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Calif. Teen Arrested for Posting Explosives Info on Web

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  • Clore Daniel C
    News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo [Read this one carefully -- up to 20 years in prison for posting information on the Web.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 5, 2002
      News for Anarchists & Activists:

      [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
      explosive devices.

      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
      seize them."

      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.

      Dan Clore

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