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    Arizona Wants to be Able to Seize the Assets of Protesters

    Anti-Soros, ANTIFA opposition inspired legislation no doubt.
    Might as well put those 'Fusion Centers' to good use right???
    Me no like.

    Arizona Wants to be Able to Seize the Assets of Protesters

    (ANTIMEDIA) If Republicans in Arizona’s senate have their way,
    police in that state could soon have the power to seize assets and property from protesters,
    the Arizona Capitol Times reports.

    From a February 22 article:

    Claiming people are being paid to riot,
    Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power
    to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad —
    even before anything actually happened.

    SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws,
    now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting.
    it redefines what constitutes rioting
    to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.

    “But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association —
    and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets
    of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated.

    Essentially, under this bill cops could arrest anyone at a demonstration that suddenly turns violent,
    however peaceful it might’ve started.
    They would even be able to target people who had nothing to do the property damage.

    Stephen Lemons, writing for the Phoenix New Times,
    covered a hearing on S.B. 1142 by Arizona’s Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

    Highlighting that certain senate Democrats
    “noted the obvious: that public protests often involve different groups with varying tactics,” he pointed out that,
    hypothetically, peaceful protesters could be held responsible
    “for the violent actions of a different faction or of individuals who act out while others remain calm.”

    But it gets even worse than that, as the Arizona Capitol Times pointed out Wednesday:
    “By including rioting in racketeering laws, it actually permits police to arrest those who are planning events.”

    Planning events. Meaning cops will have the authority
    to investigate activists before the demonstrations even take place.

    This is what Republican state senator Sonny Borrelli, the author of S.B. 1142,
    called targeting “the money source” in his defense of the bill before the committee meeting last week.

    Citing the conservative notion that a legion of privately funded progressive protesters
    is clogging up governmental works all over the country,
    Borrelli said the law would go after
    those “paid to go out and create this damage.”

    And if it takes cops infiltrating political groups on the taxpayers’ dime —
    on the razor-thin pretext of maybe preventing a potentially violent demonstration down the road —
    so be it, at least according to Republican attitudes in Arizona.

    “I should certainly hope that our law enforcement people have some undercover people there,”
    state senator John Kavanagh said, referring to police authority under S.B. 1142
    to investigate political demonstrations while in the planning stages.

    “Wouldn’t you rather stop a riot before it starts?” he also said.

    Again, potential riot.

    The bigger issue at play, as noted by the Arizona Capitol Times,
    is the chilling effect such legislation would have on free speech.

    After all,
    if a person could get arrested for simply participating in a political demonstration —
    regardless of their own peaceful motives and actions —
    that person might decline to get involved.

    S.B. 1142 would actively enforce the notion of guilt by association.
    If would punish the innocent who are wishing only to exercise their right of free expression,
    all because of the actions of criminals.

    Last edited by goldenequity; 02-23-2017 at 10:30 PM.

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    Arizona senate needs moved to an abandoned building in Yuma with no AC .
    Do something Danke

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    How about instead of seizing their welfare checks they not give them in the first place.
    All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
    -Albert Camus

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    I want to be able to seize government employees assets when they don't behave as I'd like...

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    George Soros Denies He Is Funding Townhall Protests

    Jimmy Dahman, a former field organizer for the Clinton campaign in Iowa,
    founded the Town Hall Project.
    Dahman claimed on CNN that the town hall events are "all organic and happening at the grassroots level."

    Dahman's group is closely involved with,
    a major progressive activist group that recently launched a website,
    to encourage activists to attend town hall events.

    The Town Hall Project's parent company is The Action Network,
    which was involved in demonstrations against Walmart and the protests in Ferguson.

    The Action Network is located at the same Washington, D.C.,
    address as United We Dream,
    the "largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation."

    United We Dream has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros.
    It began organizing "sanctuary campus" anti-Trump protests shortly after the election.

    The Action Network also shares the same address as Change to Win, the labor organizing group.

    Politico reports, a spokesman for the Soros foundation said in a statement...

    "There have been many false reports about George Soros and the Open Society Foundations
    funding protests in the wake of the U.S. presidential elections,
    there is no truth to these reports."
    **rapid blinking, refuses to look into camera**

    As The Hill reports,
    Trump and some Republican lawmakers have dismissed the protests as the work of “liberal activists.”

    Vice President Pence echoed that sentiment on Thursday
    during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying that
    “liberal activists” at town hall meetings could not prevent Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act.

    “Despite the best efforts of liberal activists at town halls around the country, the American people know better,” Pence said.
    “Obamacare has failed and Obamacare must go.”

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    So, how does this work? Asset forfeiture applies to everyone but vandals preparing to destroy other's property? Or are we just talking about confiscating their baseball bats disguised as flag poles?
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