Remember the West Village bomb-maker who went to Harvard and was dyed-in-the-wool Occupy Wall Street?
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.”
“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.