Yeehaw- here is some post hoc justification of Homeland Security taking on movie piracy:
“John Stedman, a lieutenant in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in charge of IP violations, testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security committee that some associates of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah may be involved in copyright violations. According to CNET’s Declean McCullagh: ‘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’.”
The testimony showing this link:
“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.”
Steadman said he saw Hezbollah flags and photographs of the group’s leader in homes that he raided, coupled with anti-Israel sentiments on the part of those arrested.
Steadman also saw Heinz ketchup bottles. Since we know John Kerry is a communist and as good as a terrorist, and he is married to Teresa Heinz, who is connected to the Heinz ketchup fortune, all tomato based products will now be under the scrutiny of the Department of Homeland Security.
Everything is terrorism, so therefore, we should not protest any expansion of government powers. [/sarcasm]
BTW- Didn’t we just recognize Hezbollah as a legitimate political force or something?
*** Update ***
I am sorry- when we discuss handing new powers to the government, the phrase “may be connected to terrorism” just isn;t good enough for me anymore. Recent events have reminded me that suspicion is not enough.