There are “a couple of reasons to say that,” the NBC correspondent Pete Williams observed on MSNBC. “One is he’s an American citizen. But that doesn’t rule out an act of terrorism. Timothy McVeigh, of course, was an American citizen as well, and that was the biggest act of terrorism in the U.S. before 9/11.” On CNN, the homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve reported that the Department of Homeland Security had originally said there was “no reason to believe there was a nexus to criminal or terrorist activity,” then adjusted the statement to say there was “no reason to believe there is a nexus to terrorist activity,” removing the word criminal.
Flying a plane into a building with the intent to murder civilians and government workers for reasons that include social and political dis-satisfaction is terrorism.
Burning down your house and killing yourself and leaving your wife and kids to live their lives in the shadow of your selfish crime is just as unforgivable.