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CPS statement following the conviction of Terence Brown


Following the conviction of Terence Brown, Moira Macmillan, CPS Counter Terrorism Division lawyer said:

"Terence Brown made money from producing and selling CD-Roms which contained details of step-by-step instructions that could be used by anyone planning or committing a terrorist attack.

"He has stated throughout that he has no terrorist sympathies and was simply making a living by gathering together information that was already available on the internet, charging for pulling it together and sending it out on disc.

"The law is clear that it is a crime to gather this information without a reasonable excuse or to disseminate material which is clearly intended to be of use to terrorists. A persons intentions or motivation for doing this is irrelevant. What is significant is the fact you have this material in your possession, or distribute it, and that it can be useful to someone with a terrorist purpose.

"Although Brown called his collection The Anarchist Cookbook, it is not the same as the book published in America in the 1970s in protest against American involvement in Vietnam. While Brown used the same title, what he collected and sold had very different content and was on a very different scale. If printed out, it would run to tens of thousands of pages and included hundreds of instructions on making bombs, explosives and poisons such as Ricin.

"By their guilty verdicts today, the jury has shown that they do not believe that Brown's explanation for his actions were reasonable."