December 12, 2016: Police foil anarchist bomb plot in Greece

On December 12, 2016 Greek police destroyed a suspected bomb planted allegedly by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire outside the Labor Ministry in central Athens.

ATHENS, GREECE – Just because a terrorist group adopts a cool name does not mean it is very good.

If you are trying to sell something the way you choose to do so can make all the difference. Do you create a Website? If so, do you make it up yourself, or do you hire a professional? Hint, hint I recommend the latter as my first attempt at drafting Borealis was a disaster!

Another way to market yourself is to choose a distinctive logo (I happen to LOVE the Borealis one I had designed) or a catchy name (again, I like Borealis: it evokes the north, a spectrum of threats, etc.). Some products are so well known – think the Nike Swoosh – that they almost become unconscious.

Yep, there go our profits – sky high! (Photo: Guian Bolisay on flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

The same goes for terrorist groups. There has to be some consideration given to what is being advertised, what messages the leadership wants to convey.

Not all groups get it right, as a couple of previous Borealis Top Ten podcasts illustrated. And, as it turns out, one of the worst terrorist group names is featured here.

On this day in 2016

Greek police destroyed a suspected bomb planted outside the Labor Ministry in central Athens, after a warning telephone call had been made to a newspaper. Authorities had been alerted following an anonymous call at 1 AM in which the caller said a bomb was to explode in 40 minutes.

Greek security services attributed the lousy bomb to the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF also known as the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei), an urban anarchist group that has been around since 2008. This bunch has been hard to nail down as it has been disinclined to release any information other than its aims, which are to be in a constant state of revolt and carry out small, “havoc-wreaking” actions.

We dedicate the attack at the court house to our brothers.

CCF statement targeting a court before the trial of 13 of its suspected members on January 17, 2011

The US listed the CCF as a terrorist group in 2011. Really? Does a gaggle of anarchists who have done little damage rate that attention? Maybe if they changed their name to sound less dorky…

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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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