Who would have thought on September 12, 2001 that the next people to attack us would be our own government?
The state of Virginia had a prominent presence at the First and Second Continental Congress as they met against the Coercive Acts enacted by Britain against the first 13 colonies. From these Continental Congress meetings the state of Virginia gave us Richard Lee who would move for independence George Washington who led the battle for independence from Britain. The City of Charlottesville, VA gave us founding father and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. Virginia lead for independence is not from foreign governance of a colonizer but, from governance that is foreign to our Constitution by those sworn to protect it.
The Coercive Acts of the 1700’s gave powers of a king to the Governor of Massachusetts as the results of the dissent presented by the Boston Tea Party. This led to the forming of the Continental Congress. The same powers of a king have been given to the last two Presidents post September 11, 2001 by the Patriot Act, NDAA and other government “memos.” They too brought into question the movement of trials, appropriation of punishment and proof of guilt or innocence. Rather than legislation and was to benefit oil companies, it was legislation to benefit a tea company. Centuries later, the state of Virginia again has a prominence in bringing coercive governance into question.
The war against supposed terror has done a full circle and come home to roost.