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A new law makes protesting near the president or Secret Service illegal. Is that an assault on free speech? Judge Andrew Napolitano said categorically, "Yes, it is an assault on free speech. You have the right to make your opinions known in such a way that you're not blocking traffic and you're not blocking pedestrians."
Napolitano warned that this is a very dangerous piece of legislation as it allows the Secret Service to "decide who gets near whoever they are protecting ... and the Secret Service can make that decision based on the content of your speech."
Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
There is already a thread on this bill.
Originally posted by freakjive
The Judge addresses the new Anti-Protest Law and what it's implications are to our civil liberties. It's becoming more and more blatant that this administration is on a power grab of monumental proportions. I thought the Bush era was bad, but the current administration is making his actions look like child's play.
Here are the key points from this video: Napolitano states...
This is a very dangerous piece of legislation
No committee hearings
The President signed this in secret
Using governmental power to discriminate on the basis of YOUR opinions...
One week before the election was due to take place, the Reichstag building burned down. Hitler immediately declared that it was the signal for a communist takeover of the nation. Hitler knew that if he was to convince President Hindenburg to give him emergency powers - as stated in the Weimar Constitution - he had to play on the old president's fear of communism. What better than to convince him that the communists were about to take over the nation by force?
This law gave Hitler what he wanted - a ban on the Communists and Socialists taking part in an election campaign. The leaders from both parties were arrested and their newspapers were shut down. To 'keep the peace' and maintain law and order, the SA (the Brown Shirts) roamed the streets beating up those who openly opposed Hitler.
On 7th April 1933, Nazi officials were put in charge of all local government in the provinces. On July 14th 1933, a law was passed making it illegal to form a new political party. It also made the Nazi Party the only legal political party in Germany.
After the elections of March 5, 1933, the Nazis began a systematic takeover of the state governments throughout Germany, ending a centuries-old tradition of local political independence. Armed SA and SS thugs barged into local government offices using the state of emergency decree as a pretext to throw out legitimate office holders and replace them with Nazi Reich commissioners.
Political enemies were arrested by the thousands and put in hastily constructed holding pens. Old army barracks and abandoned factories were used as prisons. Once inside, prisoners were subjected to military style drills and harsh discipline. They were often beaten and sometimes even tortured to death. This was the very beginning of the Nazi concentration camp system.