This is interesting for two reasons: first, the blatant manner in which Congress is now violating the Constitution with impunity and regularity; second, that the World Socialist Web Site is the only source I could find of a full coherent explanation of this matter — the corporate media is silent.
By Tom Carter
World Socialist Web Site, 3 March 2012
A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by lengthy terms of incarceration—to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year. Several commentators have dubbed it the “anti-Occupy” law, but its implications are far broader.
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Even more sinister is the provision regarding events of “national significance.” What circumstances constitute events of “national significance” is left to the unbridled discretion of the Department of Homeland Security. The occasion for virtually any large protest could be designated by the Department of Homeland Security as an event of “national significance,” making any demonstrations in the vicinity illegal.