In November 1995, Ray Lampley, Cecilia Lampley, and John Baird began
construction of a bomb with the help of the bomb-making manual entitled
"Homemade C-4." When the FBI arrested the conspirators, law
enforcement agents recovered the bomb-making manuals Anarchist's Cookbook
and Homemade Weapons, in addition to the "Homemade C-4"
text, from the Lampley residence.
Many of these bomb-making instructions are available online. Numerous
pages devoted to terror manuals are currently present on the Web, and
explosives enthusiasts regularly post information at USENET newsgroups.
Additionally, some white supremacist pages sites, such as Death 2
ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government), have posted bomb-making instructions.
Covered with Nazi and World Church of the Creator symbols, this site urges
its readers to "Kill the jew [sic] pig before it's too late"
and proclaims its support for "black on black violence." Death
2 ZOG contains downloadable copies of bomb-making manuals such as
"Jolly Roger Cookbook," "The Big Book of Mischief"
and "Anarchy Cookbook."
William Powell's legendary Anarchist's Cookbook, first published
in 1971, has inspired many Web pages. Though Powell's book has not been
available on the Web in its entirety, a number of Web pages contain works
named after it, such as "The Anarchist Cookbook IV," otherwise
known as the BHU Pyrotechnics Cookbook. Explosive-related sections of
this document, which is widely available on the Web, include "Making
Plastic Explosives," "Napalm" and "Revised Pipe Bombs
4.14." "The Anarchy Cookbook IV" also contains instructive
information about lock picking, computer "hacking," and robbing
Automated Teller Machines.
|Numerous pages devoted to terror manuals are currently present on
the Web, and explosives enthusiasts
regularly post information at
Many versions of another popular online manual, the Terrorist's Handbook,
include a disclaimer that warns, "don't try anything you find in
this document!!! Many of the instructions doesn't [sic] even work."
Yet these directions are posted nonetheless, instructing readers how to
construct "High Order Explosives" such as "Ammonium Nitrate,"
"Dynamite," and "TNT" as well as "Molotov Cocktails,"
"Phone Bombs," and other destructive devices. Significantly,
this Handbook also includes a "Checklist for Raids on Labs,"
concluding that "in the end, the serious terrorist would probably
realize that if he/she wishes to make a truly useful explosive, he or
she will have to steal the chemicals to make the explosive from a lab."
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Federal agents
investigating at least 30 bombings and four attempted bombings between
1985 and June 1996 recovered bomb-making literature that the suspects
had obtained from the Internet.76 In these investigations,
the possession of bomb-making literature has been taken by law enforcement
authorities as strong circumstantial evidence that this literature has
been used to plan crimes.
Like other extremist material on the Internet, bomb-making manuals are
readily accessible to children. In fact, these tracts have already been
accessed by eager, impressionable youngsters. The Washington Post
has described discussions among 14-year-olds about "which propellants
are best to use, which Web sites have the best recipes and whether tin
or aluminum soda cans make better bomb casings."77 Furthermore,
children have used recipes found on the Web to create and detonate bombs.
For example, two 15-year-old boys from Orem, Utah, landed in a juvenile-detention
center after they constructed a pipe bomb using online instructions. Similarly,
three high school students in Ogden, Utah, who ignited a bomb at a Jehovah's
Witnesses church later told police they learned how to make the device
from a Web page devoted to the Anarchists Cookbook.78