Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is being accused of devising an illegal and alarming scheme to redefine domestic terrorism that targets speech and could lead to the arrest or involuntary commitment of conservatives for expressing objection mainstream positions.
Ferguson has taken the position that certain conservative viewpoints, or any information it deems as "misinformation," constitute examples of "domestic extremism." Furthermore, Ferguson has expressed a desire to establish a Washington-based equivalent of the Ministry of Truth, which would finance journalists to promote his political agenda, according to KTTH talk host Jason Rantz.
The host noted further on his site:
HB 1333 would create a left-wing Domestic Violent Extremism Commission in the AG’s office. The members are asked to recommend legislative “solutions to combat disinformation and misinformation, address early signs of radicalization, and develop a public health-style response.”
But this isn’t a “public health” issue, or it would be housed in the Department of Health. It’s intended to legally penalize, or legally commit, political adversaries. The commission’s “comprehensive” report must evaluate current laws and tools to tackle what they’re calling extremism and propose new legislation where there are holes.
"Based on the title and the public-facing press statements, Washingtonians may be fooled into thinking this is about violence or terrorism. It even has a built-in means of deflection: If you criticize the bill, bad-faith partisans like Ferguson and his enablers will accuse you of supporting white supremacy. Don’t let them fool you," Rantz noted.
The commission has been structured to specifically target conservatives and silence any dissent against the government, which is why the legislation deliberately excludes Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) extremists, and even goes so far as to endorse their tactics. Snohomish County Councilmember Megan Dunn testified in support of the bill, and has previously approved of Molotov cocktail attacks as a "good reminder" for people to become civically engaged.
So, literally, she and leftist Democrats who think like her are the domestic terrorists, not conservatives who legitimately raise questions of doubt in certain circumstances.
But even if conservatives did not raise legitimate questions and concerns, the Constitution's First Amendment speech and expression guarantees protect such remarks; they amendment does not distinguish what constitutes a "lie," since one person's 'lie' may actually be the truth, and vice-versa.
The Attorney General's definition of "domestic violent extremism" extends beyond political violence, and may not even involve physical violence at all. Ferguson includes activities such as "online disinformation" and "anti-government ideologies" as examples of the conduct that they aim to target, Rantz continued.
During a House Committee presentation on extremism in Washington, a representative from the Anti-Defamation League presented examples of extremist behavior at the local and regional levels, with a primary focus on white supremacist violence and propaganda. This focus remained despite the fact that the state has seen relatively few incidents perpetrated by such hate groups, he continued.
"Notably, the presentation did not include a single mention of Black Lives Matter or Antifa violence, despite a sustained, months-long, and relentless stream of politically-inspired violence and threats that led to the murder of two black boys inside the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), a violent bat attack to the head of a police officer, and attempt to burn officers alive inside a police precinct that left-wing radicals attempted to seal shut," Rantz wrote.
The American left is a counterrevolutionary force that seeks to destroy our existing culture, society, and traditional values so they can reimpose top-down Marxist/Communist control. Legislation and rules like Ferguson is pushing prove that.