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  • Dan Clore
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    Message 1 of 16 , Jan 9, 2004
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      News for Anarchists & Activists:
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      [Just what we needed! And you, too, can participate: "You
      don't need to be a rocket scientist to put this sort of
      thing together. The information needed to construct
      rudimentary devices is available to anyone over the Web."
      I've reached the length limit for an e-mail so more will
      have to wait.--DC]

      *****

      Time Europe Magazine
      January 12, 2004
      Vol. 163 No. 2
      Notebook
      New Front in the War on Terror?
      By JEFF ISRAELY

      A loose confederation of cells, a common enemy in the West,
      a string of bombs planted to sow terror. Sounds like the
      work of Islamic fundamentalists? No, last week it was
      European anarchist groups that were accused of firing off a
      chain of letter bombs to key E.U. leaders and institutions.
      No one was hurt in at least four incidents, beginning with a
      wired-up book sent to the wife of European Commission
      President Romano Prodi at his home in Bologna. Similar
      explosive devices targeted the headquarters of the European
      Central Bank, Europol and Eurojust -- the E.U. body charged
      with fighting cross-border crime -- and all the packages
      traced back to Bologna.

      Authorities halted all outgoing parcels destined for E.U.
      addresses from the northern Italian city. But investigators
      believe that the anarchist network is international in
      scope, with Spanish, Greek and German cells. An Italian
      investigator says the European anarchists have taken
      tactical cues from al-Qaeda, evolving into a far-flung array
      of cells united by ideology and targets rather than
      coordination from a central command. "The different
      [anarchist] groups fall under the same ideological umbrella
      but don't necessarily work together," the investigator told
      Time. He estimates that there are at least 500 dangerous
      members of these groups across Europe.

      An emergency security meeting was called in Brussels last
      week, though an E.U. Commission spokesman insisted that "our
      screening process for incoming mail is solid." Still, the
      letter bombs give some people one more reason to be looking
      over their shoulders.

      *****

      The Advertiser
      Italian group claims letter bombs
      From correspondents in Rome
      09jan04

      TWO of the booby-trapped packages recently sent to European
      officials contained claims of responsibility from a newly
      formed Italian anarchist group, Italy's interior minister
      said today.

      Notes signed by the "Informal Anarchic Federation" had been
      tucked inside the packages sent to the head of the European
      Central Bank and the director of Europol last month,
      Minister Giuseppe Pisanu told an Italian parliamentary
      committee.

      Those packages were received on December 29.

      The same group, in a letter to a Rome newspaper, had earlier
      claimed responsibility for two small bombs that exploded
      outside the Bologna, Italy, home of European Commission
      president Romano Prodi on December 21.

      "It is absolutely clear that with these episodes European
      institutions and their leading figures are included in the
      targets of anarchic insurrectionism," said Pisanu, who is
      the political head of Italian state police forces.

      Prodi was also targeted on December 27 by the first letter
      bomb, which was addressed to his wife and which burst into
      flames when he opened it at his home.

      No one has been injured in any of the incidents.

      On Monday, a letter bomb went off at the Brussels office of
      a German conservative member of the European Parliament and
      another in the Manchester, England, office of a British
      socialist member.

      The same day, a letter bomb was discovered before it could
      be opened at the Brussels offices of a conservative Spanish
      member of the European Parliament.

      On December 30, a booby-trapped missive was received at the
      Hague, Netherlands, office of Eurojust, the EU's judicial
      organisation.

      Officials have said that all the booby-trapped letters bore
      Bologna postmarks and were mailed around December 22.

      Police in Bologna are investigating the letter bombs,
      working with counterparts in countries to which the packages
      have been sent. There have been no arrests.

      Police from countries including Spain, Greece, the
      Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium will work closely
      together over the coming months to monitor anarchist groups,
      said Pisanu.

      Pisanu said the attacks show that anarchists "are using
      strategies that are both coordinated and preordained", he said.

      Pisanu said that the anarchists organise themselves
      internationally through informal links.

      "They act increasingly on agreed strategies, using tools
      obtained by manuals that are widely spread, thanks in part
      to computers."

      He linked the latest attacks to insurrectionist groups that
      have sent similarly designed letter bombs within Italy in
      recent years, including many sent from Sardinia.

      Pisanu said that Italian authorities were studying how to
      improve mail security without encroaching on privacy,
      delaying delivery or increasing costs.

      Protection for Prodi had already been increased at the end
      of October amid fears that attacks would be made against
      European institutions and their officials.

      The Italian government came under heavy criticism when it
      emerged that bodyguard arrangements for Marco Biagi -- a
      government labor reform adviser shot outside his home in
      Bologna by the Red Brigades terrorist organisation in 2002
      -- had been reduced shortly before he was killed.

      *****

      Financial Times
      Italians warned of threat posed by terrorists
      By Tony Barber in Rome
      Published: January 8 2004 19:12

      Italian authorities warned on Thursday that the country
      faced a growing threat from domestic terrorists -- including
      self-styled anarchists who are suspected of having sent
      booby-trapped parcels to European Union institutions and
      leaders.

      Giuseppe Pisanu, interior minister, said there was a risk
      that Italian anarchists would form common cause with the new
      Red Brigades, a terrorist group held responsible for the
      murder of two government economic advisers in 1999 and 2002.

      "Many elements are coming together today to cause a growth
      in the domestic terrorist threat as a whole," Mr Pisanu told
      a parliamentary committee.

      "This is a threat that is not yet unified, but which in all
      its component parts is aiming to insert itself into the
      already bitter political and social conflict [in Italy] with
      the deliberate purpose of diverting it from its natural
      democratic course."

      Over the past three weeks, parcels packed with small amounts
      of explosives have been sent to the home of Romano Prodi,
      the European Commission president, as well as to Jean-Claude
      Trichet, head of the European Central Bank, and to senior
      figures in the European Parliament and European judicial and
      police organs.

      All the parcels were postmarked Bologna, a university city
      in central Italy where the Brussels-based Mr Prodi keeps a
      home and which has a tradition of political radicalism and
      extremism going back more than 50 years.

      Mr Pisanu said Italian authorities had reinforced personal
      security for Mr Prodi as early as October 27. This was
      because they had received indications that European
      institutions and their representatives were possible targets
      for a so-called "Euro-opposition" made up of anarchists and
      other extremists.

      The first sign that Mr Prodi might be a target emerged on
      December 21, when two crude incendiary devices blew up in
      rubbish bins near his Bologna home.

      Responsibility was claimed by a group calling itself the
      Informal Anarchist Federation, which sent a letter to an
      Italian newspaper denouncing "the repressive apparatus of
      control leading the democratic show that is the new European
      order".

      Little is known about the self-styled anarchist group but
      police estimate it may count several hundred people as
      either members, associates or supporters.

      Six days later, Mr Prodi opened a package addressed to his
      wife, Flavia, which contained "The Pleasure", a novel by
      Gabriele D'Annunzio, the early 20th century rightwing
      nationalist adventurer and poet.

      The book exploded in Mr Prodi's hands but did not harm him.

      The other booby-trapped parcels sent to European officials
      have also contained books, by authors ranging from Luigi
      Pirandello, the 20th century novelist and playwright, to
      Lucretius, the Roman philosopher-poet of the first century BC.

      Authorities have yet to determine whether the choice of
      books is significant, and Mr Pisanu said it was also unclear
      why the package sent to Mr Prodi's home was addressed to his
      wife rather than directly to him.

      "This seems to me an element that should not be
      underestimated," he said.

      Mr Pisanu said there were no grounds for suspecting a
      connection between the recent spate of home-grown terrorism
      and the operations of Islamic extremists in Italy.

      *****

      Italy seeks anarchist group for anti-EU bombs
      John Hooper in Rome
      Wednesday January 7, 2004
      The Guardian [UK]

      Anti-terrorism experts from six countries yesterday began a
      hunt for hundreds of members of an
      "anarcho-insurrectionalist" group thought to be behind the
      recent wave of mail bombings aimed at European institutions.

      The lawyer at the heart of the inquiry dismissed speculation
      that a lone maniac could be responsible.

      Enrico Di Nicola, the chief prosecutor of Bologna, where the
      packages were dispatched, said membership of the
      organisation "may be about 350 in all of Italy".

      European Union offices were yesterday on a state of high
      alert after the delivery of seven explosive devices in nine
      days, all from Bologna.

      In Brussels, bomb disposal experts rushed to Italy's mission
      to the EU after a suspect letter was found, but officials
      said it was a false alarm.

      One of the latest batch of packages containing explosives
      was addressed to Gary Titley, leader of the British Labour
      members of the European Parliament.

      Soon after it was found on Monday, the interior ministry in
      Rome announced the setting up of a multi-national task force
      charged with identifying the terrorists behind the mail
      attacks within a period of two months.

      The move followed a meeting attended by anti-terrorist
      specialists from Italy, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands,
      Germany and France.

      The most obvious clue for investigators points to a group
      calling itself the Informal Anarchic Federation (FAI), which
      claimed responsibility for two minor blasts near the home of
      the head of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, six days
      before Mr Prodi's wife became the first recipient of an
      exploding package.

      The FAI said it had brought together four shadowy groups,
      including one that had claimed responsibility for a failed
      bomb attack in Bologna during the 2001 clashes at the G8
      summit in Genoa.

      Mr Di Nicola described the FAI as made up of "individualists
      who don't accept any type of organisation, structure or
      centralisation of decision-making". The group's initials
      evoke those of one of the most influential historical
      anarchist groups, the Iberian Anarchist Federation.

      But few mainstream anarchists would describe themselves as
      "anarchic", and some in Italy have suggested that the FAI is
      a front.

      In a country whose own intelligence services were deeply
      involved in the fomenting of subversive violence in the cold
      war period, many people need convincing that extremists are
      who they say they are.

      Italian security officials were, in any case, reported
      initially to be focusing on another organisation:
      Europposizione.

      To judge by its three-page manifesto this group, founded in
      Rome last May, shares with the FAI a deep loathing for the
      EU, which is described as "an imperialistic block united
      with the bosses of Europe in a frontal attack on the welfare
      system, pension rights, and the rigidities of the labour
      market".

      Police believe Europposizione was behind two letter bombs
      sent to police in Rome and the central Italian city of
      Viterbo in October. However, as the newspaper La Repubblica,
      noted, its inspiration seems to be wholly Marxist, rather
      than anarchist.

      The group's manifesto talks about inciting class warfare and
      outlines a methodology that is more characteristic of the
      non-violent far left: the organisation of assemblies to
      define an ideology and "bring about an involvement of the
      masses".

      FAI's statement claiming responsibility for the December
      blasts in Bologna, by contrast, exalts "armed struggle".

      The city from which the detonating packages originated
      exudes a symbolism that may hold clues for the investigators.

      Bologna was a communist stronghold in the cold war years. It
      is the home town of Mr Prodi who, apart from being EU
      Commission president, is also Silvio Berlusconi's putative
      challenger for the prime ministership of Italy. And it is
      the city where, two years ago, an employment law adviser to
      the Italian government was killed by the renascent far left
      Red Brigades.

      *****

      January 09, 2004
      http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0109/p07s01-woeu.html
      EU letter-bomb probe focuses on Italian anarchists
      Two crude devices exploded in European parliament offices
      Monday -- adding up to seven incidents in 10 days.
      By Peter Ford, Staff writer
      The Christian Science Monitor

      PARIS -- A spate of crude letter bombs targeting top
      European officials has put European Union headquarters in
      Brussels on high alert, and brought the Union -- accustomed
      to criticism from the right -- apparently under attack from
      the far left.

      Two simple incendiary devices exploded in the offices of
      European Parliament leaders Monday, and a third was detected
      and defused, bringing the total to seven in 10 days. None
      caused any injuries. All of the explosive packages bore a
      Bologna postmark and appear to be the work of a shadowy
      Italian anarchist group opposed to the EU's plans for closer
      cooperation among members, fearing they will lead to a
      "super state."

      "We are taking these threats very, very seriously," said
      European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer on Thursday. "The
      people doing this are obviously enemies of democracy in all
      its forms."

      They are not, however, particularly sophisticated, suggests
      Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at St. Andrew's
      University in Scotland. "You don't need to be a rocket
      scientist to put this sort of thing together," he says. "The
      information needed to construct rudimentary devices is
      available to anyone over the Web."

      The Italian police have convened a multinational European
      task force of anti-terrorism experts that intends to
      identify the perpetrators of the attack within two months.
      Italian officials said the group would concentrate on
      "anarchist-insurrectionalist" groups around the continent.

      Suspicions focus on the "Informal Anarchic Federation,"
      (FAI) which claimed responsibility for two small bombs that
      exploded in trash cans not far from the Bologna home of
      European Commission President Romano Prodi on Dec. 21. The
      FAI said the attack was the beginning of "Operation Santa
      Claus."

      A week later, a package that looked like a videocassette
      exploded in Mr. Prodi's hands as he opened it. The next day,
      similar packages were discovered at the European Central
      Bank in Frankfurt, where bank president Jean-Claude Trichet
      was the target, and at the headquarters in The Hague of
      Europol and Eurojust, two crossborder anticrime units.
      Though Bologna police then ordered local post offices to
      hold all mail addressed to EU institutions, some of the
      letter bombs had apparently already got through, and were
      stuck in the Christmas backlog of mail elsewhere.

      On Monday, when the European Parliament resumed work after
      the holidays, assistants to two senior members narrowly
      escaped being burned when letters caught fire as they opened
      them, and a third suspect package at the parliament in
      Brussels was defused. All seven letter bombs were posted in
      Bologna, historically a stronghold of the Italian anarchist
      movement.

      The FAI said in its first and only communiqué, sent to the
      Bologna office of an Italian daily, that it was a new
      alliance of four anarchist groups opposed to "the new
      European order" and to the nascent EU constitution, which it
      said "legitimizes the rearrangement of the old continent's
      politics of domination." The group warned it would target
      "bureaucrats and politicians" along with policemen and
      prisons in a wave of "armed struggle."

      Bologna's chief prosecutor, Enrico Di Nicola, played down
      the significance of the FAI, telling reporters Tuesday that
      it "may be about 350 [members] in all of Italy" and was less
      structured than other terrorist organizations. "I think they
      have caused greater social alarm ... because of the symbols
      they have chosen and the individuals they have targeted," he
      said. "I think they have already reached the goal they set
      for themselves."

      The FAI is not the only Italian political group to have
      expressed violent opposition to the EU. A Marxist faction
      calling itself 'Europposizione' is believed to have sent two
      bombs to police stations in Rome and Viterbo last October.

      Neither group is expected to have any serious political
      impact. But if the letter bomb spate continues, it could
      undermine mainstream Euroskeptics, as critics of the EU are
      known, suggests Heather Grabbe, an analyst at the Centre for
      European Reform, a think tank in London. "Once an anarchist
      group is involved, and there is a hint of terrorism, it
      takes some of the wind out of the sails of legitimate
      opponents of the constitution," says Ms. Grabbe. "If this is
      the start of a major terrorist campaign, it will change the
      political landscape, and change the terms of debate."

      One British anti-EU campaigner has already drawn scorn from
      European Parliament colleagues for expressing understanding
      of the bombers' motives. Nigel Farage, a European Parliament
      representative of the UK Independence Party, said that he
      could "understand the reasons" behind the letter bombs since
      "the route the EU has chosen for itself, to swallow up
      nation states without giving the people of Europe the final
      say, was destined to end in civil unrest and violence."

      Marco Savina, an Italian intelligence analyst with close
      ties to law-enforcement agencies, takes a less dramatic view
      of events. "These letter bombs have very little
      significance," he argues. "They are the tools of a very few
      and very unimportant groups of people who are doing this to
      be in the media for a few days. This is a group of desperate
      people who don't know what to do with their time," he adds.

      *****

      Katherimini
      With reporting by John Miller
      EU targets anarchist terror

      Greek police are to join with colleagues from other European
      Union members in a task force targeting anarchist groups,
      following a series of incendiary letter attacks on EU
      officials attributed to an Italian ring with links in Greece
      and Spain.

      The task force, which was set up on Monday under Italian
      leadership, according to an Agence France-Presse report
      yesterday, will focus on the Italian group suspected of
      sending booby-trapped letters over the Christmas and New
      Year season to targets that included Commission President
      Romano Prodi. No one was hurt.

      An Athens News Agency report from Rome said experts from
      Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Greece,
      Spain and France would participate in the task force.

      Italian police believe the anarchist group has about 250
      members in Italy and has carried out up to 80 minor attacks
      over the past five years.

      In Greece, anarchist groups have been blamed for a spate of
      arson attacks over the past year in which crude gas-canister
      bombs were used against banks, civil service branches,
      political party offices and the homes of members of
      Parliament and journalists. Nobody has been injured so far,
      though the bombs have caused significant damage.

      Most of the targets were in Thessaloniki, where yet another
      gas-canister bomb exploded early on Monday under a van used
      for cash transfers by a private security firm. It was the
      second attack this year, after the city’s municipal town
      planning department was hit on New Year’s Day.

      On Sept. 8, Spanish anarchists sent a letter bomb -- which
      did not explode -- to the Greek Consulate in Madrid,
      apparently in protest at the detention of seven people
      suspected of rioting during the June 21 anti-EU
      demonstrations in Thessaloniki. Five suspects were arrested.

      --
      Dan Clore

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    • Ian & Elisabeth
      Personally, I wouldn t put it past so-called anarchists , although as you say, the jury is clearly still out. Some people (anarchists included) just don t
      Message 2 of 16 , Jan 9, 2004
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        Personally, I wouldn't put it past so-called 'anarchists', although as you
        say, the jury is clearly still out. Some people (anarchists included) just
        don't get it. I hate fucking 'propaganda by deed'. Stupid, wasteful, and
        about the most authoritarian act an anarchist can engage in.

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Dan Clore" <clore@...>
        > [Just what we needed! And you, too, can participate: "You
        > don't need to be a rocket scientist to put this sort of
        > thing together. The information needed to construct
        > rudimentary devices is available to anyone over the Web."
        > I've reached the length limit for an e-mail so more will
        > have to wait.--DC]
        >
      • Professor rat
        ... I respect and admire propaganda of the deed such as assassination, attacks on the pentagon, etc - beats trench war! We can also explain it better these
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          At 10:29 AM 1/9/04 -0500, you wrote:
          >Personally, I wouldn't put it past so-called 'anarchists', although as you
          >say, the jury is clearly still out. Some people (anarchists included) just
          >don't get it. I hate fucking 'propaganda by deed'. Stupid, wasteful, and
          >about the most authoritarian act an anarchist can engage in.

          I respect and admire propaganda of the deed such as assassination, attacks
          on the pentagon, etc - beats trench war! We can also explain it better
          these days now we have freenets.

          Search on John Filis,' War by assassination', Jim Bell ' Assassination
          politics' and Gealleanist.
        • Ian & Elisabeth
          How exactly is assassination anarchist ? By taking a person s life, you deny that person freedom in perpetuity, and you do it against his will and in an
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            How exactly is assassination 'anarchist'? By taking a person's life, you deny that person freedom in perpetuity, and you do it against his will and in an dictatorial manner. I should think that would be the very antithesis of anarchism. Murder is surely the ultimate authoritarian act. Those who defend such acts are unlikely to be capable of setting up a democratic system.

            I would prefer the system we have currently, with all its flaws, than a system run by so-called 'anarchists' who don't actually believe in anarchism.

            ----- Original Message -----
            From: Professor rat
            I respect and admire propaganda of the deed such as assassination, attacks
            on the pentagon, etc - beats trench war! We can also explain it better
            these days now we have freenets.


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          • Paul Cartwright
            The current system we have condones the same thing. However, I find linking assassinations with political ideologies a waste of time. Its done regardless of
            Message 5 of 16 , Jan 10, 2004
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              The current system we have condones the same thing.
              However, I find linking assassinations with political ideologies a
              waste of time. Its done regardless of ideology. Stop being so PC
              people. (woops i think i was too authoritarian there)

              --- In smygo@yahoogroups.com, "Ian & Elisabeth" <beery1@c...> wrote:
              > How exactly is assassination 'anarchist'? By taking a person's
              life, you deny that person freedom in perpetuity, and you do it
              against his will and in an dictatorial manner. I should think that
              would be the very antithesis of anarchism. Murder is surely the
              ultimate authoritarian act. Those who defend such acts are unlikely
              to be capable of setting up a democratic system.
              >
              > I would prefer the system we have currently, with all its flaws,
              than a system run by so-called 'anarchists' who don't actually believe
              in anarchism.
              >
              > ----- Original Message -----
              > From: Professor rat
              > I respect and admire propaganda of the deed such as assassination,
              attacks
              > on the pentagon, etc - beats trench war! We can also explain it
              better
              > these days now we have freenets.
              >
              >
              > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            • Professor rat
              ... Coming ready or not! http://www.nex.com/ http://opengov.media.mit.edu/ http://www.ideosphere.com/ http://www.tradesports.com/ http://www.stiffs.com/ Who
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                At 10:00 PM 1/9/04 -0500, you wrote:
                >How exactly is assassination 'anarchist'? By taking a person's life, you
                >deny that person freedom in perpetuity, and you do it against his will and
                >in an dictatorial manner. I should think that would be the very
                >antithesis of anarchism. Murder is surely the ultimate authoritarian
                >act. Those who defend such acts are unlikely to be capable of setting up
                >a democratic system.
                >
                >I would prefer the system we have currently, with all its flaws, than a
                >system run by so-called 'anarchists' who don't actually believe in anarchism.

                Coming ready or not!
                http://www.nex.com/

                http://opengov.media.mit.edu/

                http://www.ideosphere.com/

                http://www.tradesports.com/

                http://www.stiffs.com/

                "Who wants to join the LAST revolution? The one to take down ALL the
                governments."

                James Dalton Bell.

                Public Subscription Assassination
                "If we find negligence on the side of any person or institution...
                <http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Public_20Subscription_20Assassination>http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Public_20Subscription_20Assassination

                ... Public Subscription Assassination .Assassins sans Frontiers.


                >


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              • comrade_blackberry
                My view is that it could potentially be a police plot. My reasoning: - Some of the letter bombs were actually delivered to the intended recipients. They
                Message 7 of 16 , Jan 10, 2004
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                  My view is that it could potentially be a police plot.

                  My reasoning:

                  - Some of the letter bombs were actually delivered to the intended
                  recipients. They surpassed the usual security checks that members of
                  the ruling class use to root out such dangerous packages.

                  - The letter bombs have so far failed to injure no-one, even when they
                  have exploded into fires in the hands of the recipients. They have
                  merely created small, easily extinguishable fires. Surely if the
                  senders intended to kill or at least injure, they would have been
                  successful in at least one attempt?

                  - So far, no evidence has been produced to support the claim that an
                  anarchist or anarchist has sent the letters, or anyone else for that
                  matter. The authorities have merely been raising suspicion through the
                  corporate media, along with the suspicious letter and as always, they
                  have produced the results.

                  - The 'Informal Anarchist Federation', in its letter to an Italian
                  newspaper, claimed that it wanted to target 'the apparatus of control
                  that is repressive and leading the democratic show that is the new
                  European order.' This in itself is suspicious, as it has actually
                  labeled the European Union as 'democratic', even though 'show' has
                  been added afterwards. A more anarchist-like description of the EU
                  would have been the 'fascist show', or something with similar negative
                  connotations, rather than something that has positive connotations,
                  where the wording can easily be misinterpreted by those who do not
                  understand anarchism or anarchists.

                  - There is nothing to gain from such a tactic, other than gain more
                  crack downs on dissent by the State. It is questionable whether
                  anarchists working in communities of struggle would knowingly place
                  their comrades in danger for such imperceptible gains.

                  - Comrade James
                  www.anarchist-action.org


                  --- In smygo@yahoogroups.com, "Ian & Elisabeth" <beery1@c...> wrote:
                  > How exactly is assassination 'anarchist'? By taking a person's
                  life, you deny that person freedom in perpetuity, and you do it
                  against his will and in an dictatorial manner. I should think that
                  would be the very antithesis of anarchism. Murder is surely the
                  ultimate authoritarian act. Those who defend such acts are unlikely
                  to be capable of setting up a democratic system.
                  >
                  > I would prefer the system we have currently, with all its flaws,
                  than a system run by so-called 'anarchists' who don't actually believe
                  in anarchism.
                  >
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  > From: Professor rat
                  > I respect and admire propaganda of the deed such as assassination,
                  attacks
                  > on the pentagon, etc - beats trench war! We can also explain it
                  better
                  > these days now we have freenets.
                  >
                  >
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                • comrade_blackberry
                  The bullshit becomes stronger as time goes on. Now they re saying that these anarchists have ties with LENINISTS!: Anarchists targeting EU and state
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                    The bullshit becomes stronger as time goes on. Now they're saying that
                    these 'anarchists' have ties with LENINISTS!:

                    Anarchists targeting EU and state institutions with care: Italians

                    08 January 2004 (EU Business)

                    The shadowy anarchists sending booby-trapped letters to European Union
                    and Italian state institutions operate in concert and pick their
                    targets methodically, Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said
                    Thursday.

                    "The anarchists do not act spontaneously as the old cliche would have
                    us believe, but in a methodical fashion, selecting their targets
                    carefully as part of an orchestrated campaign," he told a
                    parliamentary hearing.

                    Italy heads a group of European security experts set up Monday to
                    collect information on an anarchist group after a number of EU
                    officials, including European Commission President Romano Prodi,
                    received booby-trapped letters postmarked Bologna, in northern Italy.

                    On Tuesday, the Bologna public prosecutor, Enrico di Nicola, said the
                    group comprised between 20 and 25 anarchists operating without any
                    structure.

                    "I believe these people are isolated and that after the alert they've
                    managed to create, they must be scared," he told the daily Corriere
                    della Sera.

                    But Pisanu said a lack of command structure did not mean that
                    anarchists acted alone.

                    "On the contrary, they have concerted strategies and most of the time
                    they use instruction manuals which are easily distributed by computer
                    technology," he said.

                    "The institutions and representatives of the European Union have
                    become targets of the anarchists, just like prisons, banks, courts,
                    barracks and anything else that gets in the way of their war against
                    the state and capital," he said.

                    Pisanu said intelligence services had seized a document indicating
                    that new anarchist groups had ties with the reconstituted Red Brigades
                    -- a left-wing militant movement which carried out a series of
                    spectacular kidnappings and murders in the 1980s.

                    The document referred to a movement, set up in October and calling
                    itself the "Red Brigades-Metropolitan guerrillas for building a
                    militant anti-imperialist front."

                    - Comade James
                    www.anarchist-action.org

                    --- In smygo@yahoogroups.com, "Ian & Elisabeth" <beery1@c...> wrote:
                    > Personally, I wouldn't put it past so-called 'anarchists', although
                    as you
                    > say, the jury is clearly still out. Some people (anarchists
                    included) just
                    > don't get it. I hate fucking 'propaganda by deed'. Stupid,
                    wasteful, and
                    > about the most authoritarian act an anarchist can engage in.
                    >
                    > ----- Original Message -----
                    > From: "Dan Clore" <clore@c...>
                    > > [Just what we needed! And you, too, can participate: "You
                    > > don't need to be a rocket scientist to put this sort of
                    > > thing together. The information needed to construct
                    > > rudimentary devices is available to anyone over the Web."
                    > > I've reached the length limit for an e-mail so more will
                    > > have to wait.--DC]
                    > >
                  • Professor rat
                    I agree that it looks very much like a police plot, especially after what happened at the Diaz school Genoa Indymedia attack. The police admitted planting
                    Message 9 of 16 , Jan 11, 2004
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                      I agree that it looks very much like a police plot, especially after what
                      happened at the Diaz school Genoa Indymedia attack. The police admitted
                      planting molotovs there. The tactic of letter bombs however is one some of
                      us will defend as one that is capable of killing and causing massive
                      disruption, search on Unabomber. I don't agree with all that particular
                      (non anarchists,Ted K's ) target choices but we don't renounce a tactic
                      without debate - there are synergies between violent (minority) and pacific
                      ( majority ) actions and that is why we should all support diversity of
                      tactics doctrine imho. Some of us are mad as hell and not going to take it
                      anymore. 'Legal' and 'above board' anarchists have had at least a year to
                      prepare for full blown fascism. Some of us are studying dyi martyr
                      operations to slow them down and avenge crimes committed against us and our
                      friends everyday.


                      At 12:28 PM 1/10/04 +0000, you wrote:
                      >My view is that it could potentially be a police plot.
                      >
                      >My reasoning:
                      >
                      >- Some of the letter bombs were actually delivered to the intended
                      >recipients. They surpassed the usual security checks that members of
                      >the ruling class use to root out such dangerous packages.
                      >
                      >- ETC...
                    • Professor rat
                      IMO we should have ONE tie with Leninists of the calibre of the Nov 17 movement and that is that we have a non aggression pact with these groups for a five
                      Message 10 of 16 , Jan 11, 2004
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                        IMO we should have ONE tie with Leninists of the calibre of the Nov 17
                        movement and that is that we have a non aggression pact with these groups
                        for a five year reviewable period. Also with Al Quida and FARC, the IRA,
                        Basques, etc. This is not a call for a 'Popular front' in any way shape or
                        form, merely that we all get on with job in hand; that is to kill uncle
                        Sam. K.I.S.S. ( Keep it simple stupid )


                        At 12:41 PM 1/10/04 +0000, you wrote:
                        >The bullshit becomes stronger as time goes on. Now they're saying that
                        >these 'anarchists' have ties with LENINISTS!:
                        >
                        >Anarchists targeting EU and state institutions with care: Italians
                        >
                        >08 January 2004 (EU Business)
                        ETC...
                      • Ian & Elisabeth
                        If anarchism is going to be as two-faced as our current system, why change what we have now??? If it s PC to demand that anarchism holds itself to a higher
                        Message 11 of 16 , Jan 11, 2004
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                          If anarchism is going to be as two-faced as our current system, why change what we have now??? If it's PC to demand that anarchism holds itself to a higher standard - if it's PC to demand that anarchists hold to anarchist values, then I'm proud to be PC.

                          People who support these authoritarian acts and who demand that I, as an anarchist, stand by them, are making a mockery of anarchism. If anarchism means killing people for show then I want no part in it. If anarchism means a group of fucking idiots going around mailing letter bombs simply because they can't pose any more honest argument against capitalist society, then anarchism deserves to die kicking and screaming under the boot of capitalist plutocracy. Because if anarchism becomes a dictatorship of a few morons who only have the sense to figure out how to mail parcel bombs, then capitalism is a more beneficial system than any system that could be imposed by terror and violence.

                          ----- Original Message -----
                          From: Paul Cartwright
                          To: smygo@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2004 5:41 AM
                          Subject: [smygo] Re: !!! Mail Bomb !!! ( Scare Stories)


                          The current system we have condones the same thing.
                          However, I find linking assassinations with political ideologies a
                          waste of time. Its done regardless of ideology. Stop being so PC
                          people. (woops i think i was too authoritarian there)

                          --- In smygo@yahoogroups.com, "Ian & Elisabeth" <beery1@c...> wrote:
                          > How exactly is assassination 'anarchist'? By taking a person's
                          life, you deny that person freedom in perpetuity, and you do it
                          against his will and in an dictatorial manner. I should think that
                          would be the very antithesis of anarchism. Murder is surely the
                          ultimate authoritarian act. Those who defend such acts are unlikely
                          to be capable of setting up a democratic system.
                          >
                          > I would prefer the system we have currently, with all its flaws,
                          than a system run by so-called 'anarchists' who don't actually believe
                          in anarchism.
                          >
                          > ----- Original Message -----
                          > From: Professor rat
                          > I respect and admire propaganda of the deed such as assassination,
                          attacks
                          > on the pentagon, etc - beats trench war! We can also explain it
                          better
                          > these days now we have freenets.
                          >
                          >
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                        • Ian & Elisabeth
                          ... From: Professor rat IMO we should have ONE tie with Leninists of the calibre of the Nov 17 movement and that is that we have a non aggression pact with
                          Message 12 of 16 , Jan 11, 2004
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                            ----- Original Message -----
                            From: Professor rat
                            "IMO we should have ONE tie with Leninists of the calibre of the Nov 17
                            movement and that is that we have a non aggression pact with these groups
                            for a five year reviewable period."

                            Oh yeah. That sounds like a great plan! As I recall, anarchists and the Bolsheviks had a non-aggression plan once before during the 1930s. A whole bunch of Anarchists got killed because of trusting Stalin. No thanks.

                            "Also with Al Quida and FARC, the IRA, Basques, etc..."

                            Anyone else have any ideas for how the anarchist movement could destroy itself REALLY quickly. This one would take months. Hey we could simply all hang ourselves - that would get the job done.

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                          • Professor rat
                            ... I specifically said this would NOT be a popular front as that was, are you reading my posts? Or just the bits that upset you? Everything I am suggesting is
                            Message 13 of 16 , Jan 12, 2004
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                              At 02:03 AM 1/12/04 -0500, you wrote:
                              >As I recall, anarchists and the Bolsheviks had a non-aggression plan once
                              >before during the 1930s. A whole bunch of Anarchists got killed because
                              >of trusting Stalin. No thanks.
                              I specifically said this would NOT be a popular front as that was, are you
                              reading my posts?
                              Or just the bits that upset you? Everything I am suggesting is a) voluntary
                              b) anonymous and c) distributed ie. anarchistic. I am confident that we
                              will all muddle through the next critical 50 years - I just think a lot of
                              lives could be saved with a global rolling revolution. A libertarian
                              socialist uprising.
                              Feel free to sit it out Ian, or is it Elisabeth? Do you take it in turns?
                            • Ian Cooper
                              ... I m sorry, but when someone suggests that anarchists ally with a murderous religious fundamentalist organization like Al-Qaida, I tend to think that either
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                                --- In smygo@yahoogroups.com, Professor rat <profrv@n...> wrote:
                                > At 02:03 AM 1/12/04 -0500, you wrote:
                                > Everything I am suggesting is a) voluntary
                                > b) anonymous and c) distributed ie. anarchistic.

                                I'm sorry, but when someone suggests that anarchists ally with a
                                murderous religious fundamentalist organization like Al-Qaida, I tend
                                to think that either the person making that suggestion is completely
                                off his head, or alternatively he's an agent provocateur.
                              • T K Wilson
                                ... From: Ian & Elisabeth To: Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2004 7:14 AM Subject: Re: [smygo] Re: !!! Mail Bomb !!!
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                                  ----- Original Message -----
                                  From: "Ian & Elisabeth" <beery1@...>
                                  To: <smygo@yahoogroups.com>
                                  Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2004 7:14 AM
                                  Subject: Re: [smygo] Re: !!! Mail Bomb !!! ( Scare Stories)

                                  <SNIP>
                                  > People who support these authoritarian acts and who demand that I, as an
                                  anarchist, stand by them, are making a mockery of anarchism. If anarchism
                                  means killing people for show then I want no part in it. If anarchism means
                                  a group of fucking idiots going around mailing letter bombs simply because
                                  they can't pose any more honest argument against capitalist society, then
                                  anarchism deserves to die kicking and screaming under the boot of capitalist
                                  plutocracy. Because if anarchism becomes a dictatorship of a few morons who
                                  only have the sense to figure out how to mail parcel bombs, then capitalism
                                  is a more beneficial system than any system that could be imposed by terror
                                  and violence.
                                  >
                                  >
                                  If anarchism were to "become" something else, it would not be anarchism, it
                                  would be something else. The statement assumes that there is a finite thing,
                                  "anarchism", which is a mutable, malleable entity when, to the best of my
                                  understanding, anarchy is a concept existing only as it's expressed in the
                                  lives of many, many autonomous individuals. Vacous social theory without
                                  flesh and blood (ones own) application is nothing but the wankery of
                                  dilettantes.
                                  If some of those individuals decide to behave an-anarchistically, not only
                                  have they not betrayed anarchism (how could they, since no one or
                                  "organization" can be truly representattive of a concept that eschews
                                  organization?) they are not anarchists!

                                  Capitalism is a system which IS imposed by terror and violence! It commits
                                  violence to both body and soul, continously, from terrified cradle to early
                                  diseased
                                  grave. If it were not or did not it would not be Capitalism, it would be
                                  something else!

                                  When is it a betrayal of anarchistic principles to resist unrelenting
                                  spiritual and bodily and planetary mayhem by any means necessary, wherever
                                  it is encountered?
                                  Who says resistance to violence must be non-violent? Where is that written?
                                  Where is the proof that such a concept is more than bourgeois theory which
                                  does not care about the effects of actual violence to real beings but only
                                  its own self serving point of view?

                                  Where does it say that when I am fighting to save my own life, I may kill
                                  the enemy who is trying to kill me but I must be careful not to kill the
                                  supply clerk shipping him his bullets?

                                  In any case, for the purpose of current argument, this is all moot. I agree
                                  with some of the others that this can only be more fascist conspiratorial
                                  bullshit. It's not as if the technology for crude but effective munitions
                                  were a state secret. One would have to be an idiot, or very careful, to
                                  build and send a series of so called "bombs" which resulted in no injuries
                                  to speak of. Not fucking likely.
                                • Dan Clore
                                  News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo Mystery of mail bomb anarchists hangs over Italy Tue 13 January, 2004 01:12 By Shasta
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                                    Mystery of mail bomb anarchists hangs over Italy
                                    Tue 13 January, 2004 01:12
                                    By Shasta Darlington

                                    BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) -- They haven't injured, let alone
                                    killed, anyone.

                                    But seven crudely-made letter bombs sent to European Union
                                    figures by a previously-unknown anarchist group have Italian
                                    authorities in hot pursuit.

                                    The shadowy movement has rattled European anti-terrorism
                                    investigators and resurrected the ghost of Italy's bloody
                                    political past.

                                    "They got what they wanted: the world's attention," said
                                    Enrico di Nicola, the chief investigator in Bologna where
                                    the group is thought to be based.

                                    The identity of those behind the letter bombs has sparked
                                    speculation in this central Italian city, for decades a
                                    bastion of the Italian left.

                                    Are they extremists ready to plunge the country back into
                                    violence, marginalised teenagers or a front invented by the
                                    Italian secret services?

                                    "I go to a lot of anarchist meetings, and I have no idea who
                                    is behind this. I just hope they don't spark
                                    recriminations," said Miriam, an orange-haired political
                                    science student.

                                    "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

                                    The letter bomb campaign began just before Christmas when
                                    one exploded in the hands of European Commission President
                                    Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister, who was at
                                    home for the holiday in Bologna.

                                    Since then, at least six more have been posted from Bologna
                                    to the head of the European Central Bank, members of the
                                    European Parliament, Europol, and Eurojust, which helps
                                    fight cross-border crime.

                                    A group calling itself the Informal Anarchist Federation
                                    (FAI) claimed responsibility for the first explosion, saying
                                    it was the beginning of their "Santa Claus" campaign.
                                    [Most stories have given the name as the Informal Anarchic
                                    Federation.--DC]

                                    In a manifesto sent to an Italian newspaper, the movement,
                                    which has the same initials as the well-established Italian
                                    Anarchist Federation, said it was opposed to the "new
                                    European order" and advocated "armed struggle".

                                    Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu has warned of potential
                                    links with members of the ultra-left Red Brigades urban
                                    guerrillas.

                                    The Red Brigades terrorised Italy in the 1970s and 1980s
                                    with assassinations and kidnappings. As recently as 2002, a
                                    modern offshoot murdered a government advisor outside his
                                    home in Bologna.

                                    NO BLOOD SEEN

                                    Investigators in the medieval, porticoed city, however, have
                                    played down fears of a return to the "years of lead", named
                                    after the quantity of bullets that littered Italian streets.

                                    "Could they eventually kill people? I sincerely don't think
                                    so," di Nicola told Reuters, though he wouldn't rule out
                                    fresh letter bomb campaigns aimed at new targets.

                                    Crime and political experts tend to agree.

                                    They say those behind the letter bombs are likely members of
                                    loosely-linked anarchist movements intent on destroying what
                                    they see as society's oppressive institutions, which are
                                    represented increasingly by the EU instead of individual states.

                                    "You can't exclude that one day they will make a bigger
                                    bomb, but the strategy for now seems to be low intensity
                                    explosives with a big media impact," said Gianni Cipriani, a
                                    left-leaning author who has written about Italian terrorism.

                                    The letter bomb campaign is not an isolated incident --
                                    police suspect anarchist groups are behind several parcel
                                    bombs that were sent last year to police stations across
                                    Italy and especially in Sardinia.

                                    NO RULES, NO BOSSES

                                    Investigators say the movement could have up to 350 members
                                    and sympathisers with a wide range of profiles -- from
                                    radical "punks" who might be found on the margins of
                                    anti-globalisation marches to intellectuals steeped in theory.

                                    "This movement is characterised by a complete lack of
                                    structure and cohesion. In that world there are no rules and
                                    no hierarchies," Cipriani said.

                                    Investigators worry that they are building ties with more
                                    experienced Greek and Spanish anarchists. Italy's official
                                    anarchist groups have denounced the letter bombs which they
                                    believe are a government "smokescreen".

                                    "They want to divert attention from the fact that their
                                    coalition is divided, the economy is weak and labour groups
                                    across the country are striking," said Federico Ferretti of
                                    the Italian Anarchist Federation.

                                    Italy's anarchist movement saw its heyday during World War
                                    Two as opposition to Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini grew.

                                    Since 1945, it has followed a more Marxist model promoting
                                    grassroots movements and opposing class dominance in
                                    conventional ways such as newspapers and protest marches.

                                    In Bologna, locals are taking it all with a pinch of salt.

                                    "We're not worried. We've seen terrorism, but there's a
                                    difference between putting explosives in an envelope and
                                    killing someone," said the owner of the bar on Prodi's
                                    street, who has even named a cocktail "La Bomba".

                                    *****

                                    Dummy letter bomb delivered to Prodi home in Italy
                                    http://www.chinaview.cn
                                    2004-01-13 11:03:10

                                    ROME, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- An envelope containing spent
                                    cartridges, firecrackers and a handwritten threat, was
                                    delivered on Monday to the Bologna home of European
                                    Commission President Romano Prodi, police said.

                                    The contents of the envelope, addressed to the Prodi family,
                                    were not designed to explode but merely to be a "symbolic
                                    threat" aimed at the European Commission chief, Italian
                                    police investigators said.

                                    The parcel succeeded in penetrating the tight security
                                    facilities placed at Prodi's home because it contained no
                                    detonating device, police noted.

                                    All mails addressed to Prodi's home have been scanned by
                                    security staff since a letter bomb burst into flames in his
                                    hands on Dec. 27, causing no injury or damage but a certain
                                    alarm.

                                    The document in the envelope, accompanied by a photo of
                                    Prodi cut out of a newspaper, is believed to be the work of
                                    a Sardinian anarchist group.

                                    Italian investigators declined to say where the letter was
                                    posted from but specified that it had not come from Bologna,
                                    unlike a batch of letter bombs sent to top European Union
                                    officials recently.

                                    *****

                                    12 Jan 2004 20:02:34 GMT
                                    Threatening parcel sent to Prodi's Italy home

                                    BOLOGNA, Italy, Jan 12 (Reuters) -- A parcel containing
                                    spent shotgun shells arrived at Romano Prodi's Bologna home
                                    on Monday, and police said they did not know if there was
                                    any link with a letter bomb sent to the European Commission
                                    chief in December.

                                    Police sources told Reuters that security staff opened the
                                    parcel, which they described as harmless.

                                    The package also contained fireworks, an anarchist political
                                    declaration, a threatening message and a newspaper cutting
                                    with a photograph of Prodi, a former Italian prime minister,
                                    the police sources said.

                                    The parcel was sent on January 9 from Cagliari, capital of
                                    the island of Sardinia, which has for decades been home to a
                                    low-level insurrectionist movement opposed to rule from Rome.

                                    The sources said it was not yet known whether there was a
                                    link between the package and a series of parcel bombs that
                                    have been sent in the past month to EU institutions and
                                    officials.

                                    One parcel bomb burst into flames in Prodi's hands on
                                    December 27 when he opened it at his Bologna apartment.
                                    Prodi was not injured.

                                    Most of the parcel bombs directed at EU figures are believed
                                    to have been posted from Bologna, a battleground in the past
                                    for extremist groups of the right and left. None of the
                                    parcel bombs caused injuries.

                                    Prodi was not in his flat when Monday's threatening parcel
                                    arrived.

                                    --
                                    Dan Clore

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