I haven’t announced this here yet, but Brandon Darby and I are planning to go to New York City to cover Occupy Wall Street on video. It seems like the place to be and Brandon and I seem like the right people to go there. More details on this later, but if you want to donate to help cover the expenses of flying to New York and shooting video, you can donate whatever you want right here.
I’ve been talking about the trip on Twitter, though – and the #OWS crew was listening.
This is an email I just got from Neal Rauhauser. First, he tells me that he himself has forwarded info about Brandon and me to people at #OWS, then he makes a friendly suggestion that maybe I should avoid the situation. Subtle.
The head of security for OWS is a former Marine I happen to know. I just forwarded him the information that you and Brandon Darby may be planning a visit. They’re pretty snappy about dealing with behavior problems, so photos of you two will start circulating within the next half hour or so. They aren’t violent with provocateurs, but they’re eager to exercise the free legal services they have available in the event of any defamation.
The bigger picture here is that Breitbart seems to be working with Thomas Ryan and Aaron Barr – a red flag waved in front of Anonymous. Couple that with the investigation aimed at Pat and Seth, and this seems to me like the sort of thing I would personally studiously avoid – lots of hazards, no benefits.
This email also really refutes those people who think that #Occupy is a nice, mainstream grassroots movement. The line “They’re pretty snappy about dealing with behavior problems, so photos of you two will start circulating within the next half hour or so.” gives you a good sense of what kind of group you’re dealing with.