This is quite an important movie as it details government involvement in procuring funds, through illegal means, as a means to support its counter-terrorism operations.
“Although I would find it unlikely, considering the myriad of risks involved, that covert FBI or CIA organizations or programs secure funds through such spectacular means as portrayed in the movie, the viewer is nonetheless inculcated with the idea that normal ethics hardly apply to these organizations, and indeed may be ‘justly’ suspended if so desired. In other words, downright illegal means of ‘fund-raising’ are permissible. The use of potentially unethical and unlawful acts of misdirection, being of crucial importance to make the movie script work, is not shied away from either. After all, given the supposed value of its supposed protectorate, that being the safety of US citizens and/or their lifestyles, to such organizations the single paramount rule upheld must be that the end is considered ’sacred’ enough to afford the justification of any means necessary. Everything else is of subordinate importance.”
Swordfish (2001) One Phil-for-every-ill Blog