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It's both but essentially piracy is for financial gain and terrorism is politically motivated.
 

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No reason why one action can't count as two crimes. Piracy is defined by statute. So's terrorism.

And if the perps snuck up on the tanker while entered in a sanctioned yacht race, you could charge them with "ungentlemanly conduct" and DSQ them as well.
 

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Not to mention Barging. :D
 

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Found this abstract to be interesting..

http://globalsecuritystudies.com/Nelson Piracy Final.pdf

..now for a scenario... Individuals hijack a bulk propane carrier and navigate into a highly populated harbor and threaten to blow it up for financial gain in support of a known terrorism group....

Terrorism or Piracy?
Actually just terrorism by the language of the statement they hijacked the vessel not seized the vessel
Also the US Navy doesn't care if its american flagged the bad guys are dead
 

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"The use of violence and threats"
Since when do they have to use BOTH in order to qualify?

Airport security routinely terrorizes the public, and I call that domestic terrorism plain and simple. It is a dog and pony show designed to install fear, not create security.

There are many kinds of terrorism performed without violence.
 

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Airport security is designed to show that "We're doin' sumthin".

How many acts of terrorism have been foiled by the airport security we all experience?

That's what I thought.

Bin Laden scored a major victory on that front - the cost to us in money, delays, frustration, lost freedom, paranoia etc. etc. is absolutely staggering.

What was the last occurrence that caused as much negative change and social dislocation as 911.
 
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"What was the last occurrence that caused as much negative change and social dislocation as 911. "
Probably when those nasty fellows, Jefferson and Adams and all, terminally insulted our good King George and permanently alienated his affections from our Colonies.

Although Mr. Lincoln's nasty attitude about "No one is allowed to leave the room" (the Federal Republic) certainly didn't help things either.

Read today's Wall Street Journal? Apparently some group staged a concerted attack on a California power substation about a year ago and took it offline. DHS and everyone else has been quietly squelching the story for the entire year, debating what it means and whether what group has plans to take down how much else of the grid. Shh! Don't tell anyone, we actually have been under attack.
 

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"What was the last occurrence that caused as much negative change and social dislocation as 911. "
Probably when those nasty fellows, Jefferson and Adams and all, terminally insulted our good King George and permanently alienated his affections from our Colonies.

Although Mr. Lincoln's nasty attitude about "No one is allowed to leave the room" (the Federal Republic) certainly didn't help things either.

Read today's Wall Street Journal? Apparently some group staged a concerted attack on a California power substation about a year ago and took it offline. DHS and everyone else has been quietly squelching the story for the entire year, debating what it means and whether what group has plans to take down how much else of the grid. Shh! Don't tell anyone, we actually have been under attack.
I can think of one that had an even bigger impact globally than 911 the unprovoked terrorist attack on park harbor on Dec 7 1941 at the time of the attack there was no declaration of hostilities between us and them there for comes under the definition of terrorism
 

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Park harbor, ergh, not quite.

But that was neither unprovoked nor unexpected. I'd suggest reading the classic "At Dawn We Slept" to get a bigger grasp of the situation and the attack. The abridged version is bigger than most trilogies and also available free at most libraries. Slow reading but something that should be read.

Among the many parallels, 9/11 was neither unprovoked (from their point of view) nor unexpected. Tom Clancy's best-seller and movie 15-20 years before the attack pretty much laid out how good a weapon an airliner could be.

And, as with the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, Al-Queda screwed up their attack and didn't gain anywhere near the victory that they could have had. (If the Japanese had had an accurate damage assessment after the first strike, they could have easily leveled all the refueling facilities in PH, which would have removed the primary source of US naval fuels for at least a year, giving the Japanese unchallenged control over the Pacific and time to build their empire.) Also oddly enough, one could say the long-term result of PH was a Japanese victory, boosting their role as a world power and leading economy. Al-Q hasn't quite gained that yet, but they've certainly put a permanent end to many American fundamental liberties, a huge victory for them.

But neither PH nor 9/11 was unexpected, there's plenty of documentation on both. Contested, debated, whatever, but the point remains, the events only surprised the folks who weren't paying attention.
 
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