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Old March 1, 2012, 03:16 AM   #1
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Goodbye First Amendment?

A new bill in Congress seems to make it a federal crime to conduct a protest in the presence of certain federal employees, even if you did not know they were present.

United States Representative Justin Amash (MI-03) was one of only three lawmakers to vote against the act when it appeared in the House late Monday. Explaining his take on the act through his official Facebook account on Tuesday, Rep. Amash writes,“The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it's illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it's illegal.”
Do I misunderstand this, or could this be one of the greatest limitations on civil protest in the history of the country?

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