State Department & DefCad: Just What Files Freaked Them Out? (Part I)

Note: This will likely be a five-part series. I will link to all parts below this note once all are done. I am the DefCad.org user, “OpenSourceArmorer.” A big thank you to twitter user @PrintedGunInfo for helping me verify that these are in fact the original screenshots of the objects in question. Contact me via the DefCad forums if you have questions, and no – don’t even ask me for the original .STL files. Unless you can verify that you’re a US citizen, I can’t share them. And in the interwebs that kind of identity verification is hard and pointless. Especially when the files themselves are not that hard to find elsewhere…

 

I’m trying as hard as possible to grasp the state of current affairs right now. Whether it’s the IRS’s recent scandal in the way they handled certain legal applications, or the fact that Eric Holder thinks he deserves special access to Associated Press phone records…

 

 

…the gangsterism of those in power seems nothing short of profound. Then again, a lot of my time has been spent couch-surfing along the west coast now that I have the free time to do so and some people to collaborate with. Maybe the resulting lack of sleep is what makes me think this is just the cold opening to some kind of sci-fi movie. One only beginning to unfold.

 

Which brings me to Defense Distributed, DefCad.org, and the State Department’s recent decision to tell Cody Wilson to (temporarily?) remove certain files from public access. Well, at least from the Mega.co.nz download links. As for the rest of the internet? Well, let’s just say I’m sure Steve Israel will be thrilled at the results. More on him later…

 

Streisand Effect on Liberator Files

Yeah, how’s that restriction from public access going for ya?

 

Someone I kinda sorta know via deep web encrypted chat rooms told me they got a call from some douche at the New York Daily News telling them the State Department had begun taking action against DefCad.org. When I heard the news, I checked the site and it looked like it was being shut down altogether. In fact, it was actually issues with the heavy amount of traffic they were getting. And I think it’s no secret where that same traffic is now directed at – see the image above. :-]

 

Andy Greenberg of Forbes magazine recently wrote an awesome piece on the 3D-Printed Liberator pistol and later did a piece on the State Department’s request that ten files be pulled for their review. In an update on that article, Greenberg included the letter that was sent directly to Cody Wilson which happened to include a particular list I found of interest…

 

This list was ten items that the DoS thought were potentially in violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) laws. Given the fact that I’ve had the joy of seeing every Mega Pack release from DefCad (even before files where categorized and a README became standard) and watching it mature with every new version, I couldn’t help but take a look at what the files were that the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance were so horrified by:

 

1. Defense Distributed Liberator pistol

2. .22 electric

3. 125mm BK-14M high-explosive anti-tank warhead

4. 5.56/.223 muzzle brake

5. Springfield XD-40 tactical slide assembly

6. Sound Moderator – slip on

7. “The Dirty Diane” 1/2-28 to 3/4-16 STP S3600 oil filter silencer adapter

8. 12 gauge to .22 CB sub-caliber insert

9. Voltlock electronic black powder system

10. VZ-58 sight

 

Now comes the fun part: Can anyone take a guess just how many of those objects listed are actually capable of killing anyone? Keep your guess in mind, because I would like to have the joy of highlighting the State Department’s fuckery first hand by showing what each of these actually are. Let us begin!

 

First, let me clarify what is actually classified as being under the State Department’s control:

Guess just how many of the ten files they were ticked about actually fall under this critera.

Guess just how many of the ten files they were ticked about actually fall under this criteria.

 

This is the checklist if you will of what the ITAR deems to be under their control. The screenshot comes from this document.

 

Now in the next post I will begin with the first two objects. The next will cover objects three through five, and then part four will cover parts six through ten. I shall conclude the series with some questions I have for the State Department about this matter. Hopefully all five posts will be done by the end of the week.

 

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