End of Surplus?

Tony Duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Tue Apr 26 18:55:54 CDT 2005


> of it goes overseas. Supposedly this is coming from the Department of
> Homeland Security and has something to do with 9/11. (Have you noticed that
> every new, rediculous requirement is in response to 9/11?) This is a

When the terrible events of 9/11 occured, one of my first comments was 'I 
fear the reaction of the governments more than I fear the terrorists'. 
Govenments have a habit of over-reacting, particularly if it means they 
can impose more restrictions on the public...

Over here, you can be arrested for 'possessing information of use to a 
terrorist'. Let's looks along my bookshelves...

The 555 timer data sheet
Data sheets on various other timing chips
Electronic magazines with timing circuits in them
Various books on mechanical and electronic clocks (clocks have long since 
been an interst of mine)
Books on chemistry
Books on nuclear and particle physics (not suprising as I did a Ph.D. i 
the latter)
Books on metalworking
A London street map
A London underground railway map

Care to explain why those are not of use to terrorists. For that matter a
cookery book is of use to a terrorist (presumably they have to eat


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