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Has Homemade Bomb-Making Become a Teen Craze in the U.S.?

| by Michael Allen
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Thanks to the wide variety of information on the web and a lack of adult supervision, there are more criminal cases of teens building homemade bombs in the U.S., notes RT.com.

According to KTAR.com, one of these alleged would-be teen bombers includes Joshua Prater, who was arrested on Tuesday in Tempe, Arizona.

The family's cleaning woman discovered a strange object with wires sticking out. She took it to the local police station where it was identified as a homemade bomb.

"They had it X-rayed, they saw it was a valid IED. It was something that wasn't big, but could cause serious injuries and the death of someone," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.

When police searched the Prater's home, they found more explosives.

This week in Gainesville, Florida, 18-year-old Mason Beuning was accused of stealing bomb-making materials from a local Walmart. A local bomb squad searched his home and found a suspicious device.

"It was a small device. Definitely would have injured someone who was right next to it, but the device was not something that would cause a great amount of destruction," Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias told ActionNewsJax.com.

In Bartow, Florida, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot was arrested for allegedly “discharging weapons or firerarms” at her school. Wilmot claims she just doing an experiment by mixing substances in a plastic bottle.

Lawyer Jesselyn Radack cites these cases as proof of the enormous failure of the U.S. government's very expensive "surveillance state."

"Since 9/11 we spent over $700 billion on national security and a lot of that is surveillance with video cameras, with massive data collection, with fusion centers, and none of those helped to deter or detect any terrorist plot," Radack told RT.com. "And while the surveillance video was useful in reconstructing what happened [in Boston] it didn’t prevent it."

Source: RT.com, ActionNewsJax.com, KTAR.com