RT.com reports- "Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.
RT broke the news last month that H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, had overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representatives after only three lawmakers voted against it. On Thursday this week, President Obama inked his name to the legislation and authorized the government to start enforcing a law that has many Americans concerned over how the bill could bury the rights to assemble and protest as guaranteed in the US Constitution.
Under H.R. 347, which has more commonly been labeled the Trespass Bill by Congress, knowingly entering a restricted area that is under the jurisdiction of Secret Service protection can garner an arrest. The law is actually only a slight change to earlier legislation that made it an offense to knowingly and willfully commit such a crime.
Under the Trespass Bill’s latest language chance, however, someone could end up in law enforcement custody for entering an area that they don’t realize is Secret Service protected and “engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct” or “impede[s] or disrupt[s] the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”
The Secret Service serves as the police that protects not just current and former American presidents, but are also dispatched to monitor special events of national significance, a category with a broad cast of qualifiers. In the past, sporting events, state funerals, inaugural addresses and NATO and G-8 Summits have been designated as such by the US Department of Homeland Security, the division that decides when and where the Secret Service are needed outside of their normal coverage....
Read full article here:http://rt.com/usa/trespass-bill-obama-secret-227/
Food for thought: Before another "anti-Obama" critic continue to attack the President for his support of this bill, I encourage you to read the bill in its entirety.
You can do so here:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr347enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr347enr.pdf
As a former military officer I support this bill 100%, you cannot interfere with "official government business", in my view it poses a threat to our national security! With so many foreigners living in our country, as evident with the recent bombing incident in Boston, who's to say the ulterior motive of some the protesters.
Recently members of our elected Congress have been exposed for their lies, deceit and corruption but YOU (voting citizens) continue to cast your votes to keep them in office, so why are you blaming the President for their dishonesty. His support for this bill is to ensure the safety and security of his administrative staff members and it is his job as President of the United States to do so. Therefore, I encourage YOU (voting citizens) to start holding your Congressional officials accountable for their actions and VOTE them OUT of office instead of gathering in protest outside federal building, this is for your own safety.