Calif. Teen Arrested for Posting Explosives Info on Web
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[Read this one carefully -- up to 20 years in prison for
posting information on the Web. Seems a little excessive,
but maybe that's just me. -- DC]
Calif. teen arrested for posting explosives information on
Los Angeles Times
Feb. 04, 2002 20:10:00
FBI agents in New York City have arrested a Sherman Oaks,
Calif. teen-ager for allegedly using the Internet to
distribute information on how to build a wide variety of
The arrest late Sunday of Sherman Martin Austin, 19, came
two weeks after federal agents with a search warrant seized
two partially constructed Molotov cocktails, a remote
detonator and other items from Austin's residence, according
to a federal affidavit.
The affidavit also alleges that Austin's Web site included
instructions on how to make and use weapons ranging from
slingshots and boomerangs to smoke bombs and fuel fertilizer
The Web site, according to the affidavit, stated: "Many
different weapons and tools can be used in street fighting.
Make sure that you keep them clean of fingerprints, DNA
fibers (hair follicles, etc.), especially explosives because
they may not always ignite."
Also on the Web site, the affidavit says, was the following
message on how to "defeat" police tactics: "One would attack
the poorly defended positions by hurling rocks and
firebombs. Since regular police could not sustain that for
any longer period of time, the riot police would have to
come to their aid. Then the second group of protestors would
attack the now much weakened main objectives and possibly
Federal authorities said Sherman was in Manhattan last week
to protest the World Economic Forum and was arrested by New
York police Saturday for allegedly participating in an
unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.
A police search in New York of Austin's car, according to
the affidavit, turned up electrical wiring, electrical tape,
one empty gasoline tank and anarchist literature.
After his release by New York police, FBI agents there took
Austin into custody on a federal warrant that alleges he
possessed a Molotov cocktail and used his Web site to post
instructions on explosive devices with the intent that they
would be used to commit federal crimes.
Just days before his arrest in New York, Austin's Web site
exhorted visitors to "Stops the WEF (in New York) by any
means possible," the affidavit said.
Austin remains in custody pending a detention hearing on
The charge of possessing a Molotov cocktail carries a
maximum prison term of 10 years, and the Internet-related
charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
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