FAI attempts letter bombing of Deutsche Bank CEO

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Dec 9 2011 02:24
FAI attempts letter bombing of Deutsche Bank CEO

Anarchist group claims letter bomb: German police

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An Italian anarchist group has claimed responsibility for a letter bomb sent to Josef Ackermann, chief executive of Deutsche Bank, and may have sent two more packages, investigators said on Thursday.

The suspicious envelope, intercepted on Wednesday evening, has raised fears that a wave of protests against the failures and excesses of bankers could turn more violent, and prompted police across Europe to warn banks to be extra vigilant.

Ackermann, 63, a Swiss who is the first non-German to head Germany's biggest bank, is one of the few senior managers in the country always surrounded by bodyguards.

A hidden, rolled-up letter written in Italian from the Federazione Anarchica Informale (the Informal Anarchist Group, or FAI) spoke of "three explosions against bankers, banks, fleas and bloodsuckers," the German investigators said.

"So it must be deduced from this that two more letter bombs may have been sent," the Criminal Investigations Office for the state of Hesse and Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement.

Earlier they said initial tests had shown the letter bomb sent to Ackermann was operational.

The FAI previously claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb that injured two people in the offices of the Swiss nuclear lobby group in March, as well as for parcel bombs sent to the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome last year.

The group also claimed to be behind a letter bomb sent to the European Central Bank, also based in Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, in 2003.

Security has been stepped up at Deutsche Bank offices around the world, banking sources said. One insider said the number of threats against Ackermann had increased in recent months and his security would be tightened, though there were no plans to cancel public appearances.

Two Greek commercial banks said they had already been operating under top security conditions after similar letter bomb incidents last year.

SECURITY CHECKS

One banking source said that since 2006 every item of mail sent to members of Deutsche Bank's executive committee was put through a security check.

"We are deeply affected by the violent assault on our CEO Josef Ackermann," a spokesman for Deutsche Bank said. Employees heading to work, however, said they did not feel threatened.

"There are always people who think a solution would be to make someone pay, but as an employee, I do not feel threatened," Stefan Popp told Reuters Television.

European leaders were to meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to try to agree on a way out of a sovereign debt crisis that has triggered a wave of government austerity measures and caused Germans to fret they may have to foot the bill.

Some experts said the euro zone debt crisis could have prompted the attempted attack.

A letter bomb sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel last year originated in Greece and is thought to have been linked to an anarchist group reacting to the extreme austerity measures.

Earlier, Frankfurt's offshoot of the Occupy protest movement, which is critical of banks and has been staging protests in New York, Washington, London and many other cities, denied any connection with the attempted attack.

"We condemn any action that is linked to violence," said Frank Stegmaier, an activist in the Occupy Frankfurt group, which has been camping outside the ECB since mid-October.

"Occupy has other ways of protesting," he added.

"SYMBOLIC TARGET"

Before the FAI claim of responsibility, security experts had speculated about the possible involvement of the anti-capitalist movement in Germany which has been gaining momentum, as seen by a number of arson attacks on the Berlin rail network earlier this year.

"I don't think a sustained campaign against business or even banking leaders is likely in Germany. Ackermann is a highly symbolic target, who has personal security wherever he goes," said David Lea, a senior analyst for Europe at Control Risks.

Ackermann is the highest-paid chief executive of a German blue-chip company, earning 9 million euros ($12 million) in 2010. He is chairman of the Institute of International Finance, the bank lobbying group negotiating a private-sector contribution toward a multi-billion euro bailout of Greece.

Due to retire as chief executive in May after more than 10 years at the head of Deutsche, he is credited with transforming the bank into a "global champion," and has become associated with Wall Street-style bonuses and a shareholder-driven management style.

Last month, Ackermann was whistled and shouted at by Occupy Movement members during a speech in the city of Hamburg.

A previous Deutsche Bank head, Alfred Herrhausen, was murdered in 1989 by leftist Red Army Faction guerrillas who blew up his car.

If there is apparently going to be three explosive attempts, should we take bets on where the other two are going to go?

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Dec 9 2011 03:30

Nothing good will come of this. At least the Weather Underground called in bomb threats and got people evacuated...this could have killed proles...

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Dec 9 2011 04:14

Alienating dah masses

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Dec 9 2011 07:37

The way they use the FAI acronym , thus implicating the Federazione Anarchica Italiana, is also extremely dodgy

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Dec 9 2011 08:35

Aye, why are they using FAI?!

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Dec 9 2011 10:12

When they did bombings a few years back and various papers reported it as being done by the Italian Anarchist Federation, the Italian Anarchist Federation put out a statement saying basically 'not us, not our method of strugglf' they were condemned by various nutters from across the anarchist spectrum for lack of solidarity. roll eyes

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Dec 9 2011 12:22
T La Palli wrote:
Aye, why are they using FAI?!

Beause they are a gang of cunts.

When choosing those initials, they would have done this knowing full well that it would cause confusion and possible repercussions having two FAIs in the same country. This begs the question whether the 'Informals' are some kind of black-op, either state or freelance. I don't know the answer to that but they are clearly a very dodgy outfit.

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Dec 9 2011 13:16

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Dec 9 2011 13:20
Serge Forward wrote:
This begs the question whether the 'Informals' are some kind of black-op, either state or freelance. I don't know the answer to that but they are clearly a very dodgy outfit.

Same.

At first I thought, people raising hell, cool shit (and, tbh, I've expected something like this to happen at one point in time)... then I read this thread and was like, something's fishy...

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Dec 9 2011 13:42
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i think it's time for a name change....

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Dec 9 2011 16:48

From googling the name and looking at sites I can't read I think they are a pre-exisitng insurrecto-primie group. I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with the name in order to parody/annoy the existing FAI who they probably don't think are real anarchists. If that's the case, and it was actually them behind this then the dumping of the FA-Italia in the shit would be an accidental side effect of juvenile naming rather than implying deliberate framing.

This is all speculation based on little evidence though. I wonder if any people who know about Italian insurrectionist grouplets could help?

Edit: turns out this lot have form for setting off letter bombs since at least 2003. Maybe what I said above was nonsense. No idea.

http://www.biobiochile.cl/2010/12/23/grupo-anarquista-reivindica-atentado-contra-embajada-de-chile-en-italia.shtml

http://www.biobiochile.cl/2010/12/24/fai-el-grupo-anarquista-que-suele-cometer-atentados-en-navidad.shtml

So reading through more articles they don't seem to be a single organisation, more a 'brand' for affinity groups. So it's probably impossible to know who's doing what for what reasons, and it would be perfectly easy for the government to set up 'attacks' under their name without anyone being able to dissosiate that from the name.

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Dec 9 2011 17:04

FFS insurrectionism isn't what it used to be.
How do you go from this:

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A previous Deutsche Bank head, Alfred Herrhausen, was murdered in 1989 by leftist Red Army Faction guerrillas who blew up his car.

to being the flippin' unabomber?

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Dec 9 2011 17:12

The German media talks about "left anarchists". (At first I thought they were just pulling the A-card)

Don't tell me AnCaps are being recognized here?! Wouldn't know any other reason to add the "left"...

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Dec 9 2011 18:18

"left anarchists" could be being used as a term to implicate the broader left because the of the actions of these idiots. Here in the US we've seen terms such as "big government anarchists" and "marxist anarchists" in the 'news', so I can deal with "left anarchists".

As for the Informal Anarchist Federation, they seem to be close to the red brigades, despite major ideological differences. Both seem like very shitty groups, but I don't really know much about Italian revolutionary organizations.

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Dec 9 2011 20:30

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16120156 I think a better name would be suitable, maybe "people's will" you know like the Russian peasant political nihilist movement.

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Dec 9 2011 21:45

It's funny though imagining a really mad anarchist huddled over these bomb ingredients tapping maniacally his fingers in a dimly lit basement cellar in Italy muttering "Accursed bourgeois clowns, they'll never see this coming...! The revolution shall be delivered while you lavishly eat your breakfast sausage... right in your face!"

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Dec 10 2011 01:46
qbbmvrjsssdd wrote:
It's funny though imagining a really mad anarchist huddled over these bomb ingredients tapping maniacally his fingers in a dimly lit basement cellar in Italy muttering "Accursed bourgeois clowns, they'll never see this coming...! The revolution shall be delivered while you lavishly eat your breakfast sausage... right in your face!"

Jesus, stop it. You'll make me waste my time writing comics if you keep on giving out awesome ideas like that. Next frame: A slim Parisian student running away from a wall which has been daubed with the words "the revolution is an exploding sausage in the face of every bourgeoisie!"

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Dec 10 2011 03:10
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From googling the name and looking at sites I can't read I think they are a pre-exisitng insurrecto-primie group. I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with the name in order to parody/annoy the existing FAI who they probably don't think are real anarchists. If that's the case, and it was actually them behind this then the dumping of the FA-Italia in the shit would be an accidental side effect of juvenile naming rather than implying deliberate framing.

This is all speculation based on little evidence though. I wonder if any people who know about Italian insurrectionist grouplets could help?

Edit: turns out this lot have form for setting off letter bombs since at least 2003. Maybe what I said above was nonsense. No idea.

http://www.biobiochile.cl/2010/12/23/grupo-anarquista-reivindica-atentado-contra-embajada-de-chile-en-italia.shtml

http://www.biobiochile.cl/2010/12/24/fai-el-grupo-anarquista-que-suele-cometer-atentados-en-navidad.shtml

So reading through more articles they don't seem to be a single organisation, more a 'brand' for affinity groups. So it's probably impossible to know who's doing what for what reasons, and it would be perfectly easy for the government to set up 'attacks' under their name without anyone being able to dissosiate that from the name.

This.
See also here:
http://325.nostate.net/?tag=informal-anarchist-federation-fai
I'd reckon the name was chosen deliberately to position themselves as 'the realz FAI'; the confusion between the two FAIs seems like a side effect of this positioning rather than deliberate framing. But I'm just speculating.

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Dec 10 2011 03:59

Just a side effect of deliberate positioning or them being complete fucking bastards? Who cares if they are juvenile + insane or just evil. Either way they suck epically.

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Dec 10 2011 04:34

Bringing repression on your fellow leftists is disgusting.

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Dec 10 2011 09:08

This is what I never quite understood about the persecution and prosecution of the IWA comrades in Belgrade a couple of years back. I mean I get it about solidarity and not condemning others and all that, I really do. But ultimately, the douchebags that were "guilty" certainly didn't seem to show much solidarity when they were running around free while the innocent comrades were rotting in jail for something someone else did. Of course kudos to them for doing it their way and still beating the frame job, and of course those most effected by a struggle should guide it or at least have veto power, but it just blows my mind there are people who won't extend solidarity by refusing to care or understand that their actions bring repression on others. But then those types are the first to shout about the lack of solidarity the minute someone says , "look, we don't do it that way and doing it that way would be a betrayal of our principles." Maybe the actual perpetrators DID send out a communique taunting the state about how they had the wrong guys, but I certainly didn't hear about that. That said, I'm sure my grasp of the belgrade situation is minimal at best so somone in the know can feel free to put me in my place, and I'll withdraw my comments.

It just feels a lot like the whole blame the victim mentality.

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Dec 10 2011 09:44

jesuithitsquad - I totally agree with the point you're making, but IMO the "FAI" attack and the Belgrade situation are not comparable: in Belgrade a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Greek embassy, doing nothing more than €17 worth of damage to a door or window or something. In my eyes that doesn't count as terrorism, but sending letter bombs does.

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Dec 10 2011 10:41

making this thread go off topic, but still...

communal_pie wrote:
Bringing repression on your fellow leftists is disgusting.

while i do not agree with the tactic used by this "fai" and feel bad for the original italian organization which initials are now being used by the "informals", what communal pie said, made me think...

sending a letterbombs is one thing, throwing a molotov at an embassy is another, then there are black blocs, smashing a window every now and then, scuffles at protests, sabotage and othe types of "illegal" politically motivated actions, which may bring repressions to the whole movement or some "activists".

but where do you make the line? in my area, anarchism is either unknown or unpopular, also any effective but illegal action, even if is to promote ideas or events - such as pasting posters, could possibly bring us repressions of some form. what i'm trying to ask is, what should be considered vanguard and harmful for the movement? i know people, considering themselves as anarchists or libertarian socialists, who are only participating in legal actions and also condemning others, who, for an example, want to put up posters or carry out sabotage. while do i understand the concern that illegal actions of some might also bring repression on others, staying in the frames of legal actions are surely not bringing any changes we wish to see as anarchsits?

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Dec 10 2011 11:53

The problem with letter bombing is not that it is illegal but that it kills completely innocent people and gives the state the perfect excuse to be as ruthless as it wants. Back in the day the Italian state did indeed do terrorist acts and blame it on the extreme Left in order to shore up support for the Right in the country. This is no accident. The state likes this kind of violence, it is something it understands and is its most prominent self-justification.

But the innocent people issue is the most important. I was just reading about the Galleanisti who did exactly these tactics back in the US. The only person to be really hurt by it was a black house maid who opened up one of the packages and had her arms and face blown off. This kind of terrorist shit is disgusting and nothing could be more anti-revolutionary. There is such a thing as revolutionary violence but this isn't it.

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Dec 10 2011 12:09

Aye even if you're into that assassination shit (personally I think it's a pointless exercise which rewinds anarchist strategy by about 100 years and misunderstands the entire point of anarchist thought) letter bombs have to be among the stupidest, most anti-working class methods of doing it possible - postie drops the package, boom. secretary opens it (most likely ffs), boom. There's a low chance of success and a high chance of hurting someone else entirely.

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Dec 10 2011 13:50

Are these the people whose bombs aren't really bombs? Seem to remember that the letters caught fire rather than exploded?

I still agree with Robs point above. While in no way supporting this type action their timing and target is a bit "better" this time, at least from a populist point of view.

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Dec 10 2011 14:41

The difference is that another organisation used the initials FAI when there was no need to, which would bring (and here's the important part) unnecessary repression on other leftists.

If you bring unnecessary heaviness to someone else's door, what does that make you?

And if you can't be arsed to draw any sort of line, just remember that an illegal picket line is a million times more useful than sending a letter bomb to a politician who would probably never have even opened it, even if it was a normal letter.

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Dec 10 2011 18:15

Incredible, but true...there's a Wikipedia page on them:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informal_Anarchist_Federation

Anyway, from what I can remember they always made it clear they didn't have anything to do with the Anarchist Federation in their communiques.

I don't want to play advocate's devil cos I have a lot of objections to insurrectionary anarchism in general, but they use exactly the same strategies and tactics as groups like the Red Brigades, of which a lot of people I've met in the UK seem to have a pretty heroic image.

The question that worries me, when it comes to Italian things like these, being Italian myself, is: who are they, really? Why do they do what they do, what are their interests? Italy's history is full of examples of "terrorist" groups directly paid and created by the State to create terror and justify the repression of radical groups.

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Dec 10 2011 23:36
Italy Calling wrote:
I don't want to play advocate's devil cos I have a lot of objections to insurrectionary anarchism in general, but they use exactly the same strategies and tactics as groups like the Red Brigades, of which a lot of people I've met in the UK seem to have a pretty heroic image

there is a huge difference about resorting to strategy and tactics that only a small (vanguard) minority can carry out such as terrorist outrages and tactics that can be more easily generalised and used through out the class like wildcat action. I'd rather revolutionaries promoted tactics like the sparkies and cleaners wild cat strikes than letter bombs. The Provisional IRA had a 'heroic' image amongst some workers in the UK. But their methods failed to highlight to the working class the real class enemy or effetively directly attack them like wildcat strikes.

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Dec 10 2011 23:41

Sorry double post