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[dvd-discuss] Photocopying machine parts...

... illegal for export?

"Fugitive Physicist Pleads Guilty to Exporting Potential Nuclear Triggers"


"The original 30-count indictment involved the alleged export of 
krytrons, two-inch devices that can be used in nuclear weapons or 
photocopying machines. A license or approval from the U.S. State 
Department must be obtained to ship them."

Here is a (functional?) description of a krytron:


I guess that it might count as a dual-use high technology (in the early 
eighties?), but I didn't realize that photocopier parts distribution was 
potentially a federal crime if done without a permit.