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Congress Criminalizes Occupy Protests

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A bill passed this week by both Houses of Congress will make it a felony punishable by lengthy prison terms to participate in many forms of protest associated with the OWS protests of last year. Several commentators have dubbed it the 'anti-Occupy' law, but its implications are far broader. The bill--H.R. 347, or the 'Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011'--was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, with only Ron Paul and 2 other Republicans dissenting in the House. Not a single Democrat voted against it. Among the central provisions of HR 347 is a section that will make it a criminal offense to 'enter or remain in' an area designated as 'restricted' - a word defined in extremely vague and broad terms. D's and R's stand shoulder to shoulder FOR the banks and AGAINST the 99%.

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...is the fact that I had to read about it on the ... by Josh Mitteldorf on Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 at 2:40:26 PM
impossible, make violent revolution inevitable." A... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 at 4:05:50 PM
Veteran who they know is right and will kick their... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 at 4:29:04 PM
 We need more people like this.... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 at 5:22:50 PM
When the penalties imposed for peaceful protest ar... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 8:25:59 AM
What has Mr. Sanders accomplished in any of these ... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 10:58:00 PM
one of the best and brightest, fulfilling his duti... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 6:58:49 AM
This is why I believe in Occupy. The courts have o... by Steven G. Erickson on Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 at 6:11:00 PM
Which I see as fundamentally good. One can still d... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 at 6:54:16 PM
They must have had a reserve supply of s**t stored... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 8:30:02 AM
this is them sticking out their tongues at the upp... by zon moy on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 6:16:59 PM
result in extreme reactions.  Ultimately, if ... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 1:15:56 AM
active personnel in the Armed Services, according ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 3:14:12 PM
The more arrests on this new FEDERAL law the bette... by steve windisch on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 9:41:23 AM
Are you willing to go out and be arrested?Have you... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 9:46:58 AM
     Paying a fine means you w... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:38:26 AM
as "symbolic" rather than actually accomplishing a... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 6:05:47 PM
Given the writer's assertion of a media conspiracy... by Sherwin Steffin on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 8:08:09 PM
I am not answering anything from you. You sir, are... by steve windisch on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:33:06 AM
Just one step closer..... and all while American s... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:18:23 AM
What happened to that quaint little Amendment to t... by mrk * on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 1:01:34 PM
The law  is targeting  young people, tho... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 4:35:51 PM
Most of "The parents", are sitting quietly at home... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 10:55:12 PM
Nearly every politician will stay with the 'Ship o... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:04:06 PM
"D's and R's stand shoulder to shoulder FOR the ba... by Rixar13 on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 5:26:55 PM
"D's and R's stand shoulder to shoulder FOR the ba... by Rixar13 on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 5:27:11 PM
including your life. And I'm not advocating martyd... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 10:39:41 PM
another conspiracy theory running around...... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:28:32 PM
Thanks for a brief outburst. It reminds me why I d... by Mike Preston on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:36:56 PM
their bets by retaining their US citizenship, just... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 at 11:52:38 PM
and how that comment applies to this discussion is... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 1:05:15 AM
The Federal Bureau of Prisons / US DOJ have long h... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 3:23:53 AM
The article is not about  FEMA camps. It is a... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:18:03 AM
If the system worked, this law would be shot down ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 10:35:40 AM
as we all understand it, we should also know what... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:11:03 PM
It is true that most of us are passive observers a... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:43:43 PM
If a Congress Member violates solemn oath, and pai... by John Jonik on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 5:48:43 PM
Much as you may be very unhappy with this legislat... by Sherwin Steffin on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 7:15:32 PM
we have Dean of Massachusetts  School of Law ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 7:25:58 PM
.... of those who are intellectually incompetent, ... by Sherwin Steffin on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 8:38:54 PM
We may have a Senator submitting articles here (or... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:00:59 PM
1. I would advise (Sorry, Sherwin) to peruse the a... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 8:13:54 AM
when one sings to the choir they will obtain the s... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:31:35 AM
I operate in the OEN- reality and I do not think w... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:15:59 AM
...by me and many others.  Some folks just wa... by AAA AAA on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 12:23:47 PM
that can be made is:... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 11:04:23 PM
if you want to convey that you don't care, you do... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:03:05 AM
You must be mistaking me for someone who gives a $... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:30:32 PM
include a link to information showing that you are... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:47:18 AM
intended for us to secure liberty and justice, ev... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:58:15 AM
Yes, we do have a JD here! I am a PE, we have a J... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 11:36:11 AM
Nowadays we create our external enemies to lend cr... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 5:05:02 PM
that those TV shows the kids are watching too ofte... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:27:32 AM
It would appear that your government, nearly by un... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 9:18:12 AM
Mark,I certainly do not have the benefit of your l... by Sherwin Steffin on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 12:02:25 PM
to swearing an oath to uphold the Constitution in ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:38:07 PM
I guess you got the answers to your questions.&nbs... by AAA AAA on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 2:29:11 PM
This situation reminds me of 1939 France, a countr... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:25:32 AM