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Huffington Post – Jeanine Molloff – HR 347 ‘Trespass Bill’ Criminalizes Protest – 4 August 2012

As I write this op-ed, I primp for the mirror — looking for the most flattering pose — for my mug shot. Now, don’t get the wrong impression; I haven’t been arrested and charged with a federal felony — yet. Nor is the preparation done in anticipation of a guest stint on “America’s Next Top Model” — but as a common sense reaction to Obama’s predictable signing of the latest assault on the Bill of Rights — namely — H.R. 347 (and it’s companion senate bill S. 1794); aka the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011.” Sounding more like an appropriations bill authorizing monies for federal grounds landscaping — this bill, better known to those in the DC beltway as the ‘Trespass Bill’ — potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Continue reading