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Cos. Asked To Drop Bomb Web Sites

May 20, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Safety advocates are calling on major computer firms to purge the Internet of bombmaking instructions, arguing lethal information is too easy to access.

``No one has a constitutional right to use an Internet company’s property to facilitate murder,″ Dennis Saffran of the Center for the Community Interest said Wednesday. ``Rather, the companies have the constitutional right _ and the moral obligation _ to stop this use of their property.″

David Kaczynski, the brother of convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, said ready access to bombmaking sites can turn good kids bad.

``We’re allowing every Eric Harris, every troubled kid out there, to become the next Tim McVeigh,″ Kaczynski said, referring to the Oklahoma City bomber.

Harris and fellow student Dylan Klebold stormed Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 20, killing 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives. Police later discovered that Harris had a Web site filled with bomb diagrams.

The advocates asked America Online, Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. _ which recently launched Go.com _ and Yahoo Inc!, to shut down bombmaking sites and remove any sites that threaten or encourage physical violence.

Saffran said if the companies refuse to act voluntarily, then his organization would ask crime victims to press for government intervention.

Officials with America Online, Yahoo and Go.com said they already prohibit such information. Officials with Microsoft did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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