppose to move forward, by protecting the laws of it's citizens against a giant government.If it is not checked this country will become like the nations we go to war for in the name of LIBERATION. LYFEIZTOOSLIMM@GMAIL.COM

  258. Tam Nguyen

    And so be it. But there are others who had been watching our government for many years and will make their move if things get out of hand. Whatever happened to the check and balances of power like we were taught in school? Don't you remember the US Government classes you've took in HS?

  259. Ted Larson

    It is indeed a sad day when presidents can arbitrarily trash the Constitution and the citizens either cannot or do not want to see it and when they do, they are so trusting of the "elected" officials that they have become totally apathetic to the treason being committed.

  260. Amy Merrick

    I'm beginning to wonder if Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln, who WERE assassinated, had been this paranoid while alive. Sounds to me like Obama and the members of Congress have become paranoid and fearful of the American people. If they are, then that is more than sufficient reason to me to replace them all.

  261. David Hutchins

    He sure is taking a lot of steps to protect his self, he must be planning to piss a bunch of people off.

  262. Randy Skipper

    They're just afraid someone will get too close, shout out the truth, and tell them what they deserve to hear!

  263. Alexander Scipio

    It's a straight-up violation of the First Amendment. NDAA violated the 4th. Droning violates the 5th & 14th. DREAM violates Separation of Powers (as does his stance not to enforce DOMA because he doesn't like it – he lacks that authority)

  264. Tyler Suehr

    H.R. 347 is unconstitutional and completely ludicrous. Tom Rooney is a complete fucking brainless idiot for sponsoring such an unconstitutional and preposterous law. I thought I was worried about my guns being taken away, I guess now I have to worry about my Freedom of Speech and other Freedoms being impaired! The government needs absolutely no more protection than it already has; it is one of the most protected things in our country right now… it's We The People that need more protection. Obama is a Socialist that is trying to make We The People dependent upon the government for money, and an incongruous piece of shit. Obama being voted in again lead us to no avail. He is breaking all of Us by slowly taking away our personal Freedoms. People like President Obama and Tom Rooney are destroying the best country there ever was, The United States of America! So heed my advice, now's the time We The People need to look into ourselves and find the nationalism and patriotism we had during the 1930's to rise from this economic slum and impeach the people preventing (Mr. Obama…) this incredible country from, once again, being the wonderful and prosperous country that We once had.

  265. David Castro

    maybe if Everyone in the Occupy movement didn't act like a FUCKING IDIOT and destroy the city and get arrested than the government wouldn't have a reason to propagate this bill. Take a Lesson from MLK and Ghandi you pretentious idiotic youth of the 21st century.

  266. Sean Michael Murray

    If you read over the HR 347, you see that the bill specifically isolates the illegality of disrupting the day to day mechanisms of government, or as the bill describes it, "knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions,".

    It is key to point out that our right to freedom of speech and peacefully assemble remains intact, so long as the application of the two remain as a form of representation. If you want to take it a step further, you could argue the conceived purpose in phrasing the term "peacefully assemble" alludes to the necessity of representation of collective discontent to then be applied in the democratic process of reform.

    Clearly the bill is being taking out of context, but at the same time I can see how the bill impedes upon the method of dramatic action as a form of representation to inspire sympathizers. As an avid Occupy Wall St. protester during its occupation of Zuccotti Park, I understand that this law will alter the nature of future protesting, and I'm not saying that I completely agree with the law and its disallowing accessibility of freedom of speech and peaceful assemble as productive catalysts to reform. That being said, there must be some form legislative protection and safety for government officials and the consistency of their day to day operations (whether those actions are agreed upon by the public or not).

  267. Tim Winkelman

    This bill makes no difference about anything. With modern weapons, it is possible to take out any person that the SS is protecting up to 3900 meters in the open, or 1500 meters in a "bullet proof" vehicle or room at any time. obama is just concerened for his personal survivial.

  268. Jj Salow

    How many of you would actually go protest something near something that would break this law? A handful maybe. So don't act like your rights are being stripped from you when you're not even exercising them.

  269. Michael Schafers

    The founding father's. Never imagined a line if protesters blocking off streets and building just cuz they were butthurt about a new law. Freedom of assembly is not freedom to be a asshole. Go cry moar America.

  270. Michael Van Beek

    Question is, at what point does fear outweigh freedom? It's a slippery slope.

  271. Kyle McCullough

    I'm almost pretty sure that if it wasnt for the fact anyone trying to jump the white house fence would spend life in federal Prison or be shot on sight there would have been alot more Assassinated Presidents, I think someone is talking out there ass here.