Thursday, May 09, 2013

Which Part of "the Genie is Out of the Bottle" Does the State Department not Understand?

Per Andy Greenberg at Forbes:

On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanding that he take down the online blueprints for the 3D-printable "Liberator" handgun that his group released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components hosted on the group’s website The government says it wants to review the files for compliance with arms export control laws known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. By uploading the weapons files to the Internet and allowing them to be downloaded abroad, the letter implies Wilson’s high-tech gun group may have violated those export controls.

If you aren't one of the first 100,000 or more people who have already downloaded the files, you can get them via torrent from The Pirate Bay. Among, presumably, many other places.

If Cody Wilson et. al end up needing a legal defense, I'll gladly make a (probably small, unfortunately) contribution and asking all of KN@PPSTER's readers to do likewise.

In the meantime, let us pause for a salute to Hillary Clinton ...

Finger! (Photo credit: Miikka Skaffari)

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