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    Angry Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors"

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    Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors"

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse
    Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 07:27:26 PM PDT


    Bush wants to create the new criminal of "disruptor" who can be jailed for the crime of "disruptive behavior." A "little-noticed provision" in the latest version of the Patriot Act will empower Secret Service to charge protesters with a new crime of "disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics." Secret Service would also be empowered to charge persons with "breaching security" and to charge for "entering a restricted area" which is "where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting." In short, be sure to stay in those wired, fenced containments or free speech zones.

    Who is the "disruptor"? Bush Team history tells us the disruptor is an American citizen with the audacity to attend Bush events wearing a T-shirt that criticizes Bush; or a member of civil rights, environmental, anti-war or counter-recruiting groups who protest Bush policies; or a person who invades Bush's bubble by criticizing his policies. A disruptor is also a person who interferes in someone else's activity, such as interrupting Bush when he is speaking at a press conference or during an interview.

    What are the parameters of the crime of "disruptive behavior"? The dictionary defines "disruptive" as "characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination." The American Medical Association defines disruptive behavior as a "style of interaction" with people that interferes with patient care, and can include behavior such as "foul language; rude, loud or offensive comments; and intimidation of patients and family members."

    What are the rules of engagement for "disruptors"? Some Bush Team history of their treatment of disruptors provide some clues on how this administration will treat disruptors in the future.

    (1) People perceived as disruptors may be preemptively ejected from events before engaging in any disruptive conduct.

    In the beginning of this war against disruptors, Americans were ejected from taxpayer funded events where Bush was speaking. At first the events were campaign rallies during the election, and then the disruptor ejectment policy was expanded to include Bush's post election campaign-style events on public policy issues on his agenda, such as informing the public on medicare reform and the like. If people drove to the event in a car with a bumper sticker that criticized Bush's policies or wore T-shirts with similar criticism, they were disruptors who could be ejected from the taxpayer event even before they engaged in any disruptive behavior. White House press secretary McClellan defended such ejectments as a proper preemptive strike against persons who may disrupt an event: "If we think people are coming to the event to disrupt it, obviously, they're going to be asked to leave."

    (2) Bush Team may check its vast array of databanks to cull out those persons who it deems having "disruptor" potential and then blacklist those persons from events.

    The White House even has a list of persons it deems could be "disruptive" to an eventand then blacklists those persons from attending taxpayer funded events where Bush speaks. Sounds like Bush not only has the power to unilaterally designate people as "enemy combatants" in the global "war on terror," but to unilaterally designate Americans as "disruptive" in the domestic war against free speech.

    (3) The use of surveillance, monitoring and legal actions against disruptors.

    Bush's war against disruptors was then elevated to surveillance, monitoring, and legal actions against disruptor organizations. The FBI conducts political surveillance and obtains intelligence filed in its database on Bush administration critics , such as civil rights groups (e.g., ACLU), antiwar protest groups (e.g., United for Peace and Justice) and environmental groups (e.g., Greenpeace).

    This surveillance of American citizens exercising their constitutional rights has been done under the pretext of counterterrorism activities surrounding protests of the Iraq war and the Republican National Convention. The FBI maintains it does not have the intent to monitor political activities and that its surveillance and intelligence gathering is "intended to prevent disruptive and criminal activity at demonstrations, not to quell free speech."

    Surveillance of potential disruptors then graduated to legal actions as a preemptive strike against potential disruptive behavior at public events. In addition to monitoring and surveillance of legal groups and legal activities, the FBI issued subpoenas for members to appear before grand juries based on the FBI's "intent" to prevent "disruptive convention protests." The Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation and subpoenaed records of Internet messages posted by Bush`s critics. And, the Justice Dept. even indicted Greenpeace for a protest that was so lame the federal judge threw out the case.

    So now the Patriot Act, which was argued before enactment as a measure to fight foreign terrorists, is being amended to make clear that it also applies to American citizens who have the audacity to disrupt President Bush wherever his bubble may travel. If this provision is enacted into law, then Bush will have a law upon which to expand the type of people who constitute disruptors and the type of activities that constitute disruptive activities. And, then throw them all in jail.
    There are numerous links within the article that relate to what's being said.. this is some scary shite.

    If you don't think the US is becoming a fascist state, then you're an idiot.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/1/11/212726/954
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    Well, guess I am gone. I always thought it was my right as an American to protest the things I don't like, I have been doing it since I was in high school, and I am way older than that now. Bush is trying to make this country into a little slice of Nazi Germany. Whatever is wrong with expressing your opinnion, even if it differs from other peoples"? That is how you learn new stuff, by listening to people with different attitudes and opinnions about things. Sheesh.
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    Well "free speech zones" were the first assault.. then came the signing of a 'pledge of loyalty' to bush before being able to enter a GOP political event..then the secret service running background checks on people in line at said events.. kicking out people who had anti-bush bumber stickers on their cars in the parking lot...

    Now he wants to do away with them completely. How can people accept what he says at face value, that he stands for free speech and liberty? Is everyone stupid or something?
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    He only stands for free speech if you agree with him and if you spout "Pro-Amurkin" crap. Where did this huge fear of differnences in people come from? I thought diversity was a good thing, and something to be encouraged. He is probably terrified that some protestor is going to ask him something he can't answer in public and he will be even more embarassed than he is already.
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    When was the last time a retard religious right wing fundamentalist was open minded about anything?

    Conservatives are by their very nature, complete blubbering cowards. They're TERRIFIED of anything new, of change, of being outside their narrow little comfort zone. These are the types of people that will trash science as Satans work because it goes against Creationism, until they need a lifesaving medical operation or hip replacement surgery or need to board an airliner.
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    Jesus mother of God, let's all impeach this crazy bastard once and for all. And where are all the neo-cons on the board when this sort of thing is posted???? I would like to see if anyone, ANYONE can find a way to defend this (outside of Bill O'Reilly, that is). If this goes through, I will personally protest anywhere and everywhere that this might get me arrested and happily become a test case. This is illegal and anti-constitutional. I believe the Constitution guarantees the right of free assembly. We are soooo close to a dictatorship. I'd love to write more but I'm off to write my congresswo/men. I suggest all the rest of the yanks do the same. I'll be back once I've whipped off a few pages of outrage.
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    OMG this can't be!!!! HOW IS THIS HAPPENING???????????? This is so fucking scary.


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    What's next? Thought police?
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    Glasgow... you named it. Give me a minute to put up a new thread about it..
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    Now that is scary.
    What is also scary, with these 'disruptors' clogging up our already overpopulated jails, real criminals will be let out early to make room.
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    Default Re: Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors"

    Oh no, they'll just make one big jail out of the country. That's what it's turning into.

    OH ALSO...Bush critics are being put on the 'no fly list'. Keeping them all within the country to keep tabs on them.. nice.
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    Next we can have those nice detentions camps they shoved all the Japanese citizens into during the war. Only it can be for Bush dissenters.
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    Hey check out my martial law thread...it's just getting more and more fun.
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    Default Re: Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors"

    Originally Posted by Glasgow53
    Next we can have those nice detentions camps they shoved all the Japanese citizens into during the war. Only it can be for Bush dissenters.

    Yup. Guess I'll see you and Buttmunch there. Hey, at least we'll be in good company.
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    Oh, I will be there with bells on. I have been wearing signs around my neck and protesting various things for many years. It's secod nature to me now, and if I have to do it from detention camp. so be it. I will be in good company.
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