Now Village Bomber Aaron Greene Was a Nazi All Along

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Forget whatever the media said before. Now Aaron Greene is a "Hitler-wannabe."
Remember the West Village bomb-maker who went to Harvard and was dyed-in-the-wool Occupy Wall Street?

Remember how he didn't go to Harvard? Remember how he had no connection to Occupy and didn't have any political affiliations or motivations at all?

Remember how yes he did too?

No? Don't remember any of that? All previous iterations of this story safely stowed down the memory hole?

Good. Because here's the new official version: Aaron Greene, arrested last week in his apartment for possession of firearms and the explosive powder HMTD, is a Nazi-lover. Who went to Harvard.

The lead from today's New York Post:

"The Nazi-loving Harvard grad busted with bomb-making materials in his Greenwich Village apartment was planning to blow up the Washington Arch with high-grade explosives, police officials said."

Nazi-loving? Yes.

"Law enforcement also characterized Greene as an Adolf Hitler-wannabe. Greene allegedly signed off on several letters with the lightning bolt symbol commonly associated with Hitler's SS. In one missive, he repeatedly used the word 'kill' and the phrase 'kill them all,' sources said.

'Greene told his girlfriend's parents that his grandfather was a Nazi during WWII,' said one law enforcement source."

Leaving aside the fact that this evidence seems at least as likely to identify Greene as an extended-adolescent dumbass as it is to pin him as a committed National Socialist -- the Daily Beast's depiction of Greene and his girlfriend as hapless fuck-ups has always seemed more plausible than other portraits -- today's Nazi angle is still interesting.

That's because it represents a full 180-degree revolution of the compass needle of Greene's political orientation as reported in the press. No longer a pinko malcontent, Greene has metamorphosed in the Post into an aspiring brownshirt. Post reporters keep uncritically transcribing the whispers of anonymous police sources even when they contradict themselves. And it's done without any sort of correction. The Post never associated a drug-addled weapons-horder with a popular movement for economic justice! On the contrary, it says he is a Nazi-lover. Eurasia has always been at war with Eastasia.

Meanwhile, Greene went to Harvard, goddamnit. That part stays in. It's too good to fact-check.

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rmp2011
rmp2011

Get a clue. Nazi= NATIONAL SOCIALISM.

“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”

-— Adolf Hitler. April 12, 1921 

Small difference tween the nazis and OWS... 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Very amusing -- except for the explosives.  Is Aaron Smith a reasonably proficient chemist, or was the HMTD delivered directly to him by Al Quaeda, the FBI, or the NYPD?  I gather that it is relatively easy to make and has been used in many suicide bombings and possibly the attack on the London Underground.

ax49
ax49

Village Voice is such an amazing publication I love how it always cites itself as a source. I hear on the streets of NY its one of most popular newspapers used by homeless people for insulation. Never have i seen a publication so scared of a story, so terrified that a terrorist shares the same views as them. What a relief the crazy bomber was a Nazi not one of us radical liberals. GO OWS! YEAH! SUPER!

hrothgar.pedersen
hrothgar.pedersen

@ax49 This article alone identifies Daily Beast, the NY Post, and Gothamist as sources. The previous Voice articles it refers to recapitulate from sources like Reuters, the Washington Post and the Times.

Of course, you already knew that -- clearly.

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