That didn't take long. No sooner does the NYPD announce a “link” between a DNA trace retrieved from a March Occupy protest and an unsolved 2004 murder, a day later comes the retraction. As reported here yesterday, NY Times and mucho mas outlets nearly fell over themselves publicizing the alleged “link” to Occupy, offering up salacious headlines.
Today, they take it all back. "DNA Match Tying Protest to 2004 Killing Is Doubted" NY Times now says. Dailybeast.com goes further saying “Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database.”
Tragic story : Julliard student Sarah Fox is found murdered in 2004 after disappearing while on a spring run. Nearly 8 years later, headlines trumpet “DNA Said to Link Occupy Wall St. Protest and 2004 Killing,” which for most will read “Occupy Wall St. linked to 2004 killing.” It's a not-so-subtle tactic. Do the facts matter? The DNA trace could have come from anywhere, friend or killer. It matches the DNA found on the victim's CD player. Is it possible the killer touched the CD player and was present at the March 2012 Occupy action the trace was retrieved from? Of course. Equally possible that the touch or match is coincidental. But hey, if you can possibly suggest in mainstream outlets that occupiers are responsible for a crime that took place nearly a decade before they existed, why not. NY Times
With meetings wrapped up and a brighter future mapped, Occupy heads North from Philly, at least the Guitarmy does, with sometimes rocker/activist and ex-Rage Against the Machine maestro Tom Morello at its head. Morello in his Rage salad days are featured in the video above. Details on the march are at philly.com, blogger and tweeter Dustin Slaughter offers a broadcast (on occasion) of the live event via ustream
While Occupiers bake in Philly sun and prepare to join the masses swarming Independence Mall for the USA's 236th birthday, they may be forgiven for embracing/echoing the spirit of the Founding Fathers, who envisioned a democratic, or at least “republican,” form of government. Or at least a government not beholden to big banks.
In the aftermath of Sunday's arrest of 26 occupy demonstrators for allegedly blocking a roadway, Occupy NG plows forward, meeting in small groups, discussing the way forward. Philly.com