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Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested For al-Qaeda Ties

timothy posted about 5 years ago | from the now-that's-gratitude-for-ya dept.

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mindbrane writes "A scientist working as a subcontractor on a peripheral LHC project has been arrested as a terrorist. The CBC is running a story outlining the arrest of a man on Thursday in south-east France for suspected al-Qaeda links: 'CERN officials said the man, whose name has not been revealed, was working under contract with an outside institute and said he had no contact with anything that could have been used for terrorism. He had been at CERN since 2003, officials said. ... The news that someone with terrorist connections might have worked at the facility is likely to cause concern because of both the high profile of the giant physics experiment and also the technology in use, which has made some members of the public nervous.'"

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better safe than sorry (5, Funny)

Inominate (412637) | about 5 years ago | (#29710365)

He could cause the creation of a blackhole that will kill us all!

Or he could cause a couple of magnets to quench and suck up even more money!

Maybe the two are related?

Re:better safe than sorry (2, Funny)

Wowsers (1151731) | about 5 years ago | (#29710433)

He was just looking for an appropriate place to play his "Magnetic Fields" Jean Michel Jarre CD!

Re:better safe than sorry (3, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#29710527)

Jean Michel Jarre CD

So he posessed WMD's?

Re:better safe than sorry (3, Interesting)

Smegly (1607157) | about 5 years ago | (#29710927)

Talking about black holes of information, where did the French secret service get the supposed "evidence" for this supposed list of EU terrorist targets - if there is any? Certainly not off napkin scrawls hidden under the guys bed. Perhaps it was by the normal channels: beating, starving, electrocuting, mauling with dogs then stringing to the roof [wikipedia.org] some Afghan peasant/soldier in a one of the many private corporate run prisons [telegraph.co.uk] they got set up down there and around the world until he muttered "Mohammad, list of targets, France... lllllhhhhhcccc*gasp*" ?

OR is this story just about yet another Orwellian military/police state shadow organization trying to justify they are not a *big* part of the "let all hate each other" problem?

Fscked if we will ever know, the story in all its lack of credibility is out there now and its purpose served. Slashdot only managed to scape it up, make it even worse on details or open to questions of credibility than it already was to begin with. Journalist bloggers wanting to be taken seriously, indeed.

Re:better safe than sorry (5, Funny)

mickwd (196449) | about 5 years ago | (#29711089)

If wearing an Al-Qaeda tie is causing such a problem, why doesn't someone just ask him to take it off?

Or get one of those ones held on with elastic.

Or a spinning bow-tie maybe? Seems quite appropriate for the LHC.

Cue black hole jokes (-1, Redundant)

syousef (465911) | about 5 years ago | (#29710371)

in 5...4....3...2...1

Re:Cue black hole jokes (5, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | about 5 years ago | (#29710489)

Dont you understand how dangerous black holes would be in *terrorists* hands? They could use them to destroy the whole world. In my opinion only Americans should be allowed to create black holes.

Re:Cue black hole jokes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710711)

Dont you understand how dangerous black holes would be in *terrorists* hands? They could use them to destroy the whole world. In my opinion only Americans should be allowed to create black holes.

The black holes in Chicago are very dangerous. Most are American made.

Re:Cue black hole jokes (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710861)

Right. And most of them have at least 5 kids by 6 absentee fathers....

Re:Cue black hole jokes (5, Funny)

Robin47 (1379745) | about 5 years ago | (#29710785)

Imagine trying to smuggle one onto an airplane... "I'm sorry, sir, your bag is overweight."

Re:Cue black hole jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710925)

But sir, apart from a hole, there is nothing in it!
Look for yourself...

Re:Cue black hole jokes (5, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 5 years ago | (#29710869)

The good news is that the National Ray-Gun Association is fighting the 3-day waiting period for mad scientists.

Re:Cue black hole jokes (4, Funny)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | about 5 years ago | (#29710961)

Wait, is that "good" news, or "Good news everybody!" news?

Re:Cue black hole jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710979)

Black holes is a racist term.

Re:Cue black hole jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710503)

Because the LHC will create a black hole that will swallow us, we're destined to be in a universe where the LHC either malfunctions on its own or is sabotaged by terrorists.

Well...Actually.... (1)

WoRLoKKeD (1142351) | about 5 years ago | (#29710591)

I was going to say that this man should prepare for unforseen concequences.

...I'll get my coat.

Re:Cue black hole jokes (1)

Destoo (530123) | about 5 years ago | (#29710847)

in 5..4..3..2..1..0..-1...

Funny that the blackhole joke came up one minute before the countdown.
Cue time travel jokes in -5, -6, -7...

Re:Cue black hole jokes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711097)

But there's no holes involved at all in a Large Hard-on Collider, are there?

Speaking of which, how fast will these hardons be accelerated, exactly? I always thought we'd have zero-G tits before the maglev dick came along...

Movie plot danger (2, Funny)

leuk_he (194174) | about 5 years ago | (#29710373)

Or a anti matter bomb like in angels and demons [wired.com] .

Disbelieve (2, Interesting)

V!NCENT (1105021) | about 5 years ago | (#29710385)

A religious al-Qaeda scientist, without a name. Why do I not believ this. Especially because al-Qaeda is not a group anymore because the US have already kicked their asses and al-Qaeda is now reffered to as people that want to commit terrorism under the name, just because they desire to use the titel. This is allowed by al-Qaeda btw...

Re:Disbelieve (4, Funny)

FireFury03 (653718) | about 5 years ago | (#29710397)

So al-Qaeda won't sue for trademark infringement?

Re:Disbelieve (2, Funny)

superslacker87 (998043) | about 5 years ago | (#29710721)

So al-Qaeda won't sue for trademark infringement?

Nope. The name al-Qaeda is licensed under Creative Commons.

Re:Disbelieve (3, Interesting)

ionix5891 (1228718) | about 5 years ago | (#29710429)

How do you kick ass of an organisation that didnt exist in first place?

if you tell a lie often enough....

Re:Disbelieve (5, Interesting)

4D6963 (933028) | about 5 years ago | (#29710649)

It does exist, although only in the sense that the group Anonymous exists. That's the same lack of hierarchy/organisation/official structure. In my analogy, moot = Osama bin Laden.

Re:Disbelieve (2, Funny)

Guppy (12314) | about 5 years ago | (#29710781)

It does exist, although only in the sense that the group Anonymous exists. That's the same lack of hierarchy/organisation/official structure. In my analogy, moot = Osama bin Laden.

This needs to be meme'd! Complete with a moe-fied Osama-chan with kitty-ears or something.

Re:Disbelieve (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711105)

It does exist, although only in the sense that the group Anonymous exists.

Hey man, keep it down. We don't need another leak.

You did your reading, didn't you? (3, Funny)

S3D (745318) | about 5 years ago | (#29710797)

The Foundation (Al-Quaeda in Arabic) will be created in 12000 years by Harry Seldon, as the result of nuclear proliferation initiated by time-traveling terrorist, inspired by subversive element from Hidden Centuries.

Re:Disbelieve (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | about 5 years ago | (#29710971)

if you tell a lie often enough....

... then some nutjob, who thinks he's the last sane person on the earth, will fill in the details of how the lie is true, and then believe it absolutely and unconditionally?

Re:Disbelieve (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 5 years ago | (#29710553)

A religious al-Qaeda scientist, without a name. Why do I not believ this.

I don't believe it as well. It's much more likely that this physicist belongs to the the notorious 'Al-Jabr' group that want to enslave the world with their weapons of Math instruction.

Re:Disbelieve (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | about 5 years ago | (#29710579)

I don't have mod points right now, but if I had your post would have been the first I'd use a point to mod +1 Funny.
Really, you win.

Re:Disbelieve (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710791)

I don't have mod points right now, but if I had your post would have been the first I'd use a point to mod +1 Funny.
Really, you win.

Schmorgluck (1293264)

Hehehe very prestigious. Been a member for... what... 3 months now?

Re:Disbelieve (4, Funny)

selven (1556643) | about 5 years ago | (#29710783)

I failed to derive even the slightest bit of humor from that joke.

Re:Disbelieve (-1, Offtopic)

selven (1556643) | about 5 years ago | (#29710917)

Flamebait? Ok, that was a pretty epic whoosh. Or maybe I'm too subtle.

Re:Disbelieve (2, Funny)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | about 5 years ago | (#29710987)

I think you need to integrate the humour in a little more.

Re:Disbelieve (2, Funny)

mickwd (196449) | about 5 years ago | (#29711111)

Or suffer howls of division.

Re:Disbelieve (4, Funny)

MrMr (219533) | about 5 years ago | (#29710625)

You mean: A scientist who knows a religious person that may have been involved in a group of which certain members claimed to be associated with Al Qaeda?
I'd say he's guilty, as in guilt by association in the third degree.
I'm not worried until somebody is busted for being tied with Al Qaeda in the sixth degree. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Disbelieve (1)

noundi (1044080) | about 5 years ago | (#29710763)

A religious al-Qaeda scientist, without a name. Why do I not believ this. Especially because al-Qaeda is not a group anymore because the US have already kicked their asses and al-Qaeda is now reffered to as people that want to commit terrorism under the name, just because they desire to use the titel. This is allowed by al-Qaeda btw...

You don't believe this because it reeks of conspiracy. You know, I've always stated one thing: I'm probably the easiest person to persuade, just give me proof and I'll believe you. This however is as proven as the existance of Santa. Maybe it is true, maybe it isn't. But I'll stick to bullshit until proven truth.

Re:Disbelieve (1)

identity0 (77976) | about 5 years ago | (#29710995)

So al-Qaeda is now Open Source? What's their license, and do I have to publicly release my patches to their bombs?

Evil to level 11 !! (2, Interesting)

Nomen Publicus (1150725) | about 5 years ago | (#29710391)

All he had to do was to twist the "EVIL LEVEL" knob to 11 and a portal to hell would have been opened!

Six degrees of separation (5, Insightful)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | about 5 years ago | (#29710405)

Everyone can be linked to Al Qaeda

Re:Six degrees of separation (2, Funny)

Eudial (590661) | about 5 years ago | (#29710493)

Wasn't he on top of that arrested because he was suspected of being related to someone they suspected of knowing someone they suspected was part of what they suspected was Al Qaeda?

Re:Six degrees of separation (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710687)

Everyone can be linked to Al Qaeda

Some in a lot less than six degrees. Remember Bush was friends with Osama Bin Laden's family. It's not trolling it's a fact. The whole point is the same world leaders that are supposed to be fighting terrorism have close ties to terrorist families or are at least only a few degrees from most terrorist leaders.

Re:Six degrees of separation (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 5 years ago | (#29710827)

For instance, Kevin Bacon [theonion.com] (and Paul Erdos as well of course).

Re:Six degrees of separation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710891)

I wonder how long will it take to somehow be linked to Iran.

Re:Six degrees of separation (1)

v1 (525388) | about 5 years ago | (#29710967)

Is being "linked to al qaeda" illegal now?

Re:Six degrees of separation (2, Interesting)

ianalis (833346) | about 5 years ago | (#29711171)

To be pedantic, that is true unless there is an isolated cluster of humans and the most likely case that would happen is if there is an undiscovered (by someone in the spanning cluster) and isolated civilization somewhere. Also, the six degrees of separation is the average path length and not the diameter of the network. Nevertheless, six degrees of separation is an excellent argument against suspecting people solely due to association with "terrorists."

WMD'S? (4, Funny)

therufus (677843) | about 5 years ago | (#29710419)

Large Hadron Collider. Now THAT'S a weapon of mass destruction.

Re:WMD'S? (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | about 5 years ago | (#29710483)

But would you be able to smuggle it though airport security?

Re:WMD'S? (2, Funny)

octal666 (668007) | about 5 years ago | (#29710597)

I bet it fits in a shoe.

Re:WMD'S? (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 5 years ago | (#29710615)

Of course.

1. Use LHC to make black hole.
2. Hide LHC in black hole.
3. Put black hole in carry on bag.

Simple.

Re:WMD'S? (1)

BluBrick (1924) | about 5 years ago | (#29710885)

Of course.

1. Use LHC to make black hole.
2. Hide LHC in black hole.
3. Put black hole in carry on bag.

Simple.

4. Put black hole in carry on bag.

5. Put black hole in carry on bag.
...

65535. Put black hole in carry on bag.

0. Put black hole in carry on bag.

1. Put black hole in carry on bag.

Re:WMD'S? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711327)

you ever x-rayed a black hole ?

let me tell you from experience... ...very fucking easy to notice one.

if you want the carry on to pass security, put some bottled water in there with it.

the rent-a-cops will be too busy giving you shit about your evian...

Re:WMD'S? (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | about 5 years ago | (#29710949)

But would you be able to smuggle it though airport security?

I think it's better than 50/50 that you could get it through LAX.

Re:WMD'S? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711109)

Of course you could. Airport security is too busy confiscating your shampoo, paper clips, and thumb tacks to notice your portable LHC.

Re:WMD'S? (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | about 5 years ago | (#29710647)

No it is a weapon of mass distraction

Re:WMD'S? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 5 years ago | (#29710909)

Large Hadron Collider. Now THAT'S a weapon of mass destruction.

Aha. These aren't weapons of mass destruction - they are systems of entropy creation!

Seriously (2, Insightful)

agge (1244568) | about 5 years ago | (#29710425)

I would suspect that the worst that i has done is to send some money home to relatives in a Arab country.

Re:Seriously (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710745)

You has done that, seriously? You a terrorist.

so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710439)

so you don't have to DO anything anymore to get arrested? He was arrested for "al-Qaeda ties"? what does that mean exactly? Did he kill anyone? Did he plot to kill anyone? Did he know about a plot to kill anyone? It sounds like his sister's friend's neighbor had a cousin who was friends with someone in Al Qaeda back in 1990.

Also, from TFA: "The news that someone with terrorist connections might have worked at the facility is likely to cause concern because of both the high profile of the giant physics experiment and also the technology in use, which has made some members of the public nervous"

So people are concerned about someone (with terrorist connections) MIGHT have worked at the facility?!?? OMG that's a reason to start rounding up everybody with brown skin!
Geesh

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (5, Funny)

rawls (1462507) | about 5 years ago | (#29710481)

so you don't have to DO anything anymore to get arrested? He was arrested for "al-Qaeda ties"?

Nobody likes novelty ties. It is about time some legislation was put in place to deal with them.

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 5 years ago | (#29710559)

According to Gizmodo [gizmodo.com] which is paraphrasing the French newspaper Le Figaro:

According to French newspaper Le Figaro, judicial sources point that the man—who has been working as a particle physics contractor since 2003—has links to Al Qaeda groups in the Islamic Maghreb. Le Figaro said that he had suggested terrorist targets in French soil. There's word if the target list also included the LHC, however.

What did he do? Well, if we are to believe Le Figaro, he made a list of targets and suggested ones on French soil ... possibly even the LHC where he worked.

I like how you accuse the world of jumping on people of 'brown skin' but you do not hesitate at all to instantly question French authorities. Let's not judge either way before all the facts are in and public, okay?

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (1)

SoVeryTired (967875) | about 5 years ago | (#29710631)

Let's not judge either way before all the facts are in and public, okay?

It'd be nice if the papers would hold off reporting on things like this until the facts are in and public. As things stand, they're spreading as much disinformation as information.

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710757)

That could take a while. The facts about the liquid limitations on planes did not come out until the court case. Apparently a few london muslims were caught with a baby, and a baby bottle which was filled with hydrogenperoxide and "baby food" which was the other part of the explosive. Several muslim couples tried this. Apparently this would have created a bomb strong enough to blow a hole in the fuselage, which would have brought down the plane if it was in the wrong place. It certainly would have killed several passengers. The preparation was planned to be done in the plane toilets, which was risky as hell. But nevertheless they tried. Sick that they took an actual baby along.

For that information to come out, it took 3 years.

Umm... No. (1)

denzacar (181829) | about 5 years ago | (#29710813)

It'd be nice if the papers would hold off reporting on things like this until the facts are in and public.

What you are referring to is not journalism but blogging.
Investigative journalism has a very important role in democratic societies as a tool for making information available to the public.
Look up Watergate.

As things stand, they're spreading as much disinformation as information.

Not if properly sourced and leveraged by some form ethical code of conduct - backed by either their personal or their news company's reputation and/or open to criticism of peer review.

It is quite understandable that in today's world of "FOXed out" news and anonymous internet commentators one might confuse investigative journalism and reporting with slander and propaganda.

Re:Umm... No. (1)

SoVeryTired (967875) | about 5 years ago | (#29710975)

Did you really have to title your post "Umm...No"? You're taking a totally unnecessary confrontational tone.

Right now, all we know is that some guy working at the LHC got arrested for possible terrorist activities. My point was that the reports are so vague that we don't even know if the LHC was an possible target. The papers are just trying to grab readers' attention by printing "LHC" and "Terrorist!" in the same article.

I'm afraid there's not much "Investigative Journalism" to be done here. It's just a matter of waiting around to find out what he's being charged with before kicking up a stink.

Well... (1)

denzacar (181829) | about 5 years ago | (#29711127)

Did you really have to title your post "Umm...No"? You're taking a totally unnecessary confrontational tone.

If you don't like your posts criticizing specific actions and cases being understood as general critiques on subjects - elaborate your posts a little further.

You know... like the stuff you wrote in the reply-post above.
Just dumping a throwaway comment like "Papers should STFU!" is bound to get you some negative or "confrontational" comments.

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (1)

El Torico (732160) | about 5 years ago | (#29710669)

Let's not judge either way before all the facts are in and public, okay?

I was going to say, "You must be new here", but I recognized your nomme de slashdot. You must just be optimistic.

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (1)

Archtech (159117) | about 5 years ago | (#29710563)

All this nonsense about "links" has gone much too far. Haven't any of them read this [amazon.com] or this [amazon.com] or this [amazon.com] ?

Everyone is connected to everyone else by some kind of chain of events or relationships, and anyone with enough money, power, and malevolence can track down and highlight such "links". Giving to charities, for instance, is now a very hazardous activity unless you limit your giving to the best-known (and hence biggest and, sometimes, least efficient) organizations. All it takes is for (1) someone in authority to take a dislike to you for any reason, and (2) someone you have never heard of to have some (alleged) relationship to the charity of your choice, and - bang! There you are (or aren't, depending on the enthusiasm of the people sent to collect you).

What I would like to know is, when are the authorities going to take a practical interest in such "links" as those between:

1. The Bush family and the bin Laden family;

2. Many thousands of ordinary Americans (and some foreigners) and a shadowy but vast organization, said to be based in Washington DC, that is believed to be responsible for the violent deaths of millions of people and the ruination of several nations.

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (1)

jafiwam (310805) | about 5 years ago | (#29710643)

Might beat the wrap, but won't beat the ride.

All getting arrested means is someone on the scene thought a crime was committed. It could mean a big investigation occurred, it could mean some security guard saw something in the back seat of the guy's car.

Since he hasn't been named yet, it's sorta hard to tell between those options.

Re:so you don't have to DO anything anymore? (3, Funny)

mike449 (238450) | about 5 years ago | (#29711309)

I know a guy who's father was on very good terms with Bin Laden, and even supplied him with weapons and money.
Oh, wait, that was _before_ he "became a terrorist"...

But i thought... (2, Funny)

timmarhy (659436) | about 5 years ago | (#29710443)

.. Obama had fixed this already?!

Re:But i thought... (1)

NoYob (1630681) | about 5 years ago | (#29710589)

.. Obama had fixed this already?!

He's going to! That's why he got the Nobel - because he's going to bring peace! The Peace prize has become a futures prize.

Re:But i thought... (1, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | about 5 years ago | (#29710809)

The democratic cabal obviously had a member that was eligible to nominate him, so that part was easy, but actually controlling the minds of the selection committee probably required pointing their mind control satellite (how else could he have won the election?) at Norway.

More seriously, Obama winning the prize reflects poorly on the Nobel committee, not on him.

Re:But i thought... (5, Interesting)

m.ducharme (1082683) | about 5 years ago | (#29711239)

More seriously, Obama winning the prize reflects poorly on the Nobel committee, not on him.

I worked in a pizza place where the manager had an interesting strategy for improving the performance of some employees. He would give a particular employee, who'd been slacking, the Employee of the Month Award. Getting this award would often encourage that employee to pick it up, and they'd become diligent enough to deserve the award. Maybe the Nobel committee is hoping for the same effect here? They gave a Peace prize to Yasser Arafat some time ago as well, as I recall.

old news? (0)

pbjones (315127) | about 5 years ago | (#29710465)

I thought that this was covered in the press last week, so why is it in /. now??

Re:old news? (3, Informative)

dword (735428) | about 5 years ago | (#29710495)

I thought that this was covered in the press last week, so why is it in /. now??

Because /. is mostly an aggregator and doesn't bring in fresh news. It just puts all the "news for nerds" that you can find out there in one place.

Re:old news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710541)

Because Slashdot sucks [slashdot.org] .

Re:old news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710837)

Maybe because some important news provider picked it up just now. I knew about this the day it happened, it took a day and a half to see it anywhere online. The news traveled fast on the LHCb internal mailing list. I've had a discussion with one of my coworkers who work on LHCb for how one can use the LHC to do any real world damage, we came up with none!

al-qaeda tie (5, Funny)

M8e (1008767) | about 5 years ago | (#29710497)

I want an al-qaeda tie. I don't care what colour it is, i want one!

Re:al-qaeda tie (5, Funny)

asylumx (881307) | about 5 years ago | (#29710535)

Careful. After you've worn it a few times it will come out of your tie rack yelling "ALALALALALA" and then explode...

Re:al-qaeda tie (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | about 5 years ago | (#29710941)

Can I give one to the VP who keeps coming up with "exciting big vision projects" based on Slashdot articles?

oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710533)

I have never trusted those Europeans with their lage hedron and whatelse stuff

No need for a terrorist attack on the LHC . . . (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 5 years ago | (#29710539)

. . . it seems pretty capable of breaking itself on its own, with any outside help

Scare mongering (1)

houghi (78078) | about 5 years ago | (#29710555)

which has made some members of the public nervous

Next you will hear that CERN should be more concerned about security. There is only one way however. If you do not want people to find out what they find out, don't start looking for it.
It is not as if it is a super secret research facility.

Also most likely you could get information here [web.cern.ch] in much more detail and the person arrested was seen to eat falafel in a place where the shop owners second cousins neighbor has the same name as somebody who was placed on the Al-Quida list by a jealous family member so he could get a reward payed out.

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What amazes me (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710619)

is that so many nations believe that America has no business fighting against Al Qaeda. Yet, AQ has openly threatened to come into China to liberate and convert all of western China into Sharia Law. Likewise, they have stated that they are working in parts of Russia that have ANY minority Islam. In addition, they have shown and will continue to infiltrate into all of western Europe and if they are successful, I suspect that we will see new acts that will make 9/11 like minor.

Bush and his republicans allowed Al Qaeda to build up. In fact, I think that it is fair to say that Bush and the republicans did more for AQ recruitment than Bin Laden EVER could. Add to that Bush's invasion/occupation of Iraq along with incompetence of Rumsfeld and most of the Bush admin, and it allowed Bin Laden time to harden his terrorists against Western Military tactics.

The question is, will the world band together and say no to such extremism, or will it bury its head in the sand?

Newt Gingrich was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710675)

I heard Newt Gingrich on a popular cable show a few months ago listing the most serious security threats we Americans face in our homeland and among the first few he listed was 'a threat from something we don't know and can't prepare for because we've fallen behind in so many areas.' That was ALWAYS laughable in my youth and I half-dismissed it as rhetoric, but here's the living proof that it wasn't and that the sometimes seemingly "square" Republicans are at least continuing to think about these issues during their "timeout." Thankfully this proof isn't coming from forensic scientists analyzing the aftermath of whatever this guy could have conceivably been intending to pervert the LHC's somewhat awesome technology to do to us.

Gods particle (2, Funny)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | about 5 years ago | (#29710689)

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't LHC should be able to proof existence "God particle"? Perhaps that guy only wanted to make sure the particle belong to "right" god.

Re:Gods particle (1)

BluBrick (1924) | about 5 years ago | (#29710921)

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't LHC should be able to proof existence "God particle"? Perhaps that guy only wanted to make sure the particle belong to "right" god.

I doubt that God is that particular.

Better news article (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29710819)

This is a much better news article than the one from CBC:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nuclear-terror-suspect-is-top-physicist-1800927.html

It names the suspect and it explains how he was tracked and arrested.
According to the article, the suspect studied for his PhD at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator Center, stayed at EPFL and has published several articles.

And I thought the al quaeda BS would finally stop (4, Interesting)

AlgorithMan (937244) | about 5 years ago | (#29710821)

And I thought after we got rid of george w bush, all the "al quaeda this" and "axis of evil that" and "osama this" and "emmanuel goldstein that", "give me all your money and all your rights or they'll kill you" would finally stop...

you know the literal translation of the word "terror" from latin is "fear" and a "terrorist" by definition is someone who makes you afraid. some people make you afraid by crashing planes or detonating bombs in your country or by sending you terror-threat videos. some people make you afraid by constantly telling you there was a bogeyman that is about to kill you - using his weapons of mass destruction unless we start a war etc.

wake up! your own government and your own media terrorize you far worse than al quaeda ever did! If you run scared everytime someone says "bogeyman", then the terrorists have won, because you are scared and THAT is exactly what they WANT

Re:And I thought the al quaeda BS would finally st (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711117)

And I thought after we got rid of george w bush, all the "al quaeda this" and "axis of evil that" and "osama this" and "emmanuel goldstein that", "give me all your money and all your rights or they'll kill you" would finally stop...

There are still Republicans (and conservative Democrats). They haven't gone away.

Re:And I thought the al quaeda BS would finally st (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711289)

In France? :)

Typical lax European security (1)

leathered (780018) | about 5 years ago | (#29710923)

This wouldn't have happened at Black Mesa.

Re:Typical lax European security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711081)

Gorden is not an Al Quaeda opertive.

Ultimate terrorist attack (1)

jolyonr (560227) | about 5 years ago | (#29710959)

That's the ultimate suicide attack - trying to destroy the entire universe!

Cat Stevens (1)

jdc18 (1654245) | about 5 years ago | (#29711113)

Maybe he brought some Cat Stevens records....

I am french (2, Informative)

aepervius (535155) | about 5 years ago | (#29711161)

And I do not trust the DST (or whatever it is called nowadays) as far as I can throw them. Even less than that. I can remember the "rainbow warrior" ship story, for example. It could very possible that they found a real idiot planning to do a terrist attack, or it is possible this is polically motivated and somebody needed that sort of "news" for nefarious purpose. We'll see in the next days.

Give him his wish make him an Insider? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711223)

Make him an insider !

Step 1) Open the colllides door put terrorisnt inside .
Step2) Close door
Step 3) set power to max
Step 4) Fire !!
No cleanup required
If I'm wrong abour cleanup, O'h well ,too bad, A service to the world has been done.

Last week called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29711287)

It wants its news back.

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