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Terrorism Insurance


A friend of mine was renewing the insurance policy on his condo the other day and there was an extra attachment titled ‘Notice of Terrorism Insurance Coverage’.  I had never heard of this before.

Other than having to be “certified” by the feds as “terrorism”, the description fits pretty much everything the US government does: violence and coercion.

It states, in part:

You are hereby notified that under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, that you now have a right to purchase insurance coverage for losses arising out of acts of terrorism, as define in Section 102(1) of the Act, as amended: The term “act of terrorism” means any act this is certified by the Secretary of the Treasury, in concurrence with the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General of the United States-to be an act of terrorism; to be a violent act or an act that is dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; to have resulted in damage within the United States, or outside the United States in the case of an air carrier or vessel or the premises of a United States mission; and to have been committed by an individual or individuals, as part of an effort to coerce the civilian population of the United States or to influence the policy or affect the conduct of the United States Government by coercion.

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