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  •  Too Many Weasel-Words... (0+ / 0-)

    ...like: "of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or... of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance."

    As we have already seen, in spades, these past six months, terms like "special event," "may be visiting" or "significance" can be used to mean whatever the authorities wish them to mean. It's the same situation with terms like "peaceably," "knowingly," and "intention to disrupt the normal course of business." Their meaning is flexible enough to cover all manner of protest, expression, or even presence by mistake. (Witness the justifications given to the beating of former Marine Kayvan Sabehgi.)

    Besides, it galls me to see the words "no law" meaning whatever the authorities want them to mean, too. Unlike machine-guns, there were federal buildings, plenty of them, when the Bill of Rights was passed. I don;t see any exceptions for them then, I don't see why exceptions for them should be made now.

    "Be sand, not oil, to the machinery of the world." - Gunter Eich

    by Satyrblade on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 03:08:18 PM PST

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