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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Anarchists May Next Target Italy, ex-CIA Man Says

A group calling itself  "Individuals Tending to Savagery," which has claimed responsibility for sending  package bombs to robotics professors in Mexico, may be casing universities in Milan, Italy, an influential private intelligence newsletter said Wednesday.

“Specifically, the ITS is a movement that claims it opposes any development of neo- or nanotechnology anywhere in the world, and they are now linked to attacks in several different countries of Europe, including operations in Spain and France according to U.S. intelligence analysts,” the newsletter  privately circulated by former CIA official Vince Cannistraro said.

“There are now higher risks that that ITS may be casing possible university targets in Milan, Italy and the delivery methods would be the postal system.”

A Mexican state prosecutor, citing a note found at the scene, said the group was responsible for sending the explosive packages that injured two robotics professors Monday at the Monterrey Technological Institute outside the capital.  Neither was seriously injured.

Another "suspicious envelope presumably containing explosives was found at Mexico's National Polytechnical Institute on Tuesday, though it didn't detonate," the Associated Press reported.

"We have no remorse," the group said on a radical web site, "our aim was precisely for the guards to deliver the package to the intended professor," who it identified as Oscar Camacho, a researcher in  "micro-electro-mechanical systems,” the AP said.

According to ABC News, the group also praised “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, an anti-technology zealot whose mail-bombs killed three people and injured 23 in the U.S. over a 20 year period beginning in 1978.

Cannistraro, a former head of intelligence programs in the Reagan White House National Security Council, “Some of the current actions appear linked to similar actions against academics in Europe."

He added, "There have been indications that members associated with this group of anarchists also undertook postage operations in Switzerland, Greece and attempted actions in Italy, Germany and France, although some of the intentions were political and not anti-technology as the latest actions are in Mexico."