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Published on Apr 24, 2012
Adrian Wyllie, Alex Snitker and Loring Smith discuss the Tampa Clean Zone ordinance that suspends the Bill of Rights and makes it illegal to possess everyday items during the 2012 Republican National Convention, ranging from lumber to light bulbs to squirt guns in the entire city of Tampa. Under this ordinance, holding a coffee cup on a public sidewalk could get you arrested and sentenced to 60 days in jail. It also establishes a "Clean Zone" around downtown Tampa, where the First Amendment is void, where freedom of speech and assembly are heavily regulated. The Tampa "Clean Zone" ordinance also ties in nicely with HR 347, also known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 which makes protesting any event where government officials are a federal offense. And just to make sure that Tampa has the muscle to do it, they're spending $50 million in federal grant money by buying tanks.