Holding anti-war signs at a Bush press conference or party convention would be punishable by a year in prison, if the new odious PATRIOT act revisions pass.
From a Green listserv forwarded by Ben Manski, former chair of the national Green Party.
Full text of the pending PATRIOT Act Renewal, with the Joint Explanatory Statement from the GOP members of the Conference Committee
Section 602 makes holding an un-authorised sign at a Democratic or Republican National Convention, a Presidential or VP appearance, and any other event designated by the Secret Service as a "national special security event" a felony punishable by a year imprisonment.
A not farfetched interpretation would have made felons of the entire Wisconsin Delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention, when Mayor Daley ruled them out of order for moving to adjourn the Convention and reconvene outside Daley’s bailiwick.
Was that before or after Sen. Abe Ribicoff denounced "Gestapo tactics on the streets of Chicago" and Daley screamed "Fuck you, you Jew bastard" at him? Just wondering…
Section 603 makes a separate offense of entering the Convention with forged credentials, possessing such, or even perhaps the time-honored tradition of sharing one’s entry pass to a friend.
Sharing an entry pass is a clear indication of someone who loves the terrorists and hates freedom. Although any Congress that would pass this Orwellian piece of rubbish is no friend of freedom either. Abe Ribicoff would have denounced this bill in no uncertain terms. Where are senators like him now?