ACLU OPPOSES PATRIOT ACT PROVISION
"It's cementing the trend of the Secret Service basically acting to arrest or harass or control dissenters, and now not just at presidential events but at other events," said Timothy H. Edgar, the ACLU's national security counsel.
The bill adds language prohibiting people from "willfully and knowingly" entering a restricted area "where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting." The measure also applies to security breaches "in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance," according to the bill.
The Secret Service is authorized to charge suspects with breaching security or disruptive behavior at National Special Security Events... Penalties for such violations would increase from six months to a year in prison.