I’ve been live-blogging OWS since October 1. For yesterday’s blog, click on my name at top. All times ET. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter @gregmitch. My new books vs. the death penalty and exposing atomic cover-up..
8:55 OccupyOakland (saw this on livestream) just called for vigils for Scott Olsen tomorrow night–terming what happened to him "the shot heard ’round the world."
8:50 We covered a wedding proposal two weeks ago at Zuccotti Park, and now an actual Occupy Wedding in Portland.
8:43 On Countdown tonight, roomate of injured vet Scott Olsen (still trending on Twitter) tells Keith O that at least Scott "would be glad to know his injury at least served to illuminate the cause," Keith writes. Meanwhile, in moving tribute, marches in dozens of cities tonight, from Portland to Boston.
8:00 Mondo bizarro: Rightwing filmmaker linked to James O’Keefe in the past caught at Zuccotti Park passing out bongs and Che Guevara rolling papers in effort to get "money shot" (probably for Fox) showing drug-addicted young Occupyers. Watch video as it happens. Rats, foiled again! Isn’t it funny how so many boomers have visited park and remarked on relative absence of marijuana smell compared to past protests….
7:40 MoveOn just sent out email appeal for donations for major "rapid response" ad to run in Oakland "as part of our efforts to fight back and defend Occupy protesters’ rights to peacefully exercise their first amendment rights….urging the mayor and the police to end their brutal tactics and respect the protesters’ rights. We want to make sure everyone in Oakland sees the footage of the crackdown for themselves."
7:35 The always quotable Charles P. Pierce at Esquire: "Make no mistake about it: The actions of the police department in Oakland last night were a military assault on a legitimate political demonstration. That it was a milder military assault than it could have been, which is to say it wasn’t a massacre, is very much beside the point. There was no possible provocation that warranted this display of force. (Graffiti? Litter? Rodents? Is the Oakland PD now a SWAT team for the city’s health department?) If you are a police department in this country in 2011, this is something you do because you have the power and the technology and the license from society to do it. This is a problem that has been brewing for a long time. It predates the Occupy movement for more than a decade. It even predates the ‘war on terror,’ although that has acted as what the arson squad would call an “accelerant” to the essential dynamic. Basic law enforcement in this country is thoroughly, totally militarized. It is militarized at its most basic levels."