A radio host and Iraq war veteran will be leading an armed march on Washington, D.C., this July 4, Independence Day, to put government on notice that we won’t be intimidated.
He is Adam Kokesh, 31, a Libertarian activist and talk radio host. Kokesh was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and a veteran of the Iraq War, serving in Falujah in 2004 as a liaison between the U.S. military and Iraqi civilians as a member of the 3rd Civil Affairs Group. He is an outspoken opponent of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
On September 2, 2008, Kokesh spoke at Ron Paul’s Rally for the Republic in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he stated, “While it is our responsibility now to resist tyranny civilly, while we still can, there may come a time when we will say to the powers that be, be it with your blood or ours we have come to water the tree of liberty … who will stand with me?” Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr. reports for CNSNews, May 5, 2013, that Kokesh launched the planned armed march as a group on Facebook, the “Open Carry March on Washington,” and hopes to get 1,000 supporters to march into the nation’s capital with loaded rifles.
The group plans to meet at 9 a.m., July 4, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. From there, they will march across the Memorial Bridge into Washington, D.C. and continue down Independence Avenue.
While Virginia permits open carry, Washington, D.C. does not issue any permit/licenses to carry a firearm.
The Facebook page states that the event, though armed, is non-violent and if the group is met with physical resistance, they will turn back: “This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded& slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. There’s a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting.”
The event is open to unarmed supporters, journalists and welcomes law enforcement officers to join.
See also “3 of 10 registered voters think U.S. needs an armed revolution,” May 2, 2013.
On March 8, 2012, with no publicity or fanfare, Obama signed into law a bill with a deceptively innocuous and arboreous name, H.R. 347: the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. Passed by a bipartisan majority of both houses in Congress, the bill was sponsored by two Florida Congressmen: Thomas Rooney (R) and Ted Deutch (D).
In the video below, Judge Andrew Napolitano says that H.R. 347 makes political protest a felony, by giving the Secret Service sweeping powers to arrest and charge citizens with a felony for exercising their Constitutional right to free speech.
Alerted by a reader to this video, I went looking for more information. GovTrack.us describes the purpose of the new law as: “To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.”
The following summary of H.R. 347 was written by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, which serves Congress:
3/8/2012–Public Law. (This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on November 17, 2011. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 [sic] – Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Defines “restricted buildings or grounds” as a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance.
H.R.347 One Hundred Twelfth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the third day of January, two thousand and twelve An Act To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ‘Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011’. SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS. Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: -‘Sec. 1752. Restricted building or grounds
‘(a) Whoever– ‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so; ‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions; ‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or ‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b). ‘(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is– ‘(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if— ‘(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or ‘(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and ‘(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case. ‘(c) In this section– ‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area– ‘(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds; ‘(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or ‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and ‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’.
Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.
The key to H.R. 347, of course, is who gets to decide whether a place constitutes “restricted building or grounds.” Notice that, contrary what Judge Napolitano asserts, nowhere in the language of H.R. 347 does it say it’s the Secret Service who decides when and whether a political protest becomes a felony.
Here’s the ACLU’s analysis of H.R. 347:
H.R. 347 doesn’t create any new crimes, or directly apply to the Occupy protests. The bill slightly rewrites a short trespass law, originally passed in 1971 and amended a couple of times since, that covers areas subject to heightened Secret Service security measures.
These restricted areas include locations where individuals under Secret Service protection are temporarily located, and certain large special events like a presidential inauguration. They can also include large public events like the Super Bowl and the presidential nominating conventions (troublingly, the Department of Homeland Security has significant discretion in designating what qualifies as one of these special events).
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.
H.R. 347 did make one noteworthy change, which may make it easier for the Secret Service to overuse or misuse the statute to arrest lawful protesters.
Without getting too much into the weeds, most crimes require the government to prove a certain state of mind. Under the original language of the law, you had to act “willfully and knowingly” when committing the crime. In short, you had to know your conduct was illegal. Under H.R. 347, you will simply need to act “knowingly,” which here would mean that you know you’re in a restricted area, but not necessarily that you’re committing a crime.
Any time the government lowers the intent requirement, it makes it easier for a prosecutor to prove her case, and it gives law enforcement more discretion when enforcing the law. […]
Also, while H.R. 347, on its own, is only of incremental importance, it could be misused as part of a larger move by the Secret Service and others to suppress lawful protest by relegating it to particular locations at a public event. These “free speech zones” are frequently used to target certain viewpoints or to keep protesters away from the cameras. Although H.R. 347 doesn’t directly address free speech zones, it is part of the set of laws that make this conduct possible, and should be seen in this context.
To conclude, Judge Napolitano distorted and exaggerated H.R. 347. It turns out the federal government had had free speech restrictions in “restricted buildings and grounds” even before H.R. 347. That being said, the new law is yet another nail driven into the coffin of our Constitutional liberties.
Let us get the hell out of this poop hole. Bring everyone of our troops home. Enjoy the Taliban. Oh before we leave since our Troops are in Danger at their base bring in some nice Helicopters for some sight seeing and might as well check the weapon systems while there. Light em up. Eff their koran/war manual. Our guys can’t have Bibles, screw you. JMHO, not endorsed by FOTM
————————————– ~ Steve ~ ————————————— Here are many links to story KABUL, Afghanistan(AP) — Afghan police have shot and killed three protesters in two separate incidents in the north and south of the country where riots broke out during demonstrations over this week’s Quran burnings incident.
The police say one protester was fatally shot and four people were wounded, including two police officers, when security forces and some protesters exchanged gunfire during a riot on Thursday outside the police headquarters in the northern province of Baghlan.
Police say another two protesters were killed and six were wounded in another exchange of gunfire during a protest in southern Uruzgan province.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a man wearing an Afghan army uniform has turned his weapon on coalition troops, killing two service members.
NATO says the incident occurred on Thursday in eastern Afghanistan. No other details were disclosed.
The shooting is the latest in a rising number of attacks on NATO troops by Afghan police and soldiers or militants dressed in their uniforms.
The attacks have raised questions about the vetting of Afghan recruits and has heightened tension between foreign troops and their Afghan partners.
Last month, France suspended its training program and threatened to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan
a year ahead of schedule after an Afghan soldier shot and killed four French soldiers on a base in the east.
From the Blaze.com
Media!’ See the Moment the Friday Protests Turned Violent in NYC
Posted on October 14, 2011 at 10:31am by Jonathon M. Seidl ———————————————————————-
We already mentioned that the protests turned violent this morning in New York after protesters, emboldened by the decision not to evict them from their home base, marched on the New York Stock Exchange. In our previous story we had video catching the tail end of an incident involving a protester and police on scooters. (Related: Bloomberg says park owner received “threatening” calls from politicians)
Now we have the full video showing the actual moment the clash began, courtesy of the New York Post:
A New York City police officer runs over a National Lawyers Guild observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the streets near Wall Street, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in New York. (Photo: AP
Police urged protesters to stay out of the street and stay on the sidewalk
Police scooters were shaped like a V and moved toward the protesters in the standoff. One man lost his balance, and was run over by a police scooter. Police descended on the protester and got him out from under the bike. Some witnesses tell Sandberg the man was beaten during the arrest.
“We had somebody knock over a scooter, there were some arrests here — I don’t know what the charges were — there were people in the street the police officer was trying to get them out of the street, this was down near the exchange,” New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne said.
First Precinct Commander Ed Winski checked a protester who refused to stay on the sidewalk. When the protester came back into the street, Winski hurled his megaphone down and wound up rolling around in the street with the protester, throwing punches. Other officers surrounded the two, throwing punches. The protester was arrested.
Police say the protesters were throwing bottles and bags of garbage at officers, triggering the police response, Sandberg reported. Police say they were trying to control the situation when it got out of hand.
This reminds me of the anarchists riots in Seattle to shut down the WTO meetings. By the way, Sept 17th is Constitution Day. It also happens to be a Saturday. So the kids will be out of school, available to riot; but, for the Wall Street grownups, it’s their day off. I seriously doubt it will disrupt any business. The last time I was in New York City there weren’t even very many retailers in that part of town; but, it’s been awhile. Maybe they can liberate up a free frappacino from a Starbucks barista making $10.00 an hour and a share of the tip jar. Not many bigscreen TV retailers in the financial district of New York City, as I recall. Unless it’s a slow news day, local TV may not even send a news crew to “cover” the event.
For rioters planning an event in Olympia, the State Capital of Washington State, Olympia has long been considered one of the most progressive towns in a very “blue” state. It is very likely the governor and state agency heads will lock arms with you and sing a couple of rounds of “We Shall Overcome” for old time’s sake. They’re mostly a bunch of 1960s hippie radicals. The legislature is not in session. ~LTG
DAY OF RAGE PLANNED FOR D.C., STATE CAPITOLS and WALL STREET SEPT 17, 2011
This information came out of Idaho, but this is being staged across the entire 50 states! We need to be aware and let others know, especially those that live in the capitals, or have businesses there. If you’ve seen the riots taking place in Greece, or those in the Middle East, you see a sample of what it looks like they are planning. Let’s hope that either few show up, that they stay peaceful, or that the law enforcement agencies are able to thwart it before it occurs…. Bill Turner, Boise Conservative Examiner
The leftists call this a non-violent event, yet their website, Craigslist ads and Facebook postings include information on how to resist arrest, protest in jail and fight the legal system. The anarchists, Marxists and communists have put together a plan, from start to finish, to takeover America. There will be trouble. The only real question, at this point, is what are the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the NSA and others going to do to stop this? So far, no one in the media is talking about this insurrection, aside from Glenn Beck who told of it months ago. What will you and your family do to do be safe and save our way of life? It is obvious that the commander in chief has no intention of stopping this coming event, these are, after all, his political base.
The purveyors of the Day of Rage have done their best to make their cause sound as if it is Libertarian or Conservative, but as one reads through the material, it becomes apparent that they are masking their origins and intent. Corporations are blamed for much of the ills, including the suppression of “free and fair elections“. Hiding under the guise of ‘one person/one vote’ and campaign finance reform, fitting the ideology of B. Hussein Obama, as stated in his chastising of the Supreme Court during his State of the Union Address, they seek to implement social justice and a democracy, undermining the republic and electoral college process, turning elections into a popularity contest.
The Anti-American organizers of this even, seek to have protests in all fifty state capitols, the nations capitol and to crush the capitalist economy by disrupting Wall Street. Despite repeatedly stating their goal is non-violence, this subversive organization lists the following among their plans:
* They call for civil disobedience and include plans on how to disrupt court, arrest and the jail system.
* Civil disobedience training is available.
* Directions on responding with resistance to being restrained.
* Classes on forming Affinity Groups and collectively resisting law enforcement. Read Full Article Here US Day of Rage Website
193 businesses in California decided o Disinvest and/or Relocatelast year and 79 more followed suit in California so far this year. This represents thousands of lost jobs, high unemployment costs and huge revenue loss to the state.
There’s a FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICITYet, the teachers, through their unions, are demanding more money and job security from Sacramento? Where do they think money comes from? Yeesh!
If you want to track the disaster that is the California business climate, Joe Vranich’s blog ,The Business Relocation Coach is a great place to start. He lists the companies that are moving, where they’re moving to, and how many jobs they will be creating in their new, business-friendly locations. This guy really knows his onions!
California teachers are ready to rumble! According to the San Francisco Chronicle, they are planning a week-long protest in Sacramento over budget cuts due to a $15 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT
(05-08) 09:00 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) —
Calif. teachers call for week of budget protests
Thousands of California teachers are expected to take part in a weeklong series of rallies and sit-ins this week at the Capitol and throughout the state to protest possible spending cuts in the state budget.
Teachers face the threat of mass layoffs, larger classes and the elimination of myriad programs because of California’s $15.4 billion budget shortfall.
The California Teachers Association is pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to back off his call for a special election and instead push GOP lawmakers to directly approve an extension of higher sales, income and vehicle taxes.
Union President David Sanchez says if the taxes aren’t approved, 21,000 teachers will lose their jobs next fall. They’ve already received pink slips.
Freeway billboards bearing the campaign’s tagline, State of Emergency, are up throughout the state.