Now, here's my one question with this...What people want to call it is of course and entirely separate matter. Define the term as you want and as long as it is not wildly off from the more standard definitions, I will not argue with you on that definition. But there is a significant difference between people, and the US government. The government needs to operate under what is written as law. It should not be making it up as it goes along, ignoring the law when convenient. Following that law is not somehow being PC, not looking to protect Muslims, or anything else. That is just bull**** perpetrated by people who want to bitch about Obama for anything and everything.
You present some doubt and distrust of the government earlier by suggesting you wouldn't want them to just be able to label anyone a terrorist. Seemingly implying you see the potential for government abusing laws to their advantage.
Then can you at least see the other sides similar worry as to how the current definition ALSO leads for the possability for abuse. Who determines what clues of "motivation" are most looked into, deemed "credible" in a law enforcement and legal capacity, and makes the call on issuing the charges? The government? If it would be possible for those in the government to misuse the ability to label someone a "terrorist" if it was made broader...is it not reasonable to suggest that people could LASO misuse the ability on how to steer the investigation and what is declared the motive?
Essentially....yes, give the Government more freedom to declare people terrorists and they COULD just willy nilly said "Fort Hood, Terrorism!" even if it was not really. Similarly though, allow the Government to decide what motives are credible and what motives are looked into heaviest, and they COULD just avoid or play down those that would justify proclaiming it terrorism?
Granted, that may not have been the case...but that seems to be smoe peoples worry, and considering you used the same type of government mistrust as the basis for an earlier argument I would hope you at least see their views as being mildly reasonable.