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January 30, 2006

Making Protest a Felony

Isn't this lovely?:

A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any "special event of national significance" away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter.

[The] measure...would extend the authority of the Secret Service to allow agents to arrest people who willingly or knowingly enter a restricted area at an event, even if the president or other official normally protected by the Secret Service isn't in attendance at the time.

So any "event" could be deemed of "national significance and any gatecrashers could be sent to jail.

A nice way to make sure no awkward questions are ever again asked of any politician.

Posted by Nathan at January 30, 2006 10:02 AM