Wired On The Criminalization of Chemistry Sets

Those damned enemies of America, lurking about behind their laser-refracting coke-bottle glasses, sporting Al Qaeda pocket protectors, mixing volatile chemicals in their garage!

We talked a bit before about the crackdown on kids’ chemistry sets because they can technically be used to make explosives in addition to papier mache volcanos. Now Wired’s looked at the problem when authorities looking for terrorist cells and drug labs start trying to criminalize DIY science.

It should be obvious just how ludicrous all of this is, but unfortunately, it’s hard to be surprised these days’ by America’s clamp down on personal freedoms by pandering to an emerging culture of paranoia. But in case you don’t want to go to the link and marvel in the absurdity, this quote says it all: “But they marvel a little too much. Taking chemicals and lab equipment away from kids who love science is like taking crayons and paints away from a kid who may grow up to be an artist.”

Don’t Try This At Home [Wired]

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  1. Paul D says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was also part of the rampant anti-intellectualism that’s going around these days like a bad case of the flu.

    As far as the powers-that-be are concerned, it’s footballs and Barbies only!

    “Baby Jesus didn’t have no silly chemistry set to play with!”

  2. Jesse in Japan says:

    The article talks about Bob Lazar. Didn’t he used to work at Area 51?