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You're reading a very narrow

You're reading a very narrow meaning of the word property.
"property" means anything belonging to or under direct control of the United States...for example, members of the Military are property of the United States; federal prisoners are property of the United States; slaves were property of their owners.

Google "chattel"

    CHATTELS, property. A term which includes all kinds of property, except the freehold or things which are parcel of it. It is a more extensive term than goods or effects. Debtors taken in execution, captives, apprentices, are accounted chattels. Godol. Orph. Leg. part 3, chap. 6, Sec. 1.