‘End of free speech’ signed by Obama


I caught Judge Napolatano on Fox this morning who once again warns us of the creep spread to limit our freedom of speech. Anyone else hear about this bill?  The bottom line is now Obama can give Secret Service protection to anyone. At that point, no one dare say a peep essentially. Let me get off the soap box and let you read this foul thing. Did the GOPers really approve this?

Here is the link to GOV Track with text, the history and the two votes taken: H.R.347  The totals were 388 Ayes, 3 Nays, 42 Present/Not Voting. Vote Details.

Feb 6, 2012: This bill passed in the Senate with changes by Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept

Update: The Sentry Journal has done a great post including an analysis of this and with the video from Napolatano “While we were distracted did we lose free speech?

Jonathan Turley’s blog page notes that the imprecise language, just as in the NDAA, creates risks and can most definitely be seen as a threat to our First Amendment right to Free Speech, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom to Petition our government. None of that is very comforting in light of the Patriot Act and surveillance of and wire tapping of Americans.”  H.R 347 could be making the First Amendment illegal UPDATE: Turley removed his post and replaced it. Guts !

Significantly, though, the definition of “restricted buildings” is anywhere someone protected by the Secret Service “will be temporarily visiting.”

“A person eating in a diner while a presidential candidate is trying to score political points with the locals could be arrested if government agents determine that he is acting ‘disorderly.’ Mind you, depending on who’s making the assessment, anything can be considered disorderly, including someone exercising his right to free speech by muttering to himself about a government official. And if that person happens to have a pocketknife or nail clippers in his possession (or any other innocuous item that could be interpreted by the police as ‘dangerous’), he could face up to 10 years in prison,” Whitehead warned.

“Tonight you no longer need to be a conspiracy theorist to have real questions about whether we are becoming a police state.”  

In a terse online statement, the White House has confirmed that Barack Obama has signed into law an update of restrictions around the White House, the vice president’s resident and other locations – a move critics say signals the “end to free speech.”

The White House said yesterday Obama “signed into law: H.R. 347, the ‘Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,’ which makes it a federal crime to enter or remain knowingly in any restricted area of the White House, the vice president’s official residence, or their respective grounds without lawful authority.”

“Current law makes it illegal to enter or remain in an area where certain government officials (more particularly, those with Secret Service protection) will be visiting temporarily if and only if the person knows it’s illegal to enter the restricted area but does so anyway,” he said. “The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal. Full Story at WND

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18 Responses to “‘End of free speech’ signed by Obama”

  1. Sally Tudor Says:

    Reblogged this on Sally's Political Blog.

  2. republican mother Says:

    Nice to see Justin Amash vote against it, he’s a real good guy. Seems like one of the last – he’s been rumored to be taking Ron Paul’s place as the lone dissenter.

    • bunkerville Says:

      It really is grim. The bills use to go through the Committee process and much of this would come out. Apparently not so much anymore.

  3. LD Jackson Says:

    I’ll tell you what really disturbs me. We have two Senators in Oklahoma whom I really respect. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe have both been a thorn in the side of the liberals. And both of them vote for this legislation. I don’t understand how they could do that.

    • bunkerville Says:

      I doubt that anyone read it. It sounded good, and who could be against a bill that supposedly would not allow another Gifford shooting? How the media would spin it.

  4. Barack Obama signs law which will limit free speech at political events « America's Watchtower Says:

    [...] on the first amendment. I first read about this troubling story this morning on Sentry Journal and Bunkerville, I suggest you read both these excellent blogs for their take on this [...]

  5. Steve Dennis Says:

    Unbelievable! Out journey to tyranny is moving quite fast now, between this bill and the Defense Authorization bill which deemed the US a battlefield we have to wonder which side these Tea Party Republicans are on. How did they support both of these measures? We are being sold down the river and it might be too late to turn around.

    • bunkerville Says:

      Even Backmann did not read the darn bill. What happened to posting bills for three days? The hoot is it was Keith Ellison who was one of the three no votes. Scary.

  6. coffeeandsleeplessnights Says:

    Reblogged this on A Lot Of Coffee and Sleepless Nights.

  7. While we were distracted did we lose free speech? (H.R. 347) | SENTRY JOURNAL Says:

    [...] You can read more about this topic at Bunkerville. [...]

  8. Matt Says:

    Sunstein must be smiling from ear to ear!

    • bunkerville Says:

      It is really moving fast now. Not a peep from anyone today.

  9. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    Good catch, my friend. Let me get this straight. Any protest that the government wants to shut down, all they have to do is send someone there with a Secret Service escort and protest will be shut down. Do any of these clowns in Washington ever think before they vote for something? This isn’t the America I grew up in!

    • bunkerville Says:

      They never even read it. Passed by unanimous consent by voice vote.. All one person had to do was request a vote tally. So now Obama is insured that he will have no one at his convention to protest. As Napalatano said this morning, any of his minions goes to speak, no one dare mumur if the S.S. is there, And that is what I am know going to call them..He continued, “Tonight you no longer need to be a conspiracy theorist to have real questions about whether we are becoming a police state.”

  10. genomega1 Says:

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed.

    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks muchly!

  11. silverfiddle Says:

    I used to not like Turley, but he has become a real champion of our freedoms.

    • bunkerville Says:

      and not one GOP Senate member asked to have it read? It was done the ole speedo way? Stunner– and so much for the Tea Party House members.


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