Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My other books, including new ones on Bradley Manning and Beethoven, here….
9:35 The Smoking Gun "unmasks" the "snitch" who pushed the Cleveland "bomb plot"–turns out he not only got them the C4 but even gave them money to buy it (through him). Defense likely to claim he set up, promoted plot, then financed it. Also see photo and his history as felon.
9:20 Important NYT story up tonight on how very tricky NYPD "spied" on Occupy before May Day protests this week. "The department’s use of this tactic as part of its strategy for policing the Occupy Wall Street movement raises new questions about the surveillance efforts by the Police Department, which faces restrictions in monitoring political groups." The tactic: Sending warrant squads after targeted people purportedly based on "lowly" past offense–such as an "open container" drinking violation–that would usually he ignored, and then questioning them not about the warrant but about OWS plans they know about. Gawker had noticed this first on Monday.
9:00 Early release of Jennie Arnau cut on upcoming OccupyTheAlbum.
5:00 Cool story on folks using balloons (such as at left) to launch cameras to capture May Day rallies from above.
4:30 Report on cops in San Fran taking back that occupied "Turk" building, arresting 26…
1:50 Allison Kilkenny’s full report on May Day — and lack of major media coverage.
1:30 Turns out the Hipster Cop hates music–well, at least if it’s in the street and too loud. Maybe he’s still mad Radiohead didn’t show up again…. Cool photo and report on Tom Morello leading Guitar Army down 5th Avenue yesterday.
11:15 From a frequent correspondent: "This is a link to a news story from the "Vermont Digger" about our high-energy May Day march and rally yesterday in Montpelier — which involved somewhere between 500 (this story) and 1000 (WCAX) participants. (I say 700-800.) Also, notable for an emerging teamster-turtle type of alliance between the Vermont Workers Center, we Occupiers, and Bernie Sanders on the one hand and Bill McKibben and his 350.org on the other hand."