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If the Pipe-Bomb Mailings Aren’t Terrorism, What Is?

There is no consensus—in academia, law, or common usage—on when an attack is more than just a crime.
Source: Kevin Coombs / Reuters

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET on October 26, 2018.

Recent mornings have brought a series of fast-breaking reports, one after another, of pipe bombs mailed to prominent figures, from Democratic politicians to the actor Robert De Niro. Suspicious packages kept coming on Friday, including an explosive device addressed to Democratic Senator Cory Booker. But CNN's Jake Tapper, a spokesperson for the National Counterterrorism Center told the network earlier

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