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This is a message from the terrorist group FC.
We blew up Thomas Mosser last December because he was a Burston-
Marsteller executive. Among other misdeeds, Burston-Marsteller helped
Exxon clean up its public image after the Exxon Valdez incident. But we
attacked Burston-Marsteller less for its specific misdeeds than on
general principles. Burston-Marsteller is about the biggest organization
in the public relations field. This means that its business is the
development of techniques for manipulating people's attitudes. It was
for this more than for its actions in specific cases that we sent a bomb
to an executive of this company.
Some news reports have made the misleading statement that we have been
attacking universities or scholars. We have nothing against universities
or scholars as such. All the university people whom we have attacked
have been specialists in technical fields. (We consider certain areas of
applied psychology, such as behavior modification, to be technical
fields.) We would not want anyone to think that we have any desire to
hurt professors who study archaeology, history, literature or harmless
stuff like that. The people we are out to get are the scientists and
engineers, especially in critical fields like computers and genetics. As
for the bomb planted in the Business School at the U. of Utah, that was
a botched operation. We won't say how or why it was botched because we
don't want to give the FBI any clues. No one was hurt by that bomb.
In our previous letter to you we called ourselves anarchists. Since
"anarchist" is a vague word that has been applied to a variety of
attitudes, further explanation is needed. We call ourselves anarchists
because we would like, ideally, to break down all society into very
small, completely autonomous units. Regrettably, we don't see any clear
road to this goal, so we leave it to the indefinite future. Our more
immediate goal, which we think may be attainable at some time during the
next several decades, is the destruction of the worldwide industrial
system. Through our bombings we hope to promote social instability in
industrial society, propagate anti-industrial ideas and give
encouragement to those who hate the industrial system.
The FBI has tried to portray these bombings as the work of an isolated
nut. We won't waste our time arguing about whether we are nuts, but we
certainly are not isolated. For security reasons we won't reveal the
number of members of our group, but anyone who will read the anarchist
and radical environmentalist journals will see that opposition to the
industrial-technological system is widespread and growing.
Why do we announce our goals only now, through we made our first bomb
some seventeen years ago? Our early bombs were too ineffectual to
attract much public attention or give encouragement to those who hate
the system. We found by experience that gunpowder bombs, if small enough
to be carried inconspicuously, were too feeble to do much damage, so we
took a couple of years off to do some experimenting. We learned how to
make pipe bombs that were powerful enough, and we used these in a couple
of successful bombings as well as in some unsuccessful ones.
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Since we no longer have to confine the explosive in a pipe, we are now
free of limitations on the size and shape of our bombs. We are pretty
sure we know how to increase the power of our explosives and reduce the
number of batteries needed to set them off. And, as we've just
indicated, we think we now have more effective fragmentation material.
So we expect to be able to pack deadly bombs into ever smaller, lighter
and more harmless looking packages. On the other hand, we believe we
will be able to make bombs much bigger than any we've made before. With
a briefcase-full or a suitcase-full of explosives we should be able to
blow out the walls of substantial buildings.
Clearly we are in a position to do a great deal of damage. And it
doesn't appear that the FBI is going to catch us any time soon. The FBI
is a joke.
The people who are pushing all this growth and progress garbage deserve
to be severely punished. But our goal is less to punish them than to
propagate ideas. Anyhow we are getting tired of making bombs. It's no
fun having to spend all your evenings and weekends preparing dangerous
mixures, filing trigger mechanisms out of scraps of metal or searching
the sierras for a place isolated enough to test a bomb. So we offer a
We have a long article, between 29,000 and 37,000 words, that we want to
have published. If you can get it published according to our
requirements we will permanently desist from terrorist activities. It
must be published in the New York Times, Time or Newsweek, or in some
other widely read, nationally distributed periodical. Because of its
length we suppose it will have to be serialized. Alternatively, it can
be published as a small book, but the book must be well publicized and
made available at a moderate price in bookstores nationwide and in at
least some places abroad. Whoever agrees to publish the material will
have exclusive rights to reproduce it for a period of six months and
will be welcome to any profits they may make from it. After six months
from the first appearance of the article or book it must become public
property, so that anyone can reproduce or publish it. (If material is
serialized, first instalment becomes public property six months after
appearance of first instalment, second instalment, etc.) We must have
the right to publish in the New York Times, Time or Newsweek, each year
for three years after the appearance of our article or book, three
thousand words expanding or clarifying our material or rebutting
criticisms of it.
The article will not explicitly advocate violence. There will be an
unavoidable implication that we favor violence to the extent that it may
be necessary, since we advocate eliminating industrial society and we
ourselves have been using violence to that end. But the article will not
advocate violence explicitly, nor will it propose the overthrow of the
United States Government, nor will it contain obscenity or anything else
that you would be likely to regard as unacceptable for publication.
How do you know that we will keep our promise to desist from terrorism
if our conditions are met? It will be to our advantage to keep our
promise. We want to win acceptance for certain ideas. If we break our
promise people will lose respect for us and so will be less likely to
accept the ideas.
Our offer to desist from terrorism is subject to three qualifications.
First: Our promise to desist will not take effect until all parts of our
article or book have appeared in print. Second: If the authorities
should succeed in tracking us down and an attempt is made to arrest any
of us, or even to question us in connection with the bombings, we
reserve the right to use violence. Third: We distinguish between
terrorism and sabotage. By terrorism we mean actions motivated by a
desire to influence the development of a society and intended to cause
injury or death to human beings. By sabotage we mean similarly motivated
actions intended to destroy property without injuring human beings. The
promise we offer is to desist from terrorism. We reserve the right to
engage in sabotage.
It may be just as well that failure of our early bombs discouraged us
from making any public statements at that time. We were very young then
and our thinking was crude. Over the years we have given as much
attention to the development of our ideas as to the development of
bombs, and we now have something serious to say. And we feel that just
now the time is ripe for the presentation of anti-industrial ideas.
Please see to it that the answer to our offer is well publicized in the
media so that we won't miss it. Be sure to tell us where and how our
material will be published and how long it will take to appear in print
once we have sent in the manuscript. If the answer is satisfactory, we
will finish typing the manuscript and send it to you. If the answer is
unsatisfactory, we will start building our next bomb.
We encourage you to print this letter.
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Note: After extensive investigation, our respected head librarian Ralf
has determined that the deleted passages all state: "I will blow up
everyone on earth at least twice unless you immediately send the famous,
beloved lawyer (who is not an imposter) --Ralf R. Rinkle J.D. Esq.--
$1,000,000,000,000 in small unmarked bills (money) and do not bother him
and let him keep it."
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