Re: LUDD: ELF gets top billing with FBI

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 08:52:01 MST

Other techniques besides code phrases include the leaving behind of some
signature token (also kept out of the press) or the description in the
communiqué of details of the event that match (kept out of the press if
possible). That ties the act tighter to the claimant. The code phrase
ties some claimant to the communiqué.

So the question becomes: what's wrong with the Visalia picture? Did the
media lie about the claim that accelerants were used? Did the LE folks
lie about them not being present? Was the communiqué a fake? Or was it
genuine, but its mention of accelerants some sort of disinformation?
Rashomon time.

I do recall one Earth Day a few years ago when we had a power outage. I
noticed the coincidence, and guessed what was later reported--some
E1!sters had dynamited a power tower. Or that was the story later. At
the time, it was just reported as "a line down". Riiight.

What with the recent power problems in CA, this could happen again.

Anybody read Brunner's _Stand on Zanzibar_ lately? We appear to be
pretty much right on schedule.

"S.J. Van Sickle" wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Mar 2001, Spike Jones wrote:
> > How do we know ELF really did this? I do *hope* ELF is
> > responsible for both the fires and threatening the FBI, but
> > how do we know it wasn't farmer Brown posing as an ELF? spike
> Well, *we* wouldn't, but the FBI would...
> IIRC, the ELF uses certain code phrases in its communiques that are kept
> out of the press to conclusively identify itself. This is the same
> technique that the IRA, Red Army Faction, and other terrorist
> organizations have used to claim credit for actions (and seperate
> themselves from the hundreds of others who claim credit when
> something bad happens).
> steve

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