Witnesses and representatives at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property hearing Thursday did express fears that profits from widespread copying of movies, music, and software outside the United States were being funneled into terrorist organizations, but the hearing produced no concrete examples of that happening.
John G. Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, did say there seems to be some connection between illegal copying and organized crime, in that many of the groups profiting from illegal copies are highly organized and can have international distribution networks. Organized crime often supports terrorism, he suggested.
Draw what conclusions and thoughts you may about this. To me personally it sounds like yet another 'If you do such-and-such you're helping the terrorists!' scare tactic. I don't doubt that some money from illegal copying goes to terrorists, probably in a round about long way down the line way, just like with any less than legal way of making money and probably a surprising amount of legal ways. But it is hardly the main way of funding it. Come on politicians, grow up and stop blaming everything on the current enemy, whoever it happens to be at the time. *grumbles*