Hob asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Does the government follow some standard for determining whether someone is a terrorist or not?

Since terrorists have no protection under the Constitution it seems like this process of labeling someone a terrorist should have some oversight? Is there any? Is there any criteria that a person has to meet in order to be labeled a terrorist?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Official United States Government Definition of Terrorism

    "[An] act of terrorism, means any activity that (A) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life that is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State; and (B) appears 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 assassination or kidnapping."

    (United States Code Congressional and Administrative News, 98th Congress, Second Session, 1984, Oct. 19, volume 2; par. 3077, 98 STAT. 2707 [West Publishing Co., 1984])

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    American citizens have protection under the Constitution. If a terrorist was a US citizen they would get at trial, have rights, etc. If he is not then we can torture the crap out of him and legally be completely fine.

    Criteria has been posted by the above answerer.

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