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Is terrorism (legally defined) an act of war?

According to Title 18 of the US Code:

(1) the term “international terrorism” means activities that—

(A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum;

 

(4) the term “act of war” means any act occurring in the course of—

(A) declared war;
(B) armed conflict, whether or not war has been declared, between two or more nations; or

(C) armed conflict between military forces of any origin;

 

According to the above definitions, if terrorism is a criminal act, and not an act of war, shouldn't terrorists be tried as criminals OR should we change the US Code?

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-Eilish-

Asked by -Eilish- at 9:46 PM on May. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • the terrorists like al qaida HAVE declared war on the US.. so i really dont get where you are going with this.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 9:53 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • US Code needs to catch up. The other day on BBC they were talking about how terrorism needs to be redefined to fit what it has become..which in many cases is a declaration of war.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:45 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • IMO~Criminals? No.... They did not steal a loaf of bread or rob a 7-11. They are enemies who havemet vocally waged war on the United States of America.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:54 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • *have vocally*
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:56 PM on May. 8, 2011

  • Terrorist is an almost abstract entity. You can't declare war on the abstract. You can't (well we do) declare war on countries where terrorists exists. The overall damage to our credibility much worse than any end achieved
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 7:59 AM on May. 9, 2011

  • Ask George Bush, He started a "WAR ON TERROR"

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:08 AM on May. 9, 2011

  • (A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;

     

    Criminal ...yes. But they are working in conjunction with certain governments and receiving help, protection etc from some governments...This is one reason we are at WAR in Afghanistan,,,
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:10 AM on May. 9, 2011

  • I think it has a dual meaning. Lots of words do. Truth is, anyone can be terrorized but that happens more in the movies on Halloween.
    Real terror comes from knowing someone wants to kill you and will do anything to do it. When they do do it, it's usually gruesome and painful. A terrorist is the person or persons who want to do the killing at all costs with no regard for the consequences.
    If the situation is right then terrorism can be an act of war. The people who want to terrorize a whole nation or groups of people (international or not) would be committing an act of war and should be dealt with accordingly. As for a legal definition, I don't care. Legal goes out the window when you are dealing with all acts of war committed against another country.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:42 AM on May. 9, 2011

  • The people who want to terrorize a whole nation or groups of people (international or not) would be committing an act of war and should be dealt with accordingly.

    agreed..they want to take all of us out every single American.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:26 AM on May. 9, 2011

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