Speaking of Bob Lazar, I was watching TV last year sometime and saw a show which talked about his company named United Nuclear
which is basically a scientific supply outlet. He apparently got into some hot water when the US Consumer Product Safety Commission heard he was selling components used for the production of fireworks. That's a big no-no and he had to face the consequences:
Steve Silberman, on WIRED magazine, said:
The first startling thing Joy White saw out of her bedroom window was a man running toward her door with an M16. White’s husband, a physicist named Bob Lazar, was already outside, awakened by their barking dogs. Suddenly police officers and men in camouflage swarmed up the path, hoisting a battering ram. "Come out with your hands up immediately, Miss White!" one of them yelled through a megaphone, while another handcuffed the physicist in his underwear. Recalling that June morning in 2003, Lazar says, "If they were expecting to find Osama bin Laden, they brought along enough guys."
You can see the rest of the article here
. It's an interesting read. Now, from what I heard, it really wasn't the fireworks components the government was after, it was the high-radiation uranium ore which could be used by terrorists for a "dirty" bomb. United Nuclear isn't selling the uranium ore anymore but they are selling a variety of radioactive isotopes. Whatever the case, if the US government sends a special-ops team to arrest you, something is up.
Another memorable quote:
Theodore Gray said:
Why is it that I can walk into Wal-Mart and buy boxes of bullets and black powder, but I can’t buy potassium perchlorate to do science because it can also be used to make explosives? How many people are injured each year doing extreme sports or playing high school football? But mention mixing up chemicals in your home lab, and people have a much lower index of acceptable risk."
It's true though, people think chemistry is all about blowing stuff up. But guns are perfectly acceptable. Go figure. Maybe I'm in the wrong field of study. Instead of chem, I should go into the army.