After two women were arrested in New York for allegedly planning an ISIS-inspired plot to use “weapons of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States” a US senator thinks the problem can be solved by a good old fashioned book burning.
In a press release praising the FBI and the NYPD for their work on the case, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said the following:
“I am particularly struck that the alleged bombers made use of online bombmaking guides like the Anarchist Cookbook and Inspire Magazine. These documents are not, in my view, protected by the First Amendment and should be removed from the Internet.”
The Anarchist’s Cookbook is a DIY bomb-making manual written in the early 1970s by William Powell, a young American living in New York who was protesting U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
Feinstein has spoken out against the book before she sponsored a measure passed by the Senate that made it illegal to knowingly distribute bomb-making guides in the service of “an activity that constitutes a Federal criminal offense or a State or local criminal offense affecting interstate commerce.”
However what Feinstein does not understand is that her country was founded by terrorists and printing or distributing the Cookbook remains protected by the First Amendment.
But that is not what she wants.
Apparently while it is OK that the book is printed, she does not want it distributed on the internet, which she does not think is covered by the First Amendment.
However in this recent case she might want to look at the actions of the FBI. If the evidence in the case pans out, the two women arrested were not aware of the Cookbook until they were given a copy by an FBI’s undercover agent.