In my opinion, Hassan should be viewed as a new kind of terrorist cell. I would call him a "latent, independent cell".
The strategy of the Jihadist network is to radicalize these lone-wolf types so that they'll act independently of the command structure; this would serve not only to increase the randomness and number of terrorist attacks but to further decentralize the Jihadist network. Decentralization makes it that much more difficult to identify, locate, and target the enemy.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I agree that the simple association of Islam is not sufficient to classify Hassan as a terrorist. I do believe, however, that his association with the Jihadist network in conjunction with his avowed radicalism is enough to label him as such.
Just because he didnít receive explicit marching orders from AQ doesnít mean he canít be a terrorist cell. Perhaps the Jihadists wants to further decentralize their network by encouraging lone-wolf types to act independently of their command structure; this would increase the randomness and frequency of attacks on our soil. Iím not sure why some people find this idea so objectionable or far-fetched.