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November 30, 2009



Martha's mistake was to take to the Feds at all - without a lawyer present even before being charged with anything. Don't ever "cooperate", or your mental slip or shading will run you afoul of this law.

What they need to do is erect a TSA station so everyone entering the whitehouse will have to take their shoes off and have things X-Rayed just like the average joe at any airport.

"You mean we have to start living under the same security theater we are imposing on everyone else?"

kay sieverding

White House Invitations could be coded with a bar code and then the guests scanned. A guest accepting an invitation could be required to upload a recent photo, drivers license number, even a description of what they will be wearing.


Wow. Good thing you posted the link to the actual statute. Reading *it* it becomes pretty clear that this law doesn't apply to this scenario.

Both of the snippets you included were part of subsection (a):
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully -
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent
statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

Reading down to subsection (c), you find:
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to -
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or

(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.

Looks like they're every bit as in the clear of *this* statute as they are of the trespassing statutes.

DA Citizen

How is this situation any different than all the illegal immigrants in this country?

Obama stands ready to grant amnesty to millions who have broken the law by being somewhere they are/were not supposed to be.

In particular to this article, illegal immigrants, too, make a number of "false statements."

The Democratic healthcare bill does not mandate the production of documents to prove citizenship-- allowing illegal immigrants to simply self-declare -- and that appears to be quite okay with the President.

As for trespassing? Are not illegals trespassing? Have they not been told to leave?

At least the Salahis are US citizens. Citizens simply accessing their government.

K3 in Dallas

Couldn't agree more. When did visiting the White House become such a joke? Seems to me that a few years ago the White House will still respected and honored, and was not viewed as publicity stunt or a party to crash. I think the Sahilis need to be seriously punished for their acts, and the media needs to boycott their interviews. Shame on anyone who pays this couple a penny for their story.

Ivan White

Something needs to happen to these 'clowns' that crashed the state dinner or the entire incident will be repeated. Next time 'the crashes' might not be as friendly toward the President!

It would also be of interest to learn what action, if any, was taken regarding the individual(s) who were responsible for letting the couple in.


Hey, remember when Martha Stewart went to prison over some penny-ante alleged insider trading? These two morons can do some time for this.

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