What BushCo wants, according to the fine print (Sec. 605) of the new PATRIOT Act, is a permanent Praetorian Guard, or Cheka, or Gestapo. It’s all too easy to come up with apt historical analogies–but not with any from this nation’s history.
“A permanent police force, to be known as the ‘United States Secret Service Uniformed Division,'” empowered to “make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence” (what is “an offense against the United States?), “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” (what are “reasonable grounds”?).
I’m not making this up. See the text and URL below.
What will it take to get the press to notice this?
MCM



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′.
America has never had a federal police force, but hidden in the new “Patriot” Act is language that creates just such a beast.

SEC. 605. THE UNIFORMED DIVISION, UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE.

There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the `United States Secret Service Uniformed Division’.

The Secret Service, Uniformed Division will not operate solely in DC, but anywhere former Presidents travel, or foreign dignitaries, or even “as the President, on a case-by-case basis, may direct.” #8

A federal police force, directed by the President. Is this not the Gestapo all over again?

If the new “Patriot” Act passes, the new SSUD federal police can show up at:

(11) An event designated.. as a special event of national significance.
(12) Major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and, within 120 days of the general Presidential electionÅ 

A federal goon squad on hand to arrest any ‘disruptors’ during the next Presidential ElectionÅ  how can you look in the mirror and tell yourself that there’s hope for 2008? Or is that just an excuse to continue doing nothing right now?

Note: This bill comes up in two weeks, to date only myself and Kurt Nimmo have written about it. I’ve written Democracy Now, CommonDreams, etcÅ  nobody wants to touch it.

Please do what you can to break this story
….
http://www.benfrank.net/blog/



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  • Actually, the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service already exists as a “permanent police force”, and has since 1977. See 3 USC 202. And the stuff about special events is already part of the Secret Service’s regular protective mission, and all this bill would do would be to let the guys in uniforms as well as the guys in suits do it.

  • I think it also softens the ground for a federal uniformed police force that isn’t just around when presidents are.

  • We have in Phoenix a Sheriff who recently established a new program on his web site that encourages people to “keep an eye” on their neighbors and even allows them to submit name, address, zip codes ect to “help” the sheriff. reminds one of the “Gestapo” tactics used in Germany, and why yes has a matter of fact the color of the uniforms the maricopa county sheriff’s wear is a brown shirt.

  • You have great credibility with the usual suspects (popular blogs, sites, Air America).

    Why not cross post this on other sites?

  • The Secret Service dates back to 1865… in 1867 their “…responsibilities were broadened to include “detecting persons perpetrating frauds against the government.” This appropriation resulted in investigations into the Ku Klux Klan, non-conforming distillers, smugglers, mail robbers, land frauds, and a number of other infractions against the federal laws.” That’s from http://www.secretservice.gov/history.shtml and it sounds very similar to what The Patriot Act states. I don’t really see anything in the language that could eventually morph into some sort of Gestapo like Hit Squad. I’m a progressive but there comes a point where you have to pick your battles and I really don’t think this is one of them.

  • Is this group the same, or distinct from this group, as revealed back in June ’05?

    http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001506.htm

  • Yeah, I’m an uber left activist :) and I don’t see anything in the language that changes what’s already in place. I’ve had two years of law school and most of the language seems standard. So unless one of the “strike and replace” citations did something funny I don’t think this is anything to get excited over. The NSA on the other hand… THAT is worth acting on.

  • Yes, no need to worry. It’s not like this administration has any history of abusing and distorting its legitimate powers.

  • Whatever happened w/ this? Is there any news on the status of this program?

  • I am just upset at the ignorance of people that say nothing is happening. Just think about that comment. Why would you go through the actions, spend time, utilize lawyers and a vote to do nothing. Why would a lawyer come onto this site and say nothing is happening and everyone is just making things up. Either that person is truly Ignorant like many unbelievers in the changes in our freedoms or they are a government employee that enjoys disinformation at any sites that question the new powers of our federal and my case local government.

    We have an entire destructive Generation. The 60’s created a movement towards communism and on the opposite side, people obsessed with utilizing police to control society. Our youth are the once’s most effected.

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