August 23, 2011

LUDDITE TERRORISM IN MEXICO: Nanotechnologists Are Targets of Unabomber Copycat, Alarming Universities.

A package bomb that injured two professors at a university here this month is the latest in a string of attacks by a new terror group inspired by the Unabomber. Its violent actions have put campuses across Mexico on alert and caused nanotechnology researchers worldwide to take precautions with their mail.

Nanotechnology was singled out as a target for the attacks in manifestos posted on the Web by the group behind the bombs, which calls itself “Individualities Tending Toward Savagery.” It has been linked to attacks in France, Spain, and Chile, and to a bomb sent earlier this year to a scientist at another Mexican university who specializes in nanotech. An analyst who helped identify the Unabomber—who turned out to be a former professor—says the posts show signs of someone well-educated who could be affiliated with a college.

The online rants credit the Unabomber as an inspiration.

Al Gore was unavailable for comment. And read this debunking of nano-fears by Freeman Dyson.

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