The president just “secretly” signed into law, a bill, HR347, which will allow prosecutors to charge anyone who enters a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function with a federal offense, if the Secret Service is on the scene. However, the law stretches to include not just the president’s palatial Pennsylvania Avenue home. Under the law, any building or grounds where the president is visiting — even temporarily — is covered, as is any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”
Section (c) of the act defines the key phrase “restricted buildings” as follows:
The phrase “Restricted buildings or grounds” means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area;
(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;
(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance
Under the terms of the existing law amended by this act, the Department of Homeland Security, affectionately referred to as “Big Sis” by Matt Drudge, is tasked with deciding which events will qualify as being of “national significance.”
There have been nearly three dozen events in all which have been considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE) since the term was created under President Clinton. Among past events on the DHS-sanctioned NSSE list are Super Bowl XXXVI, the funerals of Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, most State of the Union addresses and the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Surely this law will be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court and found to be unconstitutional. While the bill is scarey enough on its own, what’s even more alarming is that it passed with bipartisan support in both houses.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was detained Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., after refusing a full body pat-down.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s press secretary Moira Bagley tweeted on Monday that Transportation Security Administration officials were detaining her boss in Nashville, Tenn.
“Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley tweeted at about 10 a.m. on Monday. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”
“I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said. “The image scan went off; he refused a pat-down.”
Sen. Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) also tweeted aboout the incident, saying that there had been an “anomaly” with a body scanner. Rep. Paul went on to say that his son was being detained indefinitely.
Really, the TSA is detaining a U.S. Senator? Have they completely abandoned the concept of common sense? Has the time arrived for Congress to take an all encompassing review of the funding for DHS with a specific focus on the TSA?
Is Michelle really and truly a conservative deep down? Maybe she doesn’t even know it? From the book, “The Obamas” by Jodi Kantor:
“The Obamas had spent their marriage debating how much change was possible within the political system and whether public life could be made livable,” Kantor writes. “The first lady was the worrier, with little trust that government could create lasting change and fear that political life was inherently corrosive.”
Kantor quotes Michelle as saying, “I didn’t come to politics with a lot of faith in the process. I didn’t believe that politics was structured in a way that could solve real problems for people.”
I understand that she is Socialist Liberal to the core, but with a little mentoring perhaps she could learn that her lack of faith in politics and government is well founded and that only people can create lasting change and solve real problems for people. The government may try, and the effort may actually be well intentioned, but any intended benefits are most often over-shadowed by the unintended consequences. Just a thought. . . .
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