by Travis Normand
Here is another example of how terrorist activities are typically treated as a criminal matter, and not a LOAC matter, when they are attempted on U.S. soil.
US prosecutor: 18-year-old arrested for attempting to set off car bomb outside Chicago bar
Washington Post (WashingtonPost.com)
By Associated Press, Published 15 September 2012
CHICAGO — Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday.
Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be terrorists provided him with a phony car bomb.
Further, if you watch the MSNBC video on this story (posted here), you will hear reporter John Yang say that Adel Daoud “is not a member, or connected, with any terrorist group.”
While this is most likely the case, the Washington Post/Associate Press article quoted above states the following:
. . . Daoud was active in jihadist Internet forums and was accessing articles written by Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical cleric who became a key figure in the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Another important fact is that Daoud is an American Citizen.
One can assume from these facts that in order to be considered part of a terrorist group that the U.S. is currently at war with (i.e. al-Qaeda), and thus an unlawful combatant, there must be more of a connection between the accused and the said terrorist group.