Al-Qaeda, each and every one of them

I continue to notice that every time any individual is accused of terrorist like actions, they are said to have Al-Qaeda connections. This makes me wonder, which of the following conclusions is correct: in order to be a terrorist one must obtain their Al-Qaeda membership card, we only care about Al-Qaeda terrorists or we want to blame all terrorism on Al-Qaeda to give it a face. Al-Qaeda, the real world equivalent to Command & Conquer: General's GLA.

While we're on the topic of Al-Qaeda, I know the guy that runs the al-qaeda.net web domain. He's a nice guy actually, half Egyptian, but no terrorist, mainly runs the domain as a lark so that he can send and receive email by it. I've been trying to convince him to turn the domain into a group blog so that we can all have fun with the thing.

I guess the point is that not everything Al-Qaeda is evil (at least the larks aren't) and I don't buy that everything terrorist is Al-Qaeda.