Our very own Praetorian Guard?

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The Uniformed Division of the Secret Service.has been around for quite some time, protecting embasssies and do act in DC, but it seems that a clause of the Patriot Act would have their act go National.
I’ve put the entire text of the section of the Patriot act in the Extended Entry. Reading it, not being a lawyer, it sounds like to me, buried amongst more reasonable things is the fact that:
“…empowered to “make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence” … “or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony.”
Does showing up as a protestor at a rally for Bush count as a offense against the United States? How about just wearing a “Bush sucks!” t-shirt outside of the White House? And if you don’t think they would go that far, you’ve not been living in America the last five years.


SEC. 605. THE UNIFORMED DIVISION, UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE.
(a) In General- Chapter 203 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 3056 the following:
`Sec. 3056A. Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service Uniformed Division
`(a) There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the `United States Secret Service Uniformed Division’. Subject to the supervision of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division shall perform such duties as the Director, United States Secret Service, may prescribe in connection with the protection of the following:
`(1) The White House in the District of Columbia.
`(2) Any building in which Presidential offices are located.
`(3) The Treasury Building and grounds.
`(4) The President, the Vice President (or other officer next in the order of succession to the Office of President), the President-elect, the Vice President-elect, and their immediate families.
`(5) Foreign diplomatic missions located in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia.
`(6) The temporary official residence of the Vice President and grounds in the District of Columbia.
`(7) Foreign diplomatic missions located in metropolitan areas (other than the District of Columbia) in the United States where there are located twenty or more such missions headed by full-time officers, except that such protection shall be provided only–
`(A) on the basis of extraordinary protective need;
`(B) upon request of an affected metropolitan area; and
`(C) when the extraordinary protective need arises at or in association with a visit to–
`(i) a permanent mission to, or an observer mission invited to participate in the work of, an international organization of which the United States is a member; or
`(ii) an international organization of which the United States is a member;
except that such protection may also be provided for motorcades and at other places associated with any such visit and may be extended at places of temporary domicile in connection with any such visit.
`(8) Foreign consular and diplomatic missions located in such areas in the United States, its territories and possessions, as the President, on a case-by-case basis, may direct.
`(9) Visits of foreign government officials to metropolitan areas (other than the District of Columbia) where there are located twenty or more consular or diplomatic missions staffed by accredited personnel, including protection for motorcades and at other places associated with such visits when such officials are in the United States to conduct official business with the United States Government.
`(10) Former Presidents and their spouses, as provided in section 3056(a)(3) of title 18.
`(11) An event designated under section 3056(e) of title 18 as a special event of national significance.
`(12) Major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and, within 120 days of the general Presidential election, the spouses of such candidates, as provided in section 3056(a)(7) of title 18.
`(13) Visiting heads of foreign states or foreign governments.
`(b)(1) Under the direction of the Director of the Secret Service, members of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division are authorized to–
`(A) carry firearms;
`(B) make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony; and
`(C) perform such other functions and duties as are authorized by law.
`(2) Members of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division shall possess privileges and powers similar to those of the members of the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia.
`(c) Members of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division shall be furnished with uniforms and other necessary equipment.
`(d) In carrying out the functions pursuant to paragraphs (7) and (9) of subsection (a), the Secretary of Homeland Security may utilize, with their consent, on a reimbursable basis, the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of State and local governments, and is authorized to reimburse such State and local governments for the utilization of such services, personnel, equipment, and facilities. The Secretary of Homeland Security may carry out the functions pursuant to paragraphs (7) and (9) of subsection (a) by contract. The authority of this subsection may be transferred by the President to the Secretary of State. In carrying out any duty under paragraphs (7) and (9) of subsection (a), the Secretary of State is authorized to utilize any authority available to the Secretary under title II of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956.’.
(b) Amendment to Table of Sections- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 203 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3056 the following new item:
3056A. Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service Uniformed Division.
(c) Conforming Repeal to Effectuate Transfer- Chapter 3 of title 3, United States Code, is repealed.
(d) Conforming Amendments to Laws Affecting District of Columbia- (1) Section 1537(d) of title 31, United States Code, is amended–
(A) by striking `and the Executive Protective Service’ and inserting `and the Secret Service Uniformed Division’; and
(B) by striking `their protective duties’ and all that follows and inserting `their protective duties under sections 3056 and 3056A of title 18.’
(2) Section 204(e) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act (sec. 6–1304(e), D.C. Official Code) is amended by striking `section 202 of title 3, United States Code, or section 3056′ and inserting `sections 3056 or 3056A’.
(3) Section 214(a) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act (sec. 6–1313(a), D.C. Official Code) is amended by striking `sections 202(8) and 208 of title 3′ and inserting `section 3056A(a)(7) and (d) of title 18′.
(e) Additional Conforming Amendments-
(1) Title 12, United States Code, section 3414, `Special procedures’, is amended by striking `3 U.S.C. 202′ in subsection (a)(1)(B) and inserting `18 U.S.C. 3056A’.
(2) The State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 is amended–
(A) in the first sentence of section 37(c) (22 U.S.C. 2709(c)), by striking `section 202 of title 3, United States Code, or section 3056 of title 18, United States Code’ and inserting `section 3056 or 3056A of title 18, United States Code’;
(B) in section 204(e) (22 U.S.C. 4304(e)), by striking `section 202 of title 3, United States Code, or section 3056 of title 18, United States Code’ and inserting `section 3056 or 3056A of title 18, United States Code’; and
(C) in section 214(a) (22 U.S.C. 4314(a)), by striking `sections 202(7) and 208 of title 3, United States Code’ and inserting `subsections (a)(7) and (d) of section 3056A of title 18, United States Code’.
(3) Section 8D(a)(1)(F) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended by striking `section 202 of title 3′ and inserting `section 3056A of title 18′.
(4) Section 8I(a)(1)(E) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended by striking `section 202 of title 3′ and inserting `section 3056A of title 18′.

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  1. Yes and yes again, whyz.ache.err, I’ll own up to it. There is a ton of personal animus in my campaign to get the “smirking chimp”, also known as “dum’ya botch”, impeached. It’s not at all like I don’t have cause. For one thing, what he’s peddling as, get this, “terrorist surveillance” ain’t Shinola.
    I’m hoping you’ll grant me the small favor of patience. I would like you, at first, to read straight through to the end of this text, without clicking on any of the enclosed hyperlinks.
    In case, you’d like to know, the hyperlink to your blog, specifically, “Blog, Jvstin Style”, is found at the third hyperlink on the list below … ah, please remember, no clicking until AFTER reading the entire text.
    Perusing your blog, I believe I arrived at what is a reasonable inference. That is, both you and your readers concur with my interpretation of “terrorist surveillance”. Wood’ja (?) buh-leave! A civilian like me, and up to his ears in credit card debt, could come up with a game plan to snag Osama bin Ladin.
    As for my plan for capturing Osama, again I should like to ask to refrain from clicking on any enclosed hyperlink, until AFTER you’ve read the entirety of the text.
    http://hewhoisknownassefton.blogspot.com/2006/01/osama-and-our-president-dumass-botch_20.html
    The hyperlink just above this sentence leads to my game plan. If you’ve gotten this far on the first read, without clicking on any of the enclosed hyperlinks, congrats!
    Whatever the case, remind or prepare, please keep in mind that it’s a good bet that everything else to snag bin Ladin has already been tried. I think it’s time we tried drawing on one of the few activities Americans do better than any other national group, music and pizza delivery being among those few activities.
    http://hewhoisknownassefton.blogspot.com/2006/01/danger-senator-specter-danger.html
    oh, yeah, and here’s the third hyperlink:
    http://www.reachm.com/amstreet/states-writes.htm#MN
    toodles
    ……\
    .he who is known as sefton
    oh, yes, surely, you’ve heard about the government “requesting” certain records about internet activity. oh, br’dah! … cynical and skeptical lil’ole me, I’m smelling a rat in all that. Quite candidly, I have cause to suspect that more than compiling statistics on access to pornographic websites is involved.
    oh, yeah, right after Hitler came to power, the German people were assured that, if they were innocent of untoward activity, they would have nothing to worry about … yeah, right.
    Incidentally, the second hyperlink leads to a piece that relates to governmental eavesdropping WITHOUT a warrant.

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