On the Thusday, May 9 edition of the Alex Jones Show, 3D printing guru Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed announced that the US Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, Enforcement Division (DTCC/END) has sent him a letter requesting the group remove all data from public access immediately.
Read full infowars.com report here
The letter states that technical data made publicly available by Defense Distributed through DEFCAD.org violates International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
The letter goes on to say:
Technical data regulated under the ITAR refers to information required for the design, development, production, manufacture, assembly, operation, repair, testing, maintenance or modification of defense articles, including information in the form of blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation. For a complete definition of technical data, see 120.10 of the ITAR. Pursuant to 127.1 of the ITAR, it is unlawful to export any defense article ot technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DDTC. Please note that disclosing (including oral or visual disclosure) or transferring technical data to a foreign person, whether in the United States or abroad, is considered an export under 120.17 of the ITAR.
The letter continues:
“Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final CJ determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,”
Read the full State Department letter to Defense Distributed here
#DEFCAD has gone dark at the request of the Department of Defense Trade Controls. Take it up with the Secretary of State.
— Defense Distributed (@DefDist) May 9, 2013
Defense Distributed recently became the first organization to produce a complete gun, called the Liberator, using all 3D printable parts with the exception of the firing pin which can be easily obtained at any hardware store. The files used to create the firearm with a 3D printer were made available on DEFCAD.org and reportedly have been downloaded over 100,000 times in just a few days.
While Defense Distributed has agreed to take down the gun’s printable file from Defcad.org, its 100,000 downloads were actually being served by Mega, a New Zealand-based online storage service. Mega was founded by ex-hacker and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom who is an outspoken U.S. government critic and has a reputation for resisting government surveillance. The files may remain available for download on Mega. Furthermore, Defense Distributed files have been available as torrent files for months now and these are nearly impossible to censor. Torrent files for the “Liberator” blueprints have already been unleashed.
The following links are just a few examples of where you can download blueprints for the Liberator right now.
Pirate Bay: http://thepiratebay.sx/
Watch the Liberator fire