The Washington State Domestic Extremism bill – SHB 1333 – creates a commission composed of both Democrats and Republicans to find ways of creating legislation in an attempt to prevent domestic terrorism. This, on top of their state’s unconstitutional gun laws, is a plan that could decimate your First Amendment rights.
“We want to figure out how to prevent it before it happens because once the violence happens, everybody’s gonna suffer the consequences.” Rep. Bill Ramos to KING 5.
Rep Bill Ramos introduced SHB 1333 based on a Washington state Attorney General’s report. The Attorney General’s report from 2021 specifically targets “online disinformation, anti-government ideologies and the “general spread of extreme white supremacism” as examples of domestic violent extremism.” (Fox news)
During the Obama administration, the domestic extremism mantra was pushed to the point that it has now become a weapon against ordinary people over simply disagreeing with the powers-that-be.
A note on terminology: “domestic terrorism” (DT) is an undefined term in the Revised Code of Washington, but is defined in the U.S. Code as “activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.” 3 Although this is a useful working definition, because the statutory term “domestic terrorism” necessarily includes “acts dangerous to human life,” it fails to capture the full scope of the problem Washington State faces, which encompasses other forms of extremist and political violence; threats, coercion, and intimidation; online disinformation; extremist recruitment and government infiltration efforts; and the general spread of extreme white supremacist, antigovernment, and other ideologies. Accordingly, rather than exclusively address “domestic terrorism” per se, these recommendations seek to best support Washington State to respond to this panoply of challenges, which together combine to create the threat of—and indeed, are often precursors to—acts of domestic terrorism. Consistent with the approach taken by the FBI and DHS,4 we describe this using the umbrella term “domestic violent extremism” or “DVE.” Relatedly, because effective State intervention to address these threats has the potential to implicate speech or association that may be protected by the First Amendment, or the individual right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment, we include a recommendation that all stakeholders involved in the whole-of-society response outlined herein be trained to have a solid, high-level understanding of constitutional principles that may be implicated by the State’s response to DVE.
Translation: the government will tell you what the truth is, and you don’t get to think about it on your own. Then they want to prosecute anyone who disagrees. It’s also a sort of “thought police.” SHB 1333 also may ban anyone from private employment who has the “earmarks” of a Domestic Violent Extremist (DVE). Washington State already has a law the decertifies any law enforcement official who is considered a DVE (SB 5051). The problem is that with liberals in charge, such a law would likely be used against any Conservative voices. Would leftist groups like Antifa be ignored?
“This bill will create a two-tiered justice system where some people have free speech and others don’t, and that is a dangerous path for us to be set upon.” Liv Finne, director for education at the Washington Policy Center
Yes, Ms Finne, this is a dangerous path.
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