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  •  Title 18 US Code 871 - discuss . . . / (1+ / 0-)
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    CA wildwoman

    "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

    by leftreborn on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:34:47 PM PST

    •  Part (a) of said statute... (6+ / 0-)
      Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice    President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
      I presume that the original poster of the petition helpfully left his or her contact information.
      •  sfbob, many people don't know that the statute (2+ / 0-)
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        sfbob, sethtriggs

        exists and believe that all kinds of speech about the President are protected.  That isn't so.  There has to be imminent danger which isn't apparent with anonymous threats.  White House petitions have to be submitted electronically and the sending IP address can be used to identify a sending computer.

        "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

        by leftreborn on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:45:57 AM PST

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