Comment: What is a terrorist?

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What is a terrorist?

I posted this on another thread, hoping to have a response from RJ.

Please clarify- you wrote:

"Those groups and individuals that have in the past and continue to this day to use violence to infringe upon the lives, liberty or property of Americans must have Letters of Reprisal issued against them so that they can be killed or captured legally."

If I am understanding your context correctly, the first part of that sentence could apply to anyone who's committed violence.

How do you define "terrorist," what makes a criminal a terrorist and not, say a serial killer or hate criminal? Because it seems that is the crucial distinction to be made immediately upon capture of a criminal, determining whether they will be tried as PERSONS or with military tribunals. So everything flows from how a person is labeled (?)