Facts and Logic 14

Facts and Logic 14

More e-mail lies: The Criminalization of the First Amendment

Facts and Logic 14. More viral e-mail scares surface as the election draws closer. This time, the e-mail claims that President Obama secretly signed a bill that makes it illegal to protest against him or anyone he chooses. I’ve actually seen this one, as some of my more conservative buddies have forwarded this trip on to me. Let’s look at what the e-mail actually says:

“Subject: Obama quietly tramples the First Amendment

I truly thought this was a joke until I watched the short video of Judge Napolitano. Here is another law that separates citizens from the President.

New law makes it illegal to protest in Obama’s presence (or whomever he chooses)

This means that, wherever Obama is at, you do not have a right to ask him anything you want to. His secret service can have you arrested, fined and imprisoned for more than a YEAR if you ask him something he doesn’t like. Sound like he’s more like Hitler than Lincoln to you?


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This is in regards to the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”; also known as HR 347.

HR 347 was originally signed in 1971 by President Richard Millhouse Nixon and it made it a federal crime to trespass on any property secured by the Secret Service.

The bill has been updated several times since then, even by President George W. Bush when the Patriot Act was signed, and has been supported by the GOP and shunned by the Democrats.

This “controversial” update that was supposedly signed in “secret” basically covers this:

It is unlawful to enter a secured area of the White House and its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence and grounds. Also, a person caught trespassing on these grounds was able to plead that they did not knowingly trespass and claimed ignorance. So now it is up to law enforcement and prosecution to prove that the suspect did in fact have knowledge of this security status and knowingly trespassed.

The bill was debated “openly” for seven minutes on February 28th, 2011. When voted on, it was approved 399 “yes” votes to 3 “no” votes. President Obama signed it on March 8th of that year. It was a typical signing without any controversy as reported in e-mails. It was as routine as any bill signing and there was a public statement of its signing.

The bogus claims by Fox News state that the President is attacking our First Amendment rights. On the contrary, this bill has been around since Nixon, the changes that congress approved do not impose new penalties or address anything with “speech” or “protest.”

Fox also claimed that it would be considered a felony if you protested against the president and you would receive prison time for over a year. However, when this law was created by Nixon and updated by George W. Bush, it provided penalties for up to 10 years prison time; and not for protesting against the president, it would be for trespassing in a restricted area with a deadly weapon or the intent to do great bodily harm.

So, this just goes to show you, from chain e-mails to Fox News reports; we still cannot trust what we read and see unless we fact check for ourselves.