My initial suspicions were correct. Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman who were arrested in Greenwich Village over the weekend on weapons and explosives charges with him being semi-linked to Occupy, are probably just idle rich drug addicts.
‘It looks like they’re junkies, well-to-do junkies, not terrorists,’ said a police source.
From the Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Working Group comes this somewhat of a non-denial denial.
There is nothing in the news stories to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested; his name is unfamiliar to many OWS activists. A very large number of people came through Zuccotti Park, and there are countless Occupy-related groups nationwide, so it is very difficult to ascertain if one person participated in anything related to OWS.
This sounds like it was written by a lawyer. But if Greene was unknown to many OWS activists then it follows that he therefore was known by some. And saying there in no link between OWS and Greene in the original news stories is hardly a thundering denial. OWS is amorphous and doesn’t keep membership logs. Thus, anyone can wander in and say they are an activist. Gliedman was being investigated for credit card fraud and Greene has had prior trouble with police, including assault and weapons charges. My guess, he was a fringe member with agendas other than politics.
Gliedman went into labor while being arrested, was rushed to a hospital, and gave birth to a presumably heroin-addicted daughter. As to why they had a tiny bit of explosives and guns, including a sawed-off Mossberg (which is almost certainly illegal to possess in New York City), police said they had a twisted idea of what’s cool.
Officers were tipped off about the explosives by someone who met Gliedman and Greene in Washington Square Park. The couple invited the informant to their apartment to take a shower, which is when he spotted the weapons.
I guarantee this had something to do with drugs.