‘Tres­pass’ bill could be abused

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

In his re­cent Op-ed, Judge An­drew Napoli­tano was cor­rect in pub­licly ques­tion­ing the scope of H.R. 347, the “Tres­pass bill” (“Can the Se­cret Ser­vice tell you to shut up?” Com­men­tary, March 16).

I find it odd that a Se­nate, which has not been able to agree on a bud­get in three years, can sud­denly speak in uni­son on a bill that opens the door to plac­ing un­rea­son­able lim­its on free speech. As a for­mer lead agent on the pres­i­dent’s pro­tec­tion de­tail, I can as­sure you that ev­ery agent is a highly trained pro­fes­sional and is fo­cused on pro­tect­ing the of­fice or des­ig­nated pro­tectee, not the poli­cies or agenda. Re­gard­less, this bill places far too much dis­cre­tionary power in the hands of our gov­ern­ment law en­force­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

If used ju­di­ciously, H.R. 347 could serve as a valu­able law en­force­ment tool. If it is abused, it is our obli­ga­tion to pre­serve our con­sti­tu­tional lib­er­ties and press for changes in the law or to vote out of of­fice those at­tempt­ing to sub­ju­gate the law.


Sev­erna Park, Md.

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