Anarchist Cookbook Creates Troubles again.

The BBC reports that a 17 year old UK boy was arrested for violations against the Terrorism Act of 2000, in part, because of his "collection or possession of information useful in the preparation of an act of terrorism."

In other words, he owned a copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook."

Published in 1971, William Powell's book was written to protest the US government over their involvement in the Vietnam war. The book contains recipes and instructions for the manufacture of explosives, drugs, rudimentary telecommunications devices and a bunch of other dangerous and illegal stuff that will most-likely get you arrested or killed pretty quickly.

Many scholars of anarchism dispute the association of the book with anarchist political philosophy. The anarchist collective CrimethInc., which published the book Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook, denounces the earlier book, saying it was "not composed or released by anarchists, not derived from anarchist practice, not intended to promote freedom and autonomy or challenge repressive power--and was barely a cookbook, as the recipes in it are notoriously unreliable."

But in this era of neo-McCarthyism (just swap "communist" with "terrorist"), apparently just owning a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook, no matter how "notoriously unreliable" it may be can get you arrested.

At least it can in the UK. That kind of thing couldn't POSSIBLY happen here in the U.S. of God bless A., right?

It made me nervous just to do research on this story. Which, I am sure, just makes the Department of Homeland Security happy. As long as you are kept in a state of fear, they have control over you.

But I'll stop now before someone thinks I am being seditious.

No comments:

Hollywood Dump on Facebook

In addition to the articles we post here, we also link to stories we think are interesting and post them to our Facebook page. If you're on FB, become a fan!