HB 347 and the NDAA
two sides of the same coin
Eric LaMont Gregory
Legislation that allows federal law enforcement agents - to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protests in which violators will potentially face criminal penalties that include imprisonment for up to 10 years - HR 347, is now the law of the land.
Three Republicans voted against the measure: Paul Broun (R-GA-10), Justin Amash (R-MI-3) and Ron Paul (R-TX-14).
The fact that only three members of the House voted against this legislation, all Republicans and no Democrats, is alarming given the fact that they were all elected and took an oath to support, defend and bear full allegiance to the Constitution of the United States, which gaurantees the right to assemble and to speak freely. What have our limited government spoutting representatives become, but two sides of the same ever increasing government invasiveness coin.
see the voting list here),
Of particular concern given the scope of the new law is that the NYPD now, considers that those taking of photos and videotaping there activities in public areas can be charged with disorderly conduct.
This law comes at the heels of the US government having debated over whether or not to indefinitely detain US citizens, rendition, and Attorney General Eric Holder has advanced the opinion that the President can assassinate US citizens without providing any evidence of their wrongdoing to an elected official whatsoever.
Free speech may very well soon be nothing but a distant relic of the past.