Monday, March 14, 2016


Reporter Colin Dialeda of the new media portal Mashable notes on Mar. 13, 2016, that despite the heat presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is taking for his forceful and rather in-your-face admonition to give the old heave-ho to protesters at his rallies, he has the law on his side.
And who does Dialeda cite as the fiery Trump being in the right? The American Civil Liberties Union. That’s right, the same bastion of liberal interpretation of the US Constitution may have had the law of unintended consequences bite them right on the tuchas.
As cited by Dialeda, back in 2012, a certain federal law better known as H.R. 347 legislated specifically on dealing with protest, was amended to make it a crime to “disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions.
”Here’s the rub – 347 is applied to areas where the U.S. Secret Service is providing protection. Along with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Trump is the recipient of Secret Service protection.
In the wake of 347 making the change that now specifically includes the Secret Service bubble of protection, the A.C.L.U. issued a statement on their official website making clear exactly where they stood on 347.

While leery of the expansion of the U.S.S.S. arrest powers at events they’ve been assigned, the A.C.L.U. admits “The original statute, unchanged by H.R. 347, made certain conduct with respect to these restricted areas a crime, including simple trespass, actions in or near the restricted area that would ‘disrupt the orderly conduct of Government,’ and blocking the entrance or exit to the restricted area.”