When exactly is a terrorist a “terrorist”?

Smoke coming from a parked Nissan Pathfinder in NY’s Times Square led to the discovery of a failed fuel-air bomb.

Via Patterico;

But don’t worry. The feds tell us it’s not terrorism:

The police discovered a car bomb in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said.

Crowds were lined up on the south side of 43rd Street as the heart of Times Square was closed off to traffic.

There was no explosion.

“It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth” Avenues on 45th Street, said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.

The device, he said, contained “explosive elements” that included “propane tanks, some kind of powder, gasoline and a timing device.”

“This is very much an active investigation,” he said.

The police would not say whether they had any suspects, and did not say if they had determined what might have been behind the event.

A federal official said it was not considered it [sic] a terrorist threat and that the New York Police Department had told the Department of Homeland Security to stand down. The official would not say why he believed that or what the New York Police Department told them about the episode.

Incredible that the feds wouldn’t consider a car bomb a “terrorist threat”.

Consider mere communication as a “terrorist” threat in Missouri;

574.115. 1. A person commits the crime of making a terrorist threat if such person communicates a threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life, communicates a knowingly false report of an incident or condition involving danger to life, or knowingly causes a false belief or fear that an incident has occurred or that a condition exists involving danger to life:

(1) With the purpose of frightening ten or more people;

(2) With the purpose of causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building, inhabitable structure, place of assembly or facility of transportation; or

(3) With reckless disregard of the risk of causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building, inhabitable structure, place of assembly or facility of transportation; or

(4) With criminal negligence with regard to the risk of causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building, inhabitable structure, place of assembly or facility of transportation.

2. Making a terrorist threat is a class C felony unless committed under subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of this section in which case it is a class D felony or unless committed under subdivision (4) of subsection 1 of this section in which case it is a class A misdemeanor.

3. For the purpose of this section, “threat” includes an express or implied threat.

4. A person who acts in good faith with the purpose to prevent harm does not commit a crime pursuant to this section.

(L. 2000 S.B. 944 § 574.150, A.L. 2002 S.B. 712)

Closer to Times Square, an email is a “terrorist” threat;

ALBANY — A Brooklyn man who allegedly used a library computer to send a threatening e-mail to Gov. David Paterson was arrested Tuesday on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

Amir Syed Rizvi, 36, a hospital clerical worker who lists an address on Brooklyn Avenue, is accused of sending at least one e-mail to Paterson on April 3 and threatening to “poison your people all over New York starting from the suburbs of Long Island.”

I think we can safely say a bomb in a car can safely be considered “terrorist” whether Napolitano’s crew wants to call it that or not. Why exactly would they even hesitate to call it that? Do they not want that word to be worn out and overused for a reason?

If a person makes a terrorist threat, doesn’t that make him/her a terrorist? When exactly does one graduate to full-blown “terrorist” status?

When one attends a Tea Party?

Well, more wacky Tea Party activists apparently hanging out in Pennsylvania this morning;

PITTSBURGH — Police say they have found an explosive device near the course of the Pittsburgh Marathon, forcing them to detour the final part of the race.

Police say the device was found in a small microwave oven on the sidewalk after the leaders had finished the course Sunday morning. Several blocks were cordoned off near the original finish line for the marathon and half-marathon.

The bomb squad used a robot to disable the device. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the device was blown up.

This’ll be interesting to watch if Obama/Napolitano keep doing back flips around the “T” word. Saying “it’s not terrorism” makes them look like idiots and doesn’t make anybody feel safer.

UPDATE 1245PDT; Via Telegraph.uk headline;

Times Square car bomb was act of terrorism

American officials declared that the failed car bomb that forced the evacuation of New York’s Times Square was an “act of terrorism.”

Also via NYT;

“We are treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack,” Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, told CNN, one of several television appearances she made on Sunday morning.

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