Daniel Hertz
In These Times
March 10, 2012

In certain corners of the Internet, concern has been gathering about another so-called “Anti-Occupy” bill.

Last week, H.R. 347, otherwise known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, passed the House 399-3, and on Thursday it was signed into law by President Obama. In response, bloggers from the libertarian Daily Paul to the leftist Daily Kos accused the federal government of gutting the First Amendment.

Did something important happen while the rest of us were rolling our eyes at Rush Limbaugh?

According to the ACLU, there is indeed something disturbing about H.R. 347—but it had already been part of federal law long before last week.

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