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In UK, First “Anarchist’s Cookbook” Downloaders’ Convictions

May 15th, 2010 05:11 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

analysethis writes “In the UK last month the author/compiler of the well-known-in-internet-circles ‘terrorist handbook’ pleaded guilty to seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism, with a maximum jail term of 10 years. Today the first people caught with downloaded copies have been put behind bars — a white-supremacist father and son pairing getting 10 & 2 years respectively, convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror. How many will be emptying their recycle bins after this conviction? As of writing, the book is still freely available on Amazon.com to buy.” Note: it seems that there’s some overlapping nomenclature at play. Terrance Brown, the man who pleaded guilty to terror charges last month, is said to have been distributing a CD set including among other things extracts from Al Quaeda manuals. His “cookbook” differs then from William Powell’s 1971 book by a similar title, though (confusingly enough) the linked Wikipedia article implies that the father-and-son pair arrested possessed a copy of the Powell book as well; its text may well have been among the materials that Brown distributed.

Source: In UK, First “Anarchist’s Cookbook” Downloaders’ Convictions

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  • Terry Brown

    I should like to clear a few misunderstandings up. I am Terry Brown the Webmaster of anarchist-cookbook.com and the writer of the series of anarchist cookbook CD-ROM’s and the subject of the following news article

    I did plead guilty to the 7 counts of section 58 Terrorism Act 2000 as part of a plea bargain and some WRONG advice from my legal counsel. I am at present trying to retract my plea and return to trial. The court date of 2nd June 2010 will be a big one to decide if I get sentenced or can return to trial, I guess you will find out from the news!

    In the case of the Davison’s, I can confirm that I did NOT supply them. I do have the details of their conviction as the prosecution are trying to link similar documents to mine. The Anarchist Cookbook that the Davison’s had was The Anarchist Cookbook 1V, release version 4.14. The copy the Davison’s had was a .pdf file that differed to my version, as mine was an html version. The actual title on the CD the Davison’s possessed was “anarchy-!-Anarchist Cookbook 1V 4.14” This file was the subject of a charge under s58(1)(b) Terrorism Act 2000. Ian Davison pleaded guilty on 8 March 2010 at Newcastle Crown Court. The CD which contained this file is exhibit NES/30 of Operation Constellation of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

    I should like to add some more facts about this case for all to see. Ian Davison was also convicted for having a chemical weapon namely ricin. The prosecution’s expert witness states that he had enough poison to kill between 1 and 10 people by direct injection or inhalation. The effects by eating it are far less as it is a protein that is broken down by the body.

    I should like everyone to know what a restrictive law the UK section 58 TA2000 is. It basically criminalizes the written word and makes it an offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison for merely being in possession of information. Those of you who are in the UK and do a google search for the above title could find yourself in prison if you download it, it is that simple. You can look up the act here http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/ukpga_20000011_en_6#pt6-pb1-l1g58

    I hope this clears a few things up.


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