The Department of Defense Trade Controls has “requested” Defense Distributed to remove files associated with its Wiki Weapon Project, an announcement posted on the DEFCAD website today announced.
“#DEFCAD has gone dark at the request of the Department of Defense Trade Controls,” the page announces. “Take it up with the Secretary of State.”
“DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls,” a banner at the top of the site explains. “Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.”
This development is occurring mere days after the announcement that a complete working 3-D printed firearm, the Liberator, had successfully been built, and follows speculation from earlier today when a “temporarily unavailable” message appeared when trying to access the downloadable files.
No surprise here--this was inevitable at some point--and with all the tools, time and (other people's) wealth at their disposal, chances are they'll succeed in making their example of Cody Wilson and DEFCAD. No doubt there will be the usual share of jingoistic chest-thumping at the brave and nobly-embiggened takedown of (yet another) uppity peasant.
Yes, Leviathan, it's true: you truly can crush and destroy whatever individual you like, with your laws, your courts, and your enforcers. Fret not; your ability, opportunity and nearly frothing willingness to do this is not in question. And your propaganda machine, as always, will perform yeoman service in persuading the credulous of your absolute moral authority to do so.
But after all this time, you still haven't got it, have you? Jeez, it's not like we haven't been here before, throughout human history, and the result is always the same: you will fail to prevent what you seek to prevent. Oh, you may well "successfully" destroy people's lives trying, but you can't stop the little people sharing information, no matter how hard you try. As just one example: remember the printing press? You tried to stop that one too, dincha?
You will fail.
You will fail because you don't understand your adversary. You don't understand what motivates him. You have no idea why he resists you. You think you do, but you don't. Throughout human history people have always found ways to avoid and resist your ridiculous attempts to control, control, control; those aggravating plebes do it even when they know that the consequence of being discovered or caught is their own certain death, and yet you still proceed with the same strategies of ban! confiscate! destroy! suppress! punish!, as though after failing a thousand times they will suddenly work like magic on the thousand-and-first. As Butler Shaffer is fond of saying, "this time for sure!"
You can even go here, and get everything you need to know about why you will fail now as you have always failed before, spelled out compactly but completely, and still you won't get it.
You will fail.
So, you've chosen Cody Wilson and DEFCAD as your next target. Since you're going to lose, after you're done destroying him, this seems like a particularly vile and senseless thing to do, but hell, nobody does vile and senseless like you do, so what's new?
Enjoy your "success", while it lasts. It won't, long.
Hat tip to David Codrea.