And here's another definition provided by the FBI:premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets (read the rest of the definition here)
Some people are arguing that he was not part of a larger plot or that he did not have the goal of terrorizing the populace. Um really? He flew an airplane into a government office building with people INSIDE OF IT. I'm pretty sure that qualifies as more than just committing suicide. By this logic, every suicide bomber is just a little disgruntled at the government. Please.Domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.
There is not a credible definition of terrorism that does not include the act of flying a plane into a building filled with civilians as a political statement. Stack is evidently not religiously motivated, but that does not change the definition at all. If he acted alone, then he’s what the Department of Homeland Security has recently taken to calling a lone-wolf extremist.
Update: So now that an extremist right wing group is celebrating Mr. Stack flying his stolen plane into a govenment building can we now call it terrorism?
Update II: Suspect also planted a car bomb at the airport which is currently being defused by the bomb squad. Is he a terrorist yet? Sheesh.