Terrorism is a tactic, which is also defined as a particularly nasty crime. There are a lot of definitions, but I tend to use various versions of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations:
…the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).
So tell me, how does the following meet the definition of terrorism?
A 14-year-old boy who allegedly kidnapped a classmate at knifepoint and was later found with a backpack full of restraining devices and weapons will be charged with terrorism, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said. The Mesa boy, who attended Powell Junior High School, also faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and carrying weapons on a school campus.
A very bad crime? Yep. Terrorism? Nope. Only in the heads of over-zealous prosecutors who don’t understand terrorism, or the risks of abusing the laws against it.
This kid needs to be dealt with, but how can you possibly compare this to real terrorist acts?
This is a sick kid. Not a terrorist.