New Occupy Explosives Arrests, FBI Vindicated
by Brandon Darby on December 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Two prominent Occupy Wall Street movement activists have been arrested by law enforcement for allegedly possessing a cache of weapons and explosive material in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
The Occupiers, Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were visited by New York City police in due to a warrant for Gliedman over credit card theft. Once in the couple’s apartment, police claim they found the explosive materials and how-to manuals on terrorism.
“A detective discovered a plastic container with seven grams of a white chemical powder called HMTD, which is so powerful, cops evacuated several nearby buildings. Police also found a flare launcher, which is a commercial replica of a grenade launcher; a modified 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun; ammo; and nine high-capacity rifle magazines, the sources said. Cops also allegedly uncovered papers about creating homemade booby traps, improvised submachine guns, and various handwritten notebooks containing chemical formulas.”
The arrests come at a critical time due to recent left-of-center allegations against the FBI for having apparently infiltrated the revolutionary Occupy movement. A recent document release from the FBI revealed multiple large scale investigation into the movement had occurred and many in the media continued their decades-long attack on the FBI for having looked into the movement.
Supporters of the FBI’s efforts have pointed out that the Occupy movement, though many participants may be well-intentioned, was ultimately started by individuals and groups with long histories of involvement with hostile foreign nations, support for convicted cop-killers, and advocates for arson as a political tool.
(The writer formerly worked undercover with the FBI in counter-terrorism investigations and has previously helped stop Occupy predecessors from using explosives and testified against them in federal court.)