Oh, of course the Feds are now trying to link file-swapping with terrorism. It only makes sense…there’s no better way to demonize a group of people (most of which are everyday folks like you and me, by the way) than associating them with bomb-throwing, mass-murdering terrorfiends. This story says it exactly right: “An invocation of terrorism, the trump card of modern American politics, could ease the passage of the next major expansion of copyright powers.” When you’re losing the battle, ratchet up the fear!
Counterfeit DVDs and cigarettes may be funding terrorists.That’s what the Senate Homeland Security committee heard Wednesday from John Stedman, a lieutenant in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who’s responsible for an eight-person team of intellectual property (IPR) investigators.
“Some associates of terrorist groups may be involved in IPR crime,” Stedman said. “During the course of our investigations, we have encountered suspects who have shown great affinity for Hezbollah and its leadership.”
Even though Stedman’s evidence is circumstantial, his testimony comes as Congress is expected to consider new copyright legislation this year. An invocation of terrorism, the trump card of modern American politics, could ease the passage of the next major expansion of copyright powers.