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About that anti-antifa bill…

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There has been renewed interest in a bill proposed recently in the House which would create stiff fines and prison terms for people wearing masks to conceal their identity while committing acts of violence or otherwise infringing on the constitutionally protected rights of their fellow citizens in the public square. The name of the bill leaves little to the imagination since it’s referred to as the Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018. The bill was introduced by Dan Donovan (R-NY) and sponsored by three of his GOP colleagues, Peter King (NY), Paul Gosar (AZ) and Ted Budd (NC).

As the Hill reports, this is provoking some unexpected reactions on both sides of the aisle.

Antifa activists, who often wear masks and engage in a multitude of actions, have gained nationwide attention for engaging in violent clashes. Many activists in the movement have garnered attention for disrupting actions planned by white supremacist groups.

The bill was introduced in the House last month but received renewed attention on Tuesday after alt-right personality Mike Cernovich encouraged his followers to call their representatives and “let them know what you think” about the legislation.

Antifa activists, who often wear masks and engage in a multitude of actions, have gained nationwide attention for engaging in violent clashes. Many activists in the movement have garnered attention for disrupting actions planned by white supremacist groups.

If you happen to be of a conservative bent, there’s obviously a temptation to stand up and cheer for a bill such as this, particularly given the amount of trouble Antifa has caused at various demonstrations and on college campuses where conservative speakers have appeared. And perhaps there’s room for such a bill in federal law, but we really need to proceed cautiously here. In the first place, naming a bill after a particular, obviously partisan group is a bad idea. If it’s illegal to intimidate or attempt to silence any group of individuals while wearing a disguise which covers your face, then it’s illegal for everyone not just Antifa. (You can read the full text of the bill here and make up your own mind.)

Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.

Then there’s the question of whether or not we can go that far in regulating the behavior of people at protests. Obviously, if anyone is engaging in physical violence they are already breaking existing laws. But shouting and intimidating people? That brings us into some dicier territory.

The key focus of this proposed legislation, however, has less to do with the actions of the attackers and more to do with what they are wearing. Can we punish someone additionally for wearing a mask while committing a crime? Can we punish them at all for wearing a mask if they aren’t doing something illegal in addition to their choice of headgear?

Turns out that we can… sort of. We’ve actually been doing it for a long time, stretching right up through the present day. Various courts below SCOTUS have examined the question and arrived at different answers, but these were almost always state or municipal laws under discussion. New York has had an anti-mask law on the books since the middle of the 19th century, with obvious exceptions for holidays, religious ceremonies, funerals or people requiring protective gear while working. Many more states passed similar laws to prevent the Klan from marching while masked, largely in the first half of the 20th century.

Georgia used just such a law to go after “counterprotesters” just this year. Their law has been challenged multiple times and upheld by the state supreme court. But laws in other states were struck down for being overly broad and infringing the free speech rights of the masked protesters or even assuring the right to speak anonymously.

If we actually pass a federal law forbidding masks at public demonstrations, either as a single act or as a “multiplier” while committing acts of violence, it will probably head to the Supreme Court. That will be an interesting fight to observe. Do you have a right to be “anonymous” while protesting in the public square? I’m not entirely sure that question has been definitively answered. But when it goes beyond just masks, the rules are clear. The moment the first brick is thrown it’s no longer a protest. It’s a riot.

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Obama’s Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!

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Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!

James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation –

According to Obama’s former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

Clapper said –

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

The cat is out of the bag.

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It’s a special day on the Sunday shows when socialism’s new superstar drops by to show off her intellectual chops.

She’ll be on “Face the Nation” along with her idol, Bernie Sanders, as they campaign together in Kansas for a progressive Democrat running for Mike Pompeo’s old House seat. Why they’re wasting their time there, I have no idea: It’s a R+15 district. Presumably the idea is to draw big crowds so that other socialist candidates across the country can point to it and say, “See? Even in the heartland they want hard-leftism.”

Otherwise it’s likely to be wall-to-wall chatter about Trump and Putin today. Adam Schiff will be the lead guest on “This Week,” where he’ll say Adam-Schiff-type things about collusion and kompromat. The top-billed Republican, meanwhile, is Marco Rubio, who took some heat this week after claiming that he was satisfied with POTUS’s “I said ‘would’ when I meant to say ‘wouldn’t’” walkback of the Putin press conference. He’ll sit down with “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” for some “Are you serious?” questions and will also likely be pressed on Trump’s commitment to NATO. Rubio’s a hawk of almost McCain-ian proportions, but unlike McCain he has a long career ahead of him potentially and therefore needs to stay on Trump’s good side. He’ll do his best this morning to be diplomatic with his criticism of the president’s NATO skepticism.

If you can stand it, John Kerry will also be on “Face the Nation” to condemn Trump for not showing as much strength towards an enemy as Kerry himself did with, er, Iran. The full line-up is at the AP.

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DEVELOPING: DOJ Releasing Docs Related to FISA Warrants on Carter Page

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On Friday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and were on the way to JW headquarters.

Almost one year ago to the day, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for the following documents:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

“Judicial Watch may finally get the infamous spy warrants the Obama administration and Deep State used while conspiring with the Clinton campaign to target then-candidate and now President Trump. It took a year, but the stonewall and cover-up, we hope, begins to end today,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.


Tom Fitton updated and said the docs were Fed Ex’ed.

Fitton appeared on Fox News early Saturday morning to discuss the new development.

Tom Fitton expects the documents to have redactions, however he said on Fox News, “I suspect we’ll get more answers. We won’t get all the answers we want, so the fight will continue.”

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The new FISA warrant documents have not been released at the time of this publication, however; The Gateway Pundit will update as soon as the documents are available.

Update: Tom Fitton says he expects to receive the corrupt FISA docs by Monday.

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