It’s official. The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 now outlaws “Occupy Wall Street”-type protests anywhere in the USA.
The bill was introduced on 19 Jan 2011 by Jewish Rep. Ted Deutch [D-FL]. It never had any co-sponsors, and sat gathering dust until the Occupy Wall Street people appeared across the USA. Then Washington moved quickly before media sources knew what was happening.
On 6 Feb 2012 the bill sailed through the Senate. On 28 Feb 2012 it sailed through the House 399-3. On 8 Mar 2012 Obama signed it into law.
All three NO votes in the House were from Republicans, including Ron Paul. All Democrats supported it, showing once again that there is no difference between the parties.
The bill makes it illegal to enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions. Nor may anyone engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct anywhere near said buildings or grounds.
>>The penalty is 10 years in prison, plus a fine.
The bill does not define “impeding or disrupting the orderly conduct of government business or official functions.”
Thus, any activity no matter how benign or low-key is included. Taking photos and videotaping police brutality is outlawed, since any place close enough to get an image is now “restricted grounds.”
It does not define “government business” or “official function.”
It does not say how near one has to be to a government building to be in violation. Thus, anywhere inside the USA will do.
The bill originally said a person must have entered the area “knowingly” and “willfully.” “Willfully” was then dropped, so you now face ten years for remaining in a restricted area even if you do not know that it’s illegal for you to be there.
You also face 10 years if you protest anywhere near, say, a G20 summit or a NATO meeting, or near a US politician or candidate, or anywhere near a foreign official, such as an Israeli butcher.
Before this, trespassing on White House grounds was a misdemeanor. Now it’s a major felony.
Any building or grounds where a politician or candidate is visiting — even for lunch or a brief meeting—is now covered, whether or not there has been a public notification. So you face ten years for protesting on a street outside of an event hosting a politicians, even if you do not know the politician is present.
>>SO MUCH FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY.
Presumably you face ten years for wearing a Ron Paul tee-shirt at a Rick Santorum rally, since a tee-shirt is “disruptive.