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Submitted by Daniel Rhone (United States), Feb 24, 2005 at 01:58

I just discovered this site and am fascinated by it - especially this article.

My question (not a comment, either directly or back-handedly) is this: Where does the line exist between personally motivated and executed hate crime and organized terrorism?

I suppose one factor is whether the person commiting the act has a social and or economic support system that facilitates the act. It would then, I suppose, be logical to consider the crime the action of a group. Does that then include murders of impulse, or opportunity by a member of such a support system, even if it wasn't premeditated?

Do we now consider all hate crimes to be acts of terrorism?
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