Skip to comments.Hadron Collider physicist Adlene Hicheur charged with terrorism
Posted on 10/12/2009 9:52:25 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
A French physicist with the European atomic research centre near Geneva was charged with terrorism offences by a Paris judge last night after investigators said that he offered to work with the North African branch of al-Qaeda.
Adlène Hicheur, 32, who is of Algerian origin, was arrested last week with his younger brother after intelligence agents intercepted his alleged internet contacts with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The physicist, who works at the giant atomic collider at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), which straddles Swiss and French territory, told the Islamic group that he was interested in committing an attack but had not begun any material preparation, according to police sources. He had acknowledged contacting the militant organisation, they said.
The brother was released last weekend without charge.
Judge Christophe Teissier, of the anti-terrorist branch, ordered the French internal security service, the DCRI, to open an investigation into the possible offence of association with criminals in relation with a terrorist enterprise. Judge Teissier placed the scientist under formal investigation and ordered his detention.
The arrest raised the possibility that Islamist militants could be seeking nuclear weapons technology or planning to attack nuclear targets.
Dr Hicheur is reported to have worked for the British Governments Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire for about a year in 2005. He was placed under surveillance by French officers last year after US intelligence services intercepted internet messages he allegedly sent to contacts close to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim).
However, his arrest last week has sparked a furious row among Frances anti-terrorist magistrates. Judge Teissiers critics say that he missed an opportunity to obtain invaluable information about Aqim networks by moving to detain the suspect at an early stage in his investigation. They said that he should have
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You were first by 1 second.
Or, to put it another way, you posted this story first by one trillion nanoseconds (or whatever the CERN measurement of particle travel is).
A new record, I’d guess.
bruinbirdman took the time to post the photo. :)
Or it was a collaboration to test IPO speed?
Actually this story was posted this morning about 10:50 AM.
"Gravity is racist."
That make it more of an interesting occurance. If it was posted so many hours ago, what made two FReepers post it again within one second of each other? Therein lies the tale, or at least a fun late night treat.
By the way, this thread now sits atop breaking news. Where the story should be either way.
They always said this God Machine was bad news, as in Black Hole. Maybe this Adlène Hicheur guy was some kind of message?
Since nobody else is awake, you can tell us quietly. What is the real meaning of yitbos?
It’s great that the frogs caught him. Surprising, really.
Maybe it warps space so significantly that the only people that survive the singularity/collapse are the ones you shake hands with at church, and stand next to at the shooting range.
is that a fair ride?
Maybe you're on to something. They wouldn't let them build it in Texas.
We don't need it in Texas. We're already the closest thing to heaven humanity will experience this side of the grave.
French intelligence is suprisingly good. I think France panders a lot less to you know who versus the UK.
This is comforting.
| What would a physicist working on an Accelerator offer to al-Qaeda?
Besides pure research, accelerators have practical applications in medicine and industry, most notably in the production of radioisotopes.
A man with that technological background, a site to manufacture the weapon, and Muslim financing could make a Neutron Bomb — perfect for a surgical strike to kills Jews in Jerusalem (who reportedly have hundreds of ERWs themselves), while leaving the city mostly-intact ... and livable after the radioactivity rapidly decays.
If a jihadi gets sucked into a singularity, does he still get 72 virgins on the other side?
Of course, I don’t feel any safer now, what with terrorists taking over the pentagon-equivalent of nuclear Pakistan.
The implications of a CERN staffer being involved with AQ are just ... scary.
I hope he’ll be enjoying the rest of his life in a French prison.
"He was placed under surveillance by French officers last year after US intelligence services intercepted internet messages he allegedly sent to contacts close to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim)."
TIMES ONLINE.co.uk: "HADRON COLLIDER PHYSICIST ADLENE HICHEUR CHARGED WITH TERRORISM" by Charles Bremmer and Adam Sage in Paris (SNIPPET: "Dr Hicheur is reported to have worked for the British Government's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire for about a year in 2005. He was placed under surveillance by French officers last year after US intelligence services intercepted internet messages he allegedly sent to contacts close to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim)." SNIPPET: "The scientist also worked as an instructor in experimental physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.") (October 13, 2009)
JIHAD WATCH.org (AGENCE FRANC-PRESSE, October 10, 2009): "MUSLIM ENGINEER AT EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH 'EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO CARRY OUT ATTACKS'" (SNIPPET: "The detention of the elder brother, a 32-year-old engineer at the CERN nuclear research lab, was extended, the source said.") (Posted October 11, 2009)
Same for Merkel of Germany.
I said it was surprising meaning in relation to their politics and motivation, not because the French aren’t capable. They are.
I will heretofore refer to it as the White Hole.
GOD, PLEASE SAVE US FROM SATAN'S RELIGION!
Here http://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/04/54/27/PDF/tel-00003014.pdf is his PhD thesis, nothing special, but is seems that he spent time at Stanford !
“At RAL Adlene Hicheur (not e-Science-funded) is the ATLAS alignment co-ordinator. His general tasks include: Organization and chairing of the fortnightly ID Alignment phone meeting; Collaboration and regular (phone) meetings with tracking experts and ID software management; Organised and chaired alignment meeting at CERN on 23/Feb/2005. His specific tasks were: Started parallel-computing studies (for huge matrix inversion) on the RAL Beowulf cluster (SCARF), and co-ordination of this work; Planning and coordination of the alignment software migration/implementation in Athena; software tutoring/training/helping of new recruits in the alignment group (e.g: Florian Heinemann from Oxford, Sergio Gonzalez from Valencia); Development of Global chi2 alignment code in Athena software.”
Was it that boring to be a programmer?
That term is already taken (literally). A white hole is the complete opposite of a black hole, just that it only exists in theory.
You get what you deserve when you Hicheur wagon to the jihadis...
I've always heard it's "You're In the Brotherhood of Soldiers" which became a slogan in WWII, then was later co-opted by a certain college fraternity.
A “neutron bomb” has considerable blast. Its claim to fame was that it could penetrate gamma shielding on tanks, to stop a massive soviet tank invasion.
A typical “enhanced radiation weapon” of the time had an explosive yield of .3 to .5 kilotons- half a thousand tons of bang, or .5 x 1000 x 2000, about a million pounds TNT equivalent, or about 140 OKC bombs. Not a mere firecracker. If you were not in a shielded tank, the difference between a neutron bomb and a Davy Crockett warhead would be unnoticiable.
The Left hated them; they could stop a Communist attack on Europe. They invented the claim that a neutron bomb killed people but left structures alone, somehow making them less moral than a conventional bomb that destroyed both. This has become widely accepted as truth, mostly through repetition an dlack of any counter.
Some “neutron bomb” designs went up to several kilotons.
The supercollider can’t make any significant amount of fissionables, or even dangerous isotopes. The flux is simply too low. The particle energy is very high, you can make tiny amounts of some very exotic isotopes, but you’d never make a half gram of plutonium.
I don’t think a terrorist could use an accelerator to nefarious ends. Everything that happens is controlled, nothing is done without a test plan. It would be like using the telescope at Palomar as a solar hot dog cooker, too many people would be involved to be able to do it secretly.
Sabotage, for sure, though.
Nah...Northwest Illinois in September and October.
Though I’ll bet Texas is pretty darn close.
doesn’t everyone realize that a black hole is already eating earth internally? That’s why they shut the friggin thing down. Soon you’ll see an ocean disturbance as water mass is pulled into a nailhead sized event horizon,..and the mayan calendar will be correct for 2012 as...the end.
....at least that’s how my screenplay is going to open up. :)
1 trillion picoseconds actually. loads of time.
They let muzzies work at the LHC?? Are they mad?
Of course they’re going to be terrorists! Are they completely blinded by leftardedness?
“Assassination targets including the president and interior minister were also on the list.”
Wow. Criminal aspects aside, not he person I’d trust with multi-million dollar helium-cooled magnets.
Who are you thinking as lead? I'd cast Jude Law, Gabrielle Anwar, Chuck Norris, and Lily Cole.
Great, just the kind of people we want playing around with Black Holes, Stangelets and Cosmic Strings.....
I wonder if suicide vest made out of strangelets would blow up the earth....
But but but what happened to the excuse that terrorism is caused by poverty and no education leaving few other options for the downtrodden...?
They would consider it "just" retaliation for Obama bombing their moon god The Moon this past Friday.
Cern has this terrorist’s email address
apparently ‘Big Bang scientist ‘planned to blow up oil refinery in terror attack that would wipe out city the size of London’’
you can take the muslim out of the 7th century, but you can’t take the 7th century out of the muslim.
You'll enjoy the live webcams of the LHC.
Add me please...pING
How the hell did he get a clearance to work at either facility?
I’ll add the cam to favorites. Nice event horizon...
Pretty cool when you click on the webcams. Wait a few seconds and a black hole eats the collider!
Enough for a piece or two of popcorn as you watch a simulation of what the black hole will do to the room once it’s turned on.