New ETA manual hints at group's growing paranoia

26th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2007, Madrid - ETA has issued an instruction manual to its members, advising them on how to avoid arrest and remain undetected.

26 November 2007

Madrid - ETA has issued an instruction manual to its members, advising them on how to avoid arrest and remain undetected.

The manual, which takes the form of a self-help booklet, has been obtained by police in recent raids against the group and suggests, in the view of counterterrorism experts, that the Basque terrorist organization is growing increasingly paranoid.

Among other instructions, would-be terrorists are told to use public telephones and text messages to communicate rather than cellphone calls, which can be recorded. It also tells them to use aliases and never to specify a meeting place over the phone, but rather to speak of "the place we always meet," "the bar from yesterday" or something similar.

It also includes an unusual admission. "We have ignored our security," the manual warns.

Since the group called off a truce in June, dozens of members, including senior leaders, have been arrested in Spain and France.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ JORGE A. RODRÍGUEZ 2007]

Subject: Spanish news


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