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Former CERN Physicist Jailed in Terrorist Plot

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Posted on May 4, 2012
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The brother and father of Adlene Hicheur speak to reporters outside the Paris courthouse where he was tried.

Adlene Hicheur, a 35-year-old Algerian-born nuclear physicist who worked in Switzerland’s CERN laboratory, was sentenced to five years in prison by a French court for “criminal association with a view to plotting terrorist attacks” on a French barracks with al-Qaida’s North African affiliate.

Claiming to have only explored jihadist ideas without any plans to carry them out, Hicheur says he is a victim of overzealous French anti-terror laws. —ARK

The Guardian:

The case centred on about 35 emails between Hicheur and an alleged contact with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb through Mustapha Debchi, who tried to convince him to carry out a suicide bombing. Hicheur declined, but in one response suggested striking at the barracks of a battalion of elite Alpine troops in the eastern town of Cran-Gevrier.

Hicheur claimed he was on morphine for a herniated disc and was going through a personal “zone of turbulence” when he wrote an email in 2009 that advocated an attack on the barracks.

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

vec—- declining to blow his own ass up while killing other people and instead
suggesting alternative murders and methods doesn’t strike me, given the lengthy
correspondence, as suggestive of a….. nice guy or innocent man…......given that
he ‘s not denying the evidence but seeking some lame excuses for his actions, I’m
going with he’s a fucking hero and a real brave man. hurray for him and may he
have a great cell-mate.

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By diamond, May 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

“vec—- you silly goose, have you already mislaid the
idea that we’re talking about a 35 year old Alegerian
contemplating murdering French folk?”

He wasn’t personally planning to murder anyone. And the communications directed at him were the well known tactic of entrapment. It’s all been done before to many other people and a lot of them are now in jail too. When they run low on ‘terrorists’ they manufacture their own. Anything to keep the counter terrorism gravy train on track and on time.

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By heterochromatic, May 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment

vec—- you silly goose, have you already mislaid the
idea that we’re talking about a 35 year old Alegerian
contemplating murdering French folk?

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By vector56, May 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

“if everyone is entitled to exact revenge for wrongs dome to their
forebears…..... we would all kill all of each other inshort order, would we not?”


What the hell do you mean; “forebears”!  What we are doing to he people of the Middle East and about to do to the people of South East Asia is going on “NOW”!

Not only did we not stop, we never even slowed down.

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By heterochromatic, May 6, 2012 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

vec——if everyone is entitled to exact revenge for wrongs dome to their
forebears…..... we would all kill all of each other inshort order, would we not?

anyone surviving the the first wave, would be entitled to exact revenge in a
second,,,,,,,,,,, and thrid,  and all the way down to the pit.


perhaps it’s your head that twisted and tied into knots and knuckles.

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By vector56, May 6, 2012 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

heterochromati;

you realize your twisted logic works in both directions.

If the Brown, Black , Native (American Indians)and Asian people of the wold are never entitled to “Justice” (revenge), than why have we killed so many Muslims after 9/11?  Should we not have just blew it off and looked to the future?

It would seem in you narrow little mind that Justice is served only to the weak and the non-white.

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By heterochromatic, May 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

vec—- good point. because the French were beastly to Algerians for a long time
up until shortly before the birth of 35-year-old Adlene Hicheur, it seems only
sporting to allow him to plot to blow up a couple of dozen French people now…..

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By vector56, May 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Anyone who knows the history of France and Algeria might understand the natural animosity that the “colonized” might hold toward their Colonial masters.

Basically, the French “hollowed out” their country and now resent Algerians for having the nerve to follow their Natural Resources back to France (Immigration).

In this case the man got 5 years in prison for “speech”; while the French get to play the role of the “good guys” after murdering millions in North Africa and South East Asia (Vietnam).

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