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9569Re: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder

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  • Trent Telenko
    Jan 28, 2013
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      Like you said, you won't hit the blocks until you access NARA or other US Government files, or are a small businesses the Fed have pinged.  This is something a fellow researcher sent me on one of the reclassification blocks he hit --
        "A while ago, I comprehensively searched the General Correspondence of the Manhattan Engineer District at Archives II.  Even at this late date, I found red tabbed removal notices dated 1996 and 2005 that were essentially "we think this information is interesting, and thus classified. Sucks to be you."
      The information on Chuck Hansen's site is not something the Feds want to re-litigate, because they would;
          a. Lose again paying "reasonable attourney fees to whomever takes the work pro-bono" and,
          b. More importantly draw attention to what they did, causing both the replication of said data and increasing the professional pool of lawyers willing to pick Federal pockets like Chuck's lawyers did.

      From: Ray Merriam <merriampress@...>
      To: G104@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, January 28, 2013 1:34:56 PM
      Subject: Re: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder


      Understood, but like I said, not everyone will know about the reclassification (like me until you stated in your previous message). Not that I have ever had any of that material (for the spooks that are listening).
      Chuck’s work is still available as PDF files available online for a fee: http://www.uscoldwar.com/ Other authors, including novelists like Tom Clancy, as well as historians have used his work for details in their work. Chuck got his info through FOIA and knew how to work the declassification system like no one else.
      Sent: Monday, 28 January, 2013 2:19 PM
      Subject: Re: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder

        I don't disagree about your points on barn doors and copies in circulation, but most of the on-line sources I buy from have honored the reclassification.
        It is simply too much of a financial risk for a US small business to get hauled to court by the Feds.

      From: Ray Merriam <merriampress@...>
      To: G104@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, January 28, 2013 12:54:53 PM
      Subject: Re: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder


      Not that reclassification does much good for copies already “out there,” it would prevent the public getting them from government sources like the National Archives. And someone selling originals or copies could get into trouble now, but chances are they wouldn’t know about the reclassification until the Feds came knocking on their door.
      One female customer some years ago (mid-90s) bitched at me for selling copies of a report about Wingate’s Chindit expedition that included details of how to blow up a bridge (among other things, but that was the specific example she used), claiming such would help terrorists. That same report is still available from the National Archives, where I got it from in the 70s, and I’m still selling it. A lot of material is available that could help anyone do damage to all sorts of things (and people). Remember the late Chuck Hansen, who wrote a book about the U.S.’s nuclear weapons? He did it using only declassified, publicly available materials, yet the government took him to court for publishing “classified” material.
      There’s a saying about locking the barn door after the horses have gotten out...
      Sent: Monday, 28 January, 2013 9:23 AM
      Subject: Re: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder

      That is mostly, but not completely, true.  The US goverment has reclassified two sets of WW2 data that it had previously made "Approved for Public Release".
      The first set is nuclear data related to the calutron and various other A-bomb making techniques were reclassified after the 1st Gulf War in the mid 1990's, after the full undersranding of Iraq's Ba'athist nuclear weapons program came out.
      The second set related to WW2 offensive chemical warfare manuals in 2005, which came after the attempted April 2004 Al-Qaeda Chemical bombing of Amman, Jordan.
      I have run into both "reclassification blocks" in my research on the end of the Pacific War.

      From: Ray Merriam <merriampress@...>
      To: G104@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sun, January 27, 2013 5:10:46 PM
      Subject: Re: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder


      All U.S. government publications and documents are in the public domain from the day they are created. Some, of course, may be protected by security classifications, but all WWII era publications have been declassified.
      Ray Merriam
      Merriam Press
      Sent: Sunday, 27 January, 2013 5:54 PM
      Subject: [G104] TM 9-737 T1E3 Mine Exploder

      Does anyone have a copy of TM 9-737 on the "Aunt Jemima" T1E3 mine exploder ?

      Not sure of the copyright on this document, being ex-US military but I guess it's public domain now ?

      I've tried all the usual suspects (Easy1, Military Info) etc but the only place I've found with a copy listed is the Dutch Leger Museum site, and they've just closed for a 2 year site relocation.

      Thanks in advance.



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