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Soon: A Federal Offense To Protest Presidential Candidates or Political Conventions

In the text of the act, the law is allowed to be used against anyone who knowingly enters or remains in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so, but those grounds are considered any area where someone — rather it’s President Obama, Senator Santorum or Governor Romney — will be temporarily visiting, whether or not the public is even made aware. Entering such a facility is thus outlawed, as is disrupting the orderly conduct of “official functions,” engaging in disorderly conduct “within such proximity to” the event or acting violent to anyone, anywhere near the premises. Under that verbiage, that means a peaceful protest outside a candidate’s concession speech would be a federal offense...

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Comment by Dennis Treybil
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Congress shall make no law

.....respecting an establishment of religion, or
.....prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
.....the freedom
..........of speech, or
..........of the press; or
.....the right of the people
.........peaceably to assemble, and petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The proscription against certain types of legislation by the federal congress appears unqualified.

The "no titles of nobility" language elsewhere can be seen as prohibiting elevating the security interests of public officials above the 1st amendment's proscription against these types of legislation.

The legislation seems to abridge the freedoms emphasised above.  The constitution says such legislation shall not be "made".

This should be a slam-dunk in court.  However, I doubt it will be.

DC Treybil