Re: Nanotech Restrictions

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Tue Apr 25 2000 - 11:34:29 MDT

From: Charlie Stross <>

>'Fraid I disagree. Case in point: the history of Northern Irish
>republican groups prior to the current (rather tenuous, but
>prolonged) cease-fire.

>In 1991-94, the Provisional IRA demonstrated that if it wanted to
>it could inflict massive economic damage on the British mainland.
>A single active service unit (four committed guerillas) took out
>a bridge at the interesection of the M1 motorway and the North
>Circular, causing massive traffic disruption in London. They then
>went on and critically damaged an office block in the City.
>Combined effect of these explosions was a repair bill in excess of
>UKP 1Bn (about $1.5Bn). In a related train of incidents they
>distributed cigarrette-sized incendiary bombs, stuffed
>into cracks in the seats of tube and commuter trains. Using
>code-words and phoned messages they amplified the impact of this
>campaign so that there were 10 false alarms for each actual
>incident. (Even living outside London and not using the tube for
>commuting, I got caught in about three evacuations during the
>18-month period of that campaign.)

Sounds like a bit of trouble.

Gee, maybe if the english got the hell out of where they don't
belong they wouldn't have these problems....


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