Free speech 'zones' shrinking
Long time activist and uberfriend, Ben Masel checks in with an analysis of the "new" Patriot Act and finds a disturbing section. I'm just going to post his email verbatim.
Section 602 of the Conference Committee's version of Patriot Act makes holding an un-authorised sign at a Democratic or Republican National Convention, a Presidential or VP appearance, and any other event designated by the Secret Service as a "national special security event" a felony punishable by a year imprisonment.Un-authorised signs? Still think you can call us a free country?
A not farfetched interpretation would have made felons of the entire Wisconsin Delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention, when Mayor Daley ruled them out of order for moving to adjourn the Convention and reconvene outside Daley's bailiwick.
Section 603 makes a seperate offence of entering the Convention with forged credentials, possessing such, or even perhaps the time-honored tradition of sharing ones' entry pass to a friend.
Full text of the pending PATRIOT ACT renewal, including the "Joint Explanatory Statement" from the GOPers on the Conference Committee.