Three letters of advice for saboteurs from Marco Camenisch

Greetings and advice from Marco Camenish to the compañerxs of chile in relation to Mauri’s death.

from liberaciontotal, transl. by waronsociety:

Dear compañerxs,

I implore you to send these greetings and this simple but perhaps important advice to the compas of Chile and everywhere else. Allow me to express the latter because I have experience, because even the most experienced guerrillas “weren’t thinking” about this, the trivial and banal means that allow one to save their skin during the dangerous art of handling “explosive” powders!

So on my part as well, from inside of Swiss prison, I send a strong embrace of solidarity to our compañeras and compañeros from Chile! Honor to compañero Mauricio!!! What goes for our warriors who have fallen during combat goes for those of us kidnapped by the enemy as well: those of us who continue fighting, the utmost solidarity we keep in life, because our community is fighting. What is useless (except for the enemy…) and tragic for the struggle is solely those who, when a compañerx dies fighting or falls prisoner in the hands of the enemy, points with a hypocritical finger, murmuring of “useless death”, useless imprisonment, of “tragedy,” etc.

As a veteran combatant, it is with pain, but with humility as well, that I reflect on the possible causes of such an accident. Could it have been a short circuit (perhaps activated by a timer) of an electric detonator with a spark submerged directly into the black powder? Then there is a simple trick to avoid deaths, injury, and imprisonment. Well constructed, it does not impede the success nor the timing (in the place, in the delay) of the operation.  A slow burning fuse (or more than one, parallel, they are easy to make) should always be inserted between the electric detonator with the spark on one side and the charge on the other, a fuse which in the case of an early or accidental ignition, can be seen or heard during the transportation and handling for activation; the same fuse has to be long enough to count seconds or perhaps centimeters necessary to place oneself in safety and possibly, to extract or cut, disconnecting the charge and therefore guaranteeing the safety of eventual passer-bys- and obviously even more secure would be to insert/introduce with only one movement the fuse/fuses to the charge only in the place of attack and later activate the timer for the electrical circuit.

Marco Camenisch,
Regensdorf prison,


Urgent advisory from a veteran saboteur to the anonymous saboteurs of the August 2008 post in Farellones, Chile.

From liberaciontotal translated by waronsociety:

In relation to the sabotage in Chile, Aug. 12, 2008 (which according to the press involved an electric detonator), a veteran saboteur is obliged to offer this valuable assesment to every saboteur of towers, antennas, and other similar instruments.

Urgent advisory from a veteran saboteur to the anonymous saboteurs of the August 2008 post in (Farellones) Chile and in general to all individuals actively engaged in sabotage around the world!

Electric filaments and/or devices and/or detonators and/or connections and other  elements on single or seperate charges should not be used for posts, transformers, and other electric installations surrounded by an electro-magnetic field, only mechanical or chemical filament should be used and/or, if necessary a modern filament for two or more charges attached to the same structure, or a connection with blasting caps should utilize a chemical or mechanical detonator/filament as well.

All of this is necessary because the electro-magnetic field which surrounds the electric conductors/installations can easily charge through induction each electric element and set off an uncontrollable explosion during the application/preparation of the device with traigc consequences easy to imagine, as happened for example to Feltrinelli in Italy or in one case in Austria when an electric prong was applied to a high-tension power pylon resulting in an uncontrolled and premature explosion and a grave mortal accident. By the same error of “apprentice” I had, also according to the experts of the acts in my penal summary/folder, a great deal of luck when I sabotaged a transformer and other targets on the perimeter of an electric substation utilizing electronic detonators and electric wire to connect the separate charges as well as a commercial electronic device to detonate the charges.

Marco Camenisch,
in Swiss prison
November 2008


On derrailments and stupidities…Letter from a veteran saboteur about the case of Adrián in México 

from liberaciontotal, translated by waronsociety:

This is a continuation of a valuable technical assessment written by a veteran saboteur. In relation to the Adrian’s detention an analyst wrote: “To derail a train, a terrible idea.” The most prevalent account of the derailment was provided by the police. This version facilitated by the police and accepted by journalists and analysts has little credibility and collapses in light of the input by this veteran saboteur. Now, two possibilities remain standing: an unsuspecting transportation of the artifact on the train or an action that failed in its intent.

It is obvious how purely propagandist and defamatory the disinformation surrounding Adrián’s case is, as well as the fact that some canisters of butane gas did not even tickle a train or some tracks.

In order to even put a wrinkle in a railroad track (possibly capable of causing a derailment) at least a few hundred grams of high power explosive is needed (in which the accompaniment of gas makes no technical sense) and if we say (the calculation will be an underestimation) the cut side of a track is 50 sq. cm, in order to shear it, the calculation is easy (25 grams of military grade explosive per square cm), and would take around 1.25 kilograms of high power explosive.

Later, if we take in to account, that for example commercial dynamite is weaker and that with black powder (which should be carefully placed behind a container of stable material, such as a thick plate, since inside of a simple “bottle” a flare up or shaking would not do a thing to a 8mm rod) the amount has to be multiplied six times in order to achieve the same effect and level of destruction, this would take at least 6 to 7 kilos of black powder, well the distortion of the “facts” of the “article” is clear from here.

The hypotheses is that that was used against the tracks (implicit in the case of the jokes about the “derailment”), it would not deter traffic for even a moment. If the “news” of the “smoke in the train” was true we would still be facing an explosion of clumsy and precocious fabrication.

Furthermore, it is not casually that one of the “rules” of the urban guerrilla is to avoid as much as possible the transportation of artifacts and/or explosives aboard mass public transit due to the potential grave danger to those “unaware of the facts”, danger which is already sufficiently great with all other methods of transportation in a populated environment…

A veteran saboteur,
Marco Camenisch.

WOS note: brief summary for context surrounding Adrián’s situation.

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