Those in power should remember that all the laws they enact to protect themselves can also be used by their political opposition. In 2012 Obama signed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, also known as the Trespass Bill (HR 347) after it was passed with unanimous consent by the Senate. The law gives the Secret Service the ability to arrest anyone who “engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct” such as protesting in the presence of any person under the protection of the Secret Service. As the front runner in a Presidential primary Donald Trump now has Secret Service protection and is now covered under HR 347.
In the past week protesters have over run a Trump rally in Chicago causing the rally to be shut down due to security concerns and we also saw a protester rush the stage while Trump was giving a speech causing the Secret Service to tackle the protester and surround Trump to protect him. The protester Thomas DiMassimo, was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic by local officials. If Donald Trump chose to pursue charges against any of these protesters he could have them facing a potential prison term of 1 to 10 years.
“Current law makes it illegal to enter or remain in an area where certain government officials (more particularly, those with Secret Service protection) will be visiting temporarily if and only if the person knows it’s illegal to enter the restricted area but does so anyway. The bill (HR 347) expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.” – Will Adams, the deputy chief of staff for Congressman Amash – 2012
HR 347 also gives the Secret Service sole discretion to determine the perimeter of the event they are protecting. If they decide the person under their protection needs one mile of protection, any one protesting or causing a disturbance in that radius is now committing a felony by being in a no 1st Amendment zone.
As the media continues to glorify the protest and disruptions of Trump rallies, the agitators are sure to persist and grow in strength. I just hope the media knows they are encouraging an illegal activity, and I wonder if a right-winger was to rush the stage while Obama was talking if the media would then go interview that person as a hero or a criminal.
We at Don’t Comply opposed this legislation when it passed in 2012 as it gave Obama the ability to move any protesters far away from whatever location he may be at and let Secret Service place hidden from sight Free Speech Zones. You could then be arrested for protesting in an unapproved area. All those members of top Government that wanted this protection now have to respect that it also protects Mr. Trump.
By Phoenix Horton – DontComply.com
Phoenix is the Co-Founder of DontComply.com, ComeAndTakeItAmerica.com, and host of the Don't Comply Radio Show.
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