1997-05-01 - Bombs Away, from The Netly News Network

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From: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
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From: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Date: Fri, 2 May 1997 00:22:47 +0800
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Subject: Bombs Away, from The Netly News Network
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The Netly News Network
May 1, 1997

Bombs Away
by Declan McCullagh (declan@well.com)

    Internet fear-mongering is back in vogue inside
the White House. The Clinton administration escalated
its assault on the Net this week, warning that it
provides bomb-making recipes to anyone "with a modem"
and proposing a new law to restrict such information.

     In a 53-page report released on Tuesday, the
Department of Justice alleges that criminals are
trawling cyberspace for how-to kits on making
explosives. "ATF statistics reflect that, between 1985
and June 1996, the investigations of at least 30
bombings and four attempted bombings resulted in the
recovery of bomb-making literature that the suspects
had obtained from the Internet," the report says. "A
member of the DoJ committee accessed a single web site
on the World Wide Web and obtained the titles of 110
different bomb-making texts."


Declan McCullagh
Time Inc.
The Netly News Network
Washington Correspondent