Washington, DC (TFC) – Senator Diane Feinstein simultaneously demonstrated how little she knows about the First Amendment, explosives, and how the internet works when she suggested that specific bomb-making manuals should be removed.
Senator Feinstein issued a press release that reads:
“I am particularly struck that the alleged bombers made use of online bombmaking guides like the Anarchist Cookbook and Inspire Magazine. These documents are not, in my view, protected by the First Amendment and should be removed from the Internet.”
Luckily for America, the opinion of a woman who does not understand the decentralized and dynamic nature of the net is irrelevant in matters concerning the First Amendment.
However, staff members of The Fifth Column who have prior experience with explosives agree with Feinstein’s belief that that Anarchist Cookbook should be avoided. The rationale is very different, though. While nobody here believes that any knowledge is inherently bad, some of the information contained inside the Anarchist Cookbook is incomplete or inaccurate and could result in injury.
There are scant references to necessary safety procedures in the manual. At no point does it express the importance of lubricating contacting metals, for example. Metals that make contact may tend to spark. Creating random sparks while standing around a bunch of explosives is what is technically termed as “totally uncool” and is likely to anger anyone with you.
Contrary to Feinstein’s belief, the manufacture of explosives is not a complicated science. It’s basic chemistry. If rapidly expanding gasses are contained, it creates an explosion. The gentle reader probably has the elements necessary to make explosives and low-grade chemical weapons in their home right now.
If you possess a legitimate and legal reason for manufacturing explosives or are simply researching the process, our resident experts suggest you avoid the Anarchist’s Cookbook and focus on training manuals created by the Department of Defense which are readily available online or in surplus shops. The manuals created by the same government Feinstein works for are much more detailed and accurate. The immediate suggestions were the “TM 31-210 Improvised Munitions Handbook,” “TM 31-200-1 Unconventional Warfare Devices and Techniques,” and “FM 5-31 Boobytraps” manuals. If you understand those books, you can move on to “FM 5-25 Explosives and Demolitions” which explains more advanced uses of explosives.
The banning of information because it was improperly used is a threat that the American people cannot ignore.