Well, if you really want to be technical about it, then yes they were.
I'm pretty damn sure that the people on the side of Al-Qaeda feel the same way. They look at us as the equivalent of the British.
One of these days, men and women of this country are going to have to stand up and fight the tyranny that our current government will eventually evolve into. When they do that, they too will be labeled terrorists no matter how right they are in their cause.