Availability of Bomb-Making Information on the Internet, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Government Information of the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session on Examining the Implications of the Availability of Bombmaking Information on the Internet, May 11, 1995   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Arlen Specter: "Today's hearing is on the so-called mayhem manuals. I think this is a very, very important hearing because it poses on the cutting edge the issue of freedom of speech versus public protection. Shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing, a message was transmitted on the Internet which said: 'Are you interested in receiving information detailing the components and materials needed to construct a bomb identical to the one used in Oklahoma? The information specifically details the construction, deployment, and detonation of high-powered explosives. It also includes complete details of the bomb used in Oklahoma City, and how it was used and how it could have been better. The information will be provided to anyone who properly requests it and is provided solely for informative purposes.' The last sentence obviously was designed to add a disclaimer. In the Internet, we now have an international, cooperative computer network of more than 28,000 computer networks in 60 countries, which links many types of users such as governments, schools, libraries, corporations, individuals, and others. So, the issue of dissemination is now just enormous, and really overwhelming. Available on the Internet is a voluminous manual entitled. The Big Book of Mischief,' covering some 93 pages. There are instructions on how to make a bomb with ammonium nitrate, how to make what they call an easy Molotov cocktail, which can be constructed by a 10-year-old, and how to manufacture book bombs. The concerns and the problems are self-evident." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arlen Specter, Herb Kohl, Patrick J. Leahy, Marvin Hier, Robert S. Litt, William W. Burrington, Jerry Berman, Frank Tuerkheimer,

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S. Hrg. 104-729; Senate Hearing 104-729; Serial No. J-104-25
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