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We’re All Terrorists Now

By Greg L | 30 January 2011 | Virginia Politics | 19 Comments

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.

Wow.

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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19 Comments

  1. Loudoun Insider said on 31 Jan 2011 at 12:01 am:
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    This is OUTRAGEOUS! Whoever wrote/approved that manual should be fired. Immediately.

  2. Gertrude Schtunnk said on 31 Jan 2011 at 12:34 am:
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    Uh oh…and just this past week, at the Methodist Ladies Quilting “Bee”, the conversation of property rights and eminent domain was one of the hotly debated “topics at large”, discussed over coffee and freshly glazed Kristy Kreme donuts! So, now as I understand it, the “Virginia No Fly List” would consist of such radical extremists as Hamas, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Street Gangs, The Presbyterian Ladies Quilting Bee, James Madison, George Mason, (can you believe they named 2 high schools and 2 universities after 2 property rights extremists??) et.al.
    My God, next thing you know they’ll be building monuments to the likes of George Washington (talk about extreme….) or Thomas Jefferson. Cooch, where are you??

  3. David Ruttenberg said on 31 Jan 2011 at 7:12 am:
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    Welcome to my world.

  4. WThell? said on 31 Jan 2011 at 7:29 am:
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    unbelievable…..just unbelievable.

  5. Loudoun Insider said on 31 Jan 2011 at 9:21 am:
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    “They were listed as terrorists because they “undermine confidence in the government” and “influence government or social policy.””

    Well, Greg, how soon before critical bloggers like us are listed as terrorists then???

  6. Jack said on 31 Jan 2011 at 10:59 am:
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    If groups that “undermine confidence in the government” are terrorists, wouldn’t government officials themselves be terrorists?

  7. Citizen12 said on 31 Jan 2011 at 11:50 am:
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    HEY, ERIC HOLDER!

    Can you say, “radical property owner” ?

    How about, “property rights extremist” ?

    Attorney General Eric Holder won’t say “radical Islam”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp6a_nClgK4

  8. Maureen said on 31 Jan 2011 at 12:07 pm:
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    It’s the government’s way to try to get the “little” people to shut up. You think being called a racist is bad, then have the government call you a terrorist.

    Okay Delegates and Senators, you need to take care of this.

  9. Austin said on 31 Jan 2011 at 12:43 pm:
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    Developers and the people selling their land to such, have been called terrorists for years by some local groups. Sounds like the government has made it official.

  10. Cynic said on 31 Jan 2011 at 1:37 pm:
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    Loudoun Insider,

    Would bet that a few of us are already on their LIST!

    And, would bet that liberals who frequent this site, frequently nominate some of us for their LIST!

  11. Robert L. Duecaster said on 31 Jan 2011 at 3:45 pm:
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    “You think being called a racist is bad, then have the government call you a terrorist.”

    It’s just like water off a duck’s ass.

  12. Loudoun Insider said on 31 Jan 2011 at 4:23 pm:
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    Probably so, Cynic. I too am quite cynical about all this BS!

  13. Anonymous said on 31 Jan 2011 at 5:18 pm:
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    The meaning of property rights

    “Property rights” is a multi-faceted concept, encompassing a great many things, and even though many today have probably never even heard the phrase, just as many are still keenly aware of a significant portion of its meaning, for the central tenet of the philosophy merely holds that man has a property interest in his own being, is therefore master of himself, and is entitled to freedom of conscience and freedom of self-determination. But as the phrase clearly implies, there is an economic aspect involved here also, and it is that very practical and prosaic aspect that most concerned the Framers.

    When the Framers refer reverently to property (and they almost always speak of property in overtly religious terms) they mean not just land, as a great many mistakenly believe when first exposed to the philosophy, but to all of one’s possessions — his books, his shoes, his pillow shams, his houses, his rusty rakes hanging in the shed, and most certainly his money, his paychecks, his bank accounts — anything, in short, produced by his labor.

    http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0811e.asp

  14. Disguated said on 31 Jan 2011 at 7:17 pm:
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    @Greg L said:

    “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.”

    I think George III had a head start on the hating!

  15. Lloyd the Idiot said on 31 Jan 2011 at 9:55 pm:
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    I’m calling BS on this whole thing. SHOW ME THE MANUAL! Where’s the link? I haven’t been able to track it down, so I question whether it exists.

  16. Anonymous said on 31 Jan 2011 at 10:48 pm:
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    Bottom line: The first right protected by the Constitution is the right of property. Without that protection, the Constitution is irrelevant.

  17. Anonymous said on 31 Jan 2011 at 11:01 pm:
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    For crying out loud, do a search, Lazy Idiot…

    Page 4

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_BK7hBT9gJ0J:crimlaw.blogspot.com/VATerrorismManual.pdf+(%22Terrorism+%26+Security+Awareness+Orientation+for+State+Employees%22)&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com

    http://crimlaw.blogspot.com/VATerrorismManual.pdf

  18. Lloyd the Idiot said on 2 Feb 2011 at 8:45 am:
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    First of all, I did search the OFFICIAL VA site for anything like this and couldn’t find it. Second, it still strikes me as not an official document given the cover, tone and reference to Mark Warner as the governor. I again question whether it’s something in use today.

  19. Anonymous said on 2 Feb 2011 at 7:18 pm:
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    http://www.infowars.com/articles/terror/terror_manual_says_property_rights_activists_terrorists.htm

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