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State Dept's definition of terrorism

Reader comment on item: Terror & Denial [by Hadayat at LAX]

Submitted by Ed Robbins (United States), Jul 9, 2002 at 15:43


Nice job. Apparently the FBI has decided to adopt the State Department's definition of terrorism in Hadayet matter, which requires some sort of demonstratable link to a recognized terrorist organization. Under the State Department's definition, the OK bombing was not a terrorist act.

Of course, it is obvious why the government is taking this approach. To define Hadayet's act as a terrorist act would condemn every militant Islamist in the country. And we can't have that, can we?

In all events, the government can call Hadayet's act anything it wants, but the label won't change reality. The act was a terrorist act. Hadayet distinguished himself from his fellow travellers by performing an individual terrorist act, instead of merely cheering on the terrorists or giving them money. The question is: How many Hadayet wannabes are floating aroound in this country? This is the question that cannot be discussed.


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