First the federal government published a manual identifying American citizens concerned about abortion or the Second Amendment to the Constitution as potential terrorists, spurring widespread outrage. Now Virginia has got into the game according to Fredericksburg.com in a new and entirely unprecedented way. If you care about property rights and the Commonwealth wrongly seizing property under eminent domain you are — no kidding — not a threat, not a potential terrorist, but an actual terrorist.
A Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s training manual (”Terrorism & Security Awareness Orientation for State Employees”) has labeled “property rights activists” as terrorists.
The manual contains a list of “Terrorist Organizations,” and includes Hamas, al-Qaida, and Hezbollah; street gangs; racist, separatist, and hate groups; and, shockingly, “property rights activists.” They were listed as terrorists because they “undermine confidence in the government” and “influence government or social policy.”
After members of the public became aware of the manual and a legal organization sent a letter to the governor, Virginia replaced “property rights activists” with “property rights extremists: anti-eminent domain.” So, Virginia’s current manual still lists citizens who oppose the government’s use of eminent domain as terrorists.
The article helpfully notes that folks like James Madison and George Mason would probably fall into this categorization, given how these founders spoke so passionately about protecting private property from the power of government. Nice to see the Department of Emergency Management has decided to come down so squarely against the 1776 Declaration of Rights.
In my mind any group of people armed with weapons seeking to destroy the Constitution of Virginia and replace “Sic Semper Tyrannis” with “Tyrants R’ Us” kind of fits that terrorist identification better than I. I wonder when the Department of Homeland Security starts conducting raids in Richmond and hauling a bunch of brain-dead bureaucrats off to Gitmo.
It can’t be too soon.
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