In 2005, Ronald Grecula, a would-be inventor, hatched a harebrained plan to build a fusion bomb that violated the laws of physics. He was arrested in Texas after he pitched the idea to undercover FBI agents. The bomb, Grecula said, used light to activate a hydrogen-chlorine solution, which somehow produced fusion. Hmmm.
This guy is currently in jail. This might be akin to 1984’s ‘Thought Police’. This guy wanted to blow stuff up. As I recall, that is not illegal. There are lots of things that I want to do – but don’t, because of they fact that they’re illegal to do. That is why laws exist.
If I put a pot of water in the lobby of the Sears Tower, hoping that it will explode and destroy the tower, am I breaking the law? Is intention the act itself? I think not.