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APRIL FOOLS: DOJ Blocks Websites of Defense Distributed – Makers of Open Source 3D-Printer Files for Firearms

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UPDATE: 2013.04.01 10:54am EST

After checking with Liberty Web Alliance, who host DefenseDistributed.com, it seems certain that folks active with DOJ have NOT taken the websites of Defense Distributed offline.

The image on the homepage of both sites was uploaded by the Defense Distributed team, likely as a way to garner attention to their efforts and make a point – that such an outcome – the censoring the information they share – isn’t beyond reality, which should underscore the need for us all to be even more vigilant now, as it’ll only become more difficult tomorrow or next year.

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Last week Vice released a 24-min segment (below) on Defense Distributed – an Austin, Texas-based endeavor that sought to make open source files for 3D printers to create firearm components, in essence, bypassing any top-down control on the ability of individuals to possess tools to protect themselves.

From the FAQ previously accessible at Defense Distributed:

If we truly believe information should be free, that the Internet is the last bastion of freedom and knowledge, and that societies that share are superior to societies that censor and withhold, then why not guns?

Freedom of information has material, decentralizing consequences. And this is a good thing.

… Every judicially protected civil liberty can be abused. That protection, that abuse, has real social cost. But is degree of social cost the calculus for protecting civil rights? That is absurd. When we say universal access to the firearm, we mean it.

I say “previously” as individuals working at the Department of (in)Justice have on April 1, 2013 blocked the websites DefCad.org and DefenseDistributed.com:

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