April 27, 2011: Assassination attempt in Mexico

On April 27, 2011 a bomb targeted the head of engineering and nanotechnology at a Mexican university in an anti-technology’ attack.

TULTITLAN, MEXICO – It was one thing to want to keep things simple, quite another to kill someone for it.

OK, OK, I get it. A lot of people are worried about technology. Whether it is GM crops, AI facial recognition or the robots taking over (NB I am a HUGE Isaac Asimov fan!), there are many who see humans going places where they should not. We would have been better off to leave everything to the gods to decide, no?

NB – I just finished watching the 1963 classic(?) film Jason and the Argonauts where the gods DID decide just about everything and the Greeks did not always fare as well as they could have. Check out the movie and see – and you’ll also get classic(?) 1960’s special effects!

It is one thing to refuse to buy corn chips at your local grocery because you ain’t too sure about the GMOs; it is quite another to kill someone working in a science sector over it.

On this day in 2011

A bomb targeted Carlos Alberto Camacho Olguín, head of engineering and nanotechnology at the Polytechnic University of the Valley of Mexico in Tultitlán, in what was described as an anti-technology‘ attack. An eco-anarchist group calling itself Individualistas Teniendo a lo Salvaje (Individuals Tending Towards Savagery or ITS) claimed responsibility for the bombing. The group later published online a 5,500-word diatribe against nanotechnology.

It would be best for them to walk carefully within and outside the university, that they take warning of every suspicious shape in rooms, buildings, parking areas and campus, because one of these days, we are going to make them pay for everything that they want to do to the Earth with these kinds of nano-scale technologies.

ITS warning

Will this form of terrorism grow? There certainly is a great deal of angst over climate change, pollution, micro-plastics and other ills brought about by humans. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see more violent attacks in the future as oppositionists seek to make their point.

Gee, maybe we should just let the gods rule our lives again, no? Anyone got Zeus on speed dial?

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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