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Posted by - ® Mark (Admin) on April 9, 2006 at 5:38 pm:
In Reply to: Mark, counterfeit goods/terrorists posted by DavidB on April 9, 2006 at 4:57 pm:
A director with the Anti-Counterfeit Group. I have a press clip I cut out (I think from the Independent in England);
"Laundered profits from the sale of fakes have been traced to bank accounts funding Middle Eastern groups including Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda. It is now widely agreed that the bombing of the World Trade Centre in 1993 was funded partly by the sale of counterfeit designer textiles from an illegal outlet in New York's Chinatown". The article also mentions funding for the IRA (thank goodness that episode is hopefully coming to an end).
I can not remember where I saw something about counterfeit goods revenues going to JI, but did somewhere and also about profits from the sale of phone cards in Indo also going to them.