Surfing for Trouble 

Thursday, Jul 10 2003

A Web surfer interested in making a bomb or taking part in other extra-illegal activities would not have to rely on Raisethefist.com. Similar sites are all over the Net and, if they’re offshore, they’re beyond the reach of U.S. authorities. Most of this information can be legally obtained through a variety of means. Here is a sampling of some sites.

Loompanics.com offers a wide selection of “how-to books,” including Homemade Ammo: How To Make It, How To Reload It, How To Cache It and A Do-It-Yourself Submachine Gun, a guide to making a 9mm with a 32-round magazine.

Totse.com is an online outlet for those interested in making poisonous gas from household materials such as bleach and ammonia. The site allows budding chemists to put their recipes on the Web or chat with those who have new ones to offer. Highlights include “How To Make a $10 gun” as well as a “ A Step by Step Guide to Making a Dry Ice Gun.”

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Bombshock.com has an underground discussion forum with topics that include the do’s and don’ts for poisoning a person with strychnine.

Nodoze.net promises to be the “leading researcher and distributor in abstract, controversial and provocative information” and does so at a price — $14 a month — for those who want to learn how some budding Unabomber makes acetone or acid bombs.

Paladin-press.com publishes books and videotapes on topics including knife fighting, firearms and military and police tactics. Among the titles: The Ancient Art of Strangulation and Beat the Border: An Insider’s Guide to How the U.S. Border Works and How To Beat It. The Colorado-based publishing company got itself into hot water in 1993 with the book Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors after a man was hired to kill three people in Maryland and allegedly used the book as his guide. The family of those killed by the hit man sued Paladin Press, saying that the publisher “aided and abetted” the murder. Paladin Press settled the case in 1999, giving up its publishing rights to the book. Now Hit Man can be found in its entirety free online. One of its tips: Make sure you wear gloves when snacking from your victim’s refrigerator.

The Anarchist Cookbook, with its bomb-making instructions, is widely available online, and a quick search yielded two sites that offered The Terrorists Handbook, which devotes a chapter to buying, making and using explosives and propellants. It thoughtfully includes a list of U.S.-based suppliers.

Bomb makers or rebellious adolescents with a macabre turn have probably already found http://world.std.com/~damned/bloodbomb.html. This site stresses the importance of avoiding infection when making a blood bomb from animal fluid. It recommends that you slit the animal’s throat by the jugular vein and hang it upside down to drain before placing the blood into a jar and adding to gasoline.

But wait until the feds learn about a site where women and children can purchase the Explosives Identification Guide, The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives or Home Workshop Explosives, not to mention The Anarchist Cookbook and Hit Man. The site’s called Amazon.com.

Reach the writer at cpelisek@laweekly.com

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