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  •  Except that the angle of the slope... (4+ / 0-)

    ...is absolutely no different now than it was before this bill was passed.

    Each and every act covered in this bill was already illegal prior to its passage.

    It was just as illegal to trespass on White House grounds, block the entry or exit of the President, be unauthorized in an area the Secret Service has restricted, or disrupt official government business being done by the President on February 1 as it is today.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 10:34:51 AM PST

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    •  A change in the level of mens rea changes (0+ / 0-)

      what "acts" are covered because it changes the level of the bar concerning knowledge and intent that must be proved for conviction.

      If this bill becomes law, the deletion of "willingly" will have the effect of lowering the bar.  

      The Supreme Court and Federal Appealate Courts have recognized this not only generally but with specific reference to the law being amended by this bill.  

      To say otherwise is to ignore the law (which includes both the text of the law and the existing interpretations of it by the courts.)

      The time has come to put the "Occ" in "DemOCCracy". Support (or create) the "Occupy" movement near you. Ordinary Citizens Count in this extraordinary Democcracy.

      by Into The Woods on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 12:07:59 PM PST

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