The similarities and overlaps between the two crimes have prompted some jurists to advocate abandoning the term piracy altogether in favor of “maritime terrorism.” By reasserting the traditional definition of pirates as hostis humani generis, and linking it to terrorism, the United States and other nations will not only gain a powerful tool in fighting the Somali pirates, but other incidents of terrorism around the world as well.
Politics aside (or if you'd rather, post a link to a political thread on the topic), "terrorism" is a word that's had quite a widening in meaning in recent years. "Piracy" has also drifted to being applicable to many different activities. Sticking with classical definitions, the two are not the same thing. Piracy is an act for personal profit, terrorism is an act for political gain.
Are these two concepts now so close that they should be grouped together? Is anyone else disturbed by people advocating not to use precise language? Is this linguistic terrorism from a band of Sapir-Whorf-loving pirates?