Ted admitted himself that prior to his 'Eureka' moment (seeing the earth movers ripping up the land) and becoming a pipe bomber, he engaged in some 'monkey wrenching'.
We know from this essay (written by Ted in 1971) http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Unnamed_Essay_(1971
) that the technological and scientific threat to civil liberty was fully developed in his mind.
The question is, what is monkey wrenching in Ted's mind in relation to scientific research and technological progress? Based on the fact he was trying to blow up planes, I would scarcely believe he was merely pulling off a few pranks here and there. It must have been something relatively serious. If not the Tylenol lacing then what else?
In the essay above, Ted makes specific reference to drugs and to genetics. His initial rally cry is against 'scientific research'. Agree, this continued as a theme throughout, however the technological aspect took precedence later on.
So again, what monkey wrenching relative to what Ted was capable of and directed to the scientific and or research areas did he get up to before making and sending bombs? For me anyway, that's a rhetorical question.
I think you are right Luke. And it goes to the key point of MOTIVE.
In Ted's beloved state of Montana, there had been several major spills of CYANIDE by a mining company, which poisoned ponds and water wells, killed plants and trees, and killed sheep and elk.
Keep that in mind for the method of using CYANIDE as a means of revenge to paralyse the national economy.
Now, why select Johnson & Johnson?
Thanks to PhillyTechNews and our member DREW for finding this very important item. With Johnson & Johnson spending tens of millions of dollars to buy and expand BIOTECH and GENETIC ENGINEERING companies, and fund RESEARCH at such companies, he may well have thought it would fit his goals to essentially sink or cripple the Johnson & Johnson Company. Or at least, as he often put it, "get my revenge on the technological society."
This article apppears in May 1982, and in late July 1982 we have the Tylenol Cyanide death of Jay Mitchell in Sheridan, Wyoming, just across the Montana border from where Ted Kaczynski lived.And in September 1982 the Tylenol Murders cause a $100 Million direct loss to J & J because of the massive recall and huge drop in sales. The Tylenol Murders also caused a $1 Billion plunge in J & J stock. No doubt this financial disaster severely set back any future plans J & J had for buy and expanding biotech and genetic engineering companies, or funding their research.
Don't we have examples of Ted Kaczynski reading the NY Times to select targets? Yes, apparently the FBI thought it likely based on the timing of articles that Ted used the NY Times to target McConnell, Epstein and Gerlenter, probably Mosser, and perhaps others.
Didn't Ted Kaczynski send a bomb to Dr. Charles Epstein, a GENETIC ENGINEER? Yes he did.
Didn't Ted Kaczynski write in his Manifesto and elsewhere about what he felt were the extreme dangers associated with BIOTECH and GENETIC ENGINEERING?
Yes in his 1971 essay it was a dominant concern even back then.
"The power of society to control the individual person has recently been expanding very rapidly, and is expected to expand even more rapidly in the near future. Let us list a few of the more ominous developments as a reminder.
4. Direct physical control of the emotions via electrodes and "chemitrodes" inserted in the brain.
(See Jose M.R. Delgado's book "Physical Control of the Mind.")
training, after the manner of Joseph Kamiya and others.
6. Predicted "memory pills" or other drugs
designed to improve memory or increase intelligence.
(The reader possibly assumes that items (5) and (6) present no danger to freedom because their use is supposed to be voluntary, but I will argue that point later. See page 1-15.)
7. Predicted genetic engineering
, eugenics, related techniques. Observe that once a society based on psychological, genetic, and other forms of human engineering has come into being, it will presumably last forever
, because people will all be engineered to favor human engineering and the totally collective society, so that they will never become dissatisfied with this kind of society. Furthermore, once human engineering, the linking of human minds with computers, and other things of that nature have come into extensive use, people will probably be altered so much that it will no longer be possible for them to exist as independent beings, either physically or psychologically"
And in section "2" of the Unabomber Manifesto, right at the start, Ted says the industrial-technological system will permanently reduce "human beings and other living organisms to engineered products
and mere cogs in the social machine." (Emphasis added). In his April 24, 1995 letter to the NY Times Ted stated "The people we are out to get are the scientists and engineers, especially in critical fields like computers and genetics
." (emphasis added). And there are multiple references throughout his writing to the extreme dangers of the biotech and genetics fields.