Says video cameras, binoculars, sketch pads are terrorist tools
Virginia training manual used to help state employees recognize terrorists
lists anti-government and property rights activists as terrorists and includes
binoculars, video cameras, pads and notebooks in a compendium of terrorist tools.
The manual, discovered by the Virginia News Source, is keen to emphasize that
terrorists are not only Middle Eastern in scope and the main focus is afforded
to domestic terrorism.
Included with Hamas, Al-Qaeda and Islamic Jihad, the following groups
are identified as terrorist organizations.
In any anti-government and militia movements
Are property-rights activists
Are in any racist, separatist and hate groups
Are an environmental and animal rights activist
Are a religious extremist
Are in a street gang
Presumably, tourists, journalists, hikers, bird-watchers, scuba divers,
artists, painters, and anyone who takes a photograph is also now a terrorists
according to the official list of terrorist paraphernalia provided.
- sketch pads or notebooks
- maps or charts
- still or video camera
- hand held tape recorder
- SCUBA equipment
Reading further into the manual, associations between domestic terrorists and
the supporting the American Revolution are subtly made. In Alex Jones' 2001
The Road To Tyranny, FEMA officials give a seminar in which they identify
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers as terrorists.
The manual encourages people to report any suspicious activity to an authority
figure. Presumably, if property rights activism is deemed suspicious then anyone
protesting or communicating about the recent eminent domain issue will be reported
and investigated on grounds of terrorism.
The manual concludes by encouraging state employees to seek more information from
FEMA and Homeland Security.
Shortly after 9/11 a Phoenix
FBI manual that was disseminated amongst federal employees at the end of
the Clinton term caused waves on the Internet after it was revealed that potential
terrorists included, "defenders of the US Constitution against federal
government and the UN, " and individuals who "make numerous references
to the US Constitution." Lawyers everywhere cowered in fear at being shipped
off to Gitmo.
This manual is another surreal and frightening reminder that government
officials are being trained to embrace a Gestapo like mentality whereby any
political activism or even individualistic outdoor leisure activity is deemed
to be suspicious and a possible indication of terrorism.
here to read the Virginia manual in full.