Last night I have to admit I was a little surprised when I learned that HR 347 had quietly passed both the House and Senate known as, “ The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”. Somehow, and not by accident in this American Democracy which was born out of protest and civil disobedience, and in which the People through that process have struggled to obtain resolution to both majority and minority grievance’s and civil rights issues, this legislation is making an insidious path to the President’s desk for his signature.
Under this Act, the government is given the power to bring federal charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country. The broad scope of the language is such that in many ways we will have lost the right to assemble and peacefully protest at political and nonpolitical events.
Under the new law prosecutors can charge anyone who knowingly or unknowingly enters a building, site, or grounds without permission and/or with the intent to disrupt or who accidentally disrupts a government function with a federal offense if the Secret Service is on the scene. Who knows what government official will be at any event, and whether that official will be under the supervision of the Secret Service, and who knows if one might show up.
This law is one more step to keep the people at arm’s length from the government, and may be another assault on their freedom and civil rights like NDAA and others. President Obama is a Constitutional Lawyer, he signed that bill with regrets, but he signed it, the question is will he take the next step of “Separation of People and Government “.