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The abundance and easy availability of pipe bomb, firearm, and militia group information found on the Internet The ill use of Usenet Newsgroups and personal websites The proposed amendment that would censor such information from the Internet
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The United States has the highest firearm homicide rate in the Western World.
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols responsible for the Oklahoma City Bombing were part of the Michigan Militia before branching off and forming their own “Patriot” group. + = 168 dead
Eric Harris Dylan Klebold Eric Harris used a Usenet Newsgroup to share his THEBOOK.DOC which contained incredibly violent information. The Columbine Massacre 13 dead +=
Usenet Newsgroup Abuse continued… Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a the Unabomber, posted his personal Manifesto on a Usenet Newsgroup “From the beginning, the Unabomber was a fixture on the Internet.” -Andrew Walton, CNN article ALSOALSO: The Neon Cowboys, a militia group are recruiting members on a Usenet Newsgroup.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduces an amendment to ban certain information from the Internet Proposed Bill: “It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute by any means of information pertaining to, in whole or part, the manufacture or use of explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction.” In 1997…
The Center for Community Interest becomes Involved… “Survivors of the Oklahoma City and Unabomber bombings and the brother of the Unabomber today urged American Online, Microsoft and other Internet firms to purge cyberspace of bomb-making websites…” In 1999…
How Successful have these measures been? “In August 1999, Congress took steps to curb the availability of bomb making recipes on the Internet…but 18 months later, the instructions are still there…the law has been a dud…” “A statue has been passed which mandates up to 20 years in prison for anyone who distributes bomb- making material knowing or intending that the information be used for a crime…yet website, chat rooms, and online bulletin boards containing instructions for making bombs continue to flourish.” -David Armstrong, The Wall Street Journal
Does it Protect the right to post violent information on the Internet? THE FIRST AMENDMENT What about books that provide the same information?
Children and other “unstable” individuals have access to violent sites in just a few seconds Is Free Speech really Free Speech? Wouldn’t it be worth preventing another Columbine, Oklahoma City Bombing, or Unabomber? See: du/personal/cnu a7268/cynwebpa ge for a full text of this presentation du/personal/cnu a7268/cynwebpa ge
It is quite easy to build a bomb, gain quick information about firearms, or join a militia with the utilization of the Internet Usenet Newsgroups and Personal Websites can provide harmful and violent information The attempt to curb Internet violence…censorship may be the only answer