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EcoTerrorists With Bomb Arrested Near IBM Facility

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

Swiss police have arrested a group of people said to have had plans to blow up a state of the art IBM nanotechnology research facility near Rueschlikon.

Italians Costantino Ragusa and Silvia Guerini, and Italian-Swiss Luca Bernasconi, were arrested and jailed after police conducting a routine traffic stop found a bomb in their vehicle.  The three were stopped just a few miles from the IBM facility, which is due to open next year, on April 15. Police say a large quantity of explosives was found in the car. The AP reports that police also found a note indicating the planned attack on the facility.

The Daily Mail reports that all three were members of a terrorist group called Il Silvestre, while Gerini and Constantino – the 33-year-old leader of Il Silvestre - already have convictions for eco-terrorism offenses and have served time in prison.

According to DM, Swiss media reported that the intended bombing was planned to coincide with a secret meeting of European anarchists on April 16 and 17 in the Swiss town of Winterthur.

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    ehanger , April 27, 2010 3:24 PM
    too bad it wasnt an apple facility
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    jellico , April 27, 2010 3:18 PM
    Out of curiousity, why are these people considered eco-terrorists? It seems like they are more of the anti-technology variety. Or do they just believe that such human endeavors are raping the planet?
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    isamuelson , April 27, 2010 3:19 PM
    How about just call them what they are - terrorists. I mean, if they were going to bomb the site, I don't what their motivations were, it was all based on causing terror and fear.

    Throw the book at them.
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    jellico , April 27, 2010 3:18 PM
    Out of curiousity, why are these people considered eco-terrorists? It seems like they are more of the anti-technology variety. Or do they just believe that such human endeavors are raping the planet?
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    isamuelson , April 27, 2010 3:19 PM
    How about just call them what they are - terrorists. I mean, if they were going to bomb the site, I don't what their motivations were, it was all based on causing terror and fear.

    Throw the book at them.
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    office_dude , April 27, 2010 3:22 PM
    I guess they were upset that "Deep Blue" beat a human at chess!! Crazy people.
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    ehanger , April 27, 2010 3:24 PM
    too bad it wasnt an apple facility
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    kriswitak , April 27, 2010 3:27 PM
    First the terrorists ruin my favorite TV show South Park with threats, and now they want to destroy my technology?
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    danimal_the_animal , April 27, 2010 3:28 PM
    You mean SKYNET, ROBOTS.

    right?


    So they finally caught the Connors.
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    romansky , April 27, 2010 3:42 PM
    Quote:
    The AP reports that police also found a note indicating the planned attack on the facility.


    How convenient!
    They didnt happen to have a note about Global warming conspiracies did they? =/
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    schmich , April 27, 2010 3:48 PM
    "The group describes itself as anarchist and is opposed to all forms of micro-technology as well as nuclear power and weapons."
    Weapons? Isn't that ironic?
    Reminds me of Mitch Hedberg: "I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it"
    isamuelsonHow about just call them what they are - terrorists. I mean, if they were going to bomb the site, I don't what their motivations were, it was all based on causing terror and fear.Throw the book at them.

    And lets remove the names of all types of cancers? There are many different terrorists and if you just say "terrorists" to the average stupid Joe he thinks of some Taliban from Afghanistan.

    Just like the comment higher up about South Park. As much as that was a joke many people probably don't see that Islamic extremism is not the same thing as this - which is very important to differ if you want to get to the root of the problem.

    By the way...what book are you referring to?
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    gm0n3y , April 27, 2010 4:02 PM
    I'm interested to hear why they chose IBM as a target. There must be more environmentally damaging companies out there than IBM.
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    micr0be , April 27, 2010 4:06 PM
    i just wonder how secret was the secret meeting ?? ... i mean was it super duper secret? or just don't tell my mommy secret? ... i guess they are all using invisibility cloaks
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    Parsian , April 27, 2010 4:10 PM
    the only effective solution to world environmental problem is a human engineered one.

    Except these air heads cannot comprehend whats done is done and that now best we can do is to use technology fix technologically created problems.
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    v1ze , April 27, 2010 4:15 PM
    Wouldn't Eco-terrorists want to promote technology that would use less resources to create and less energy to use? Seems a little mixed up to me.
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    obiown77 , April 27, 2010 4:20 PM
    this could be real, or this could be a random NWO propaganda act. They do this all the time.
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    LORD_ORION , April 27, 2010 4:22 PM
    They sound more like Luddites, not eco-terrorists.
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    gm0n3y , April 27, 2010 4:30 PM
    micr0bei guess they are all using invisibility cloaks


    Hippie #1: "We'll be able to successfully carry off our bombings against major technology producers now that we have our new Invisibility Cloaks!"

    Hippie #2: "Aren't those made using new technologies?"

    Hippie #1: "Noooooooooooo!"

    Hippie #2: "Dude, you sound just like Vader at the end of Episode 3"

    Hippie #1: "You have a television?!?!!! TRAITOR!!! Plus everyone knows that Episodes 1 through 3 don't count"

    Hippie #3: "Hey pass that joint over here"
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    longshotthe1st , April 27, 2010 4:31 PM
    We need to put the fear back into the justice system. No one is afraid of the consequences of their actions. In the US, a lot of killers kill because they know they will get out in 3-5 years because of the overcrowded prisons and lenient penalties.
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    christopherknapp , April 27, 2010 4:31 PM
    Either criminals are getting dumber and dumber, or this was a setup. I love the "routine traffic stop" ... what did they have the bomb on the dash? Or maybe in the baby seat in the back? And they were carrying a letter that references the attack? Come on. Really?
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    SpinachEater , April 27, 2010 4:31 PM
    isamuelsonHow about just call them what they are - terrorists. I mean, if they were going to bomb the site, I don't what their motivations were, it was all based on causing terror and fear.Throw the book at them.


    Duh, only middle easterners are terrorists. This is what makes me sadly disappointed with our country. If they were linked with Al-Qaeda these guys would be getting the old water board treatment by now at Gitmo and this would be all over the news. Eco-terrorists...sheeesh. Makes it sound like they are going to go poo on IBM's front lawn...
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    vicsrealms , April 27, 2010 4:35 PM
    Man, that's just stupid. Its like a pro-lifer taking a bomb to a abortion clinic. Do these idiots have any idea what chemicals might be released during the explosion that ends up being released into the environment. Shoot, even household cleaners aren't something you want to dump into your backyard. This guy should be shot for stupidity.
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    Morgan3rd , April 27, 2010 5:37 PM
    Can somebody explain how someone could believe they are justified to kill people they don't even know? I mean, this isn't a military base, or a prison, its a flipping research facility.
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