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Excerpt: "Police have apparently just raided the Brooklyn studio of and taken some of the project's key volunteers into custody."

A video camera fixed on Occupy Wall Street protesters, 10/07/11. (photo: deshaunicus/flickr)
A video camera fixed on Occupy Wall Street protesters, 10/07/11. (photo: deshaunicus/flickr)

Occupy Wall Street's Livestream Operators Arrested

By Adam Martin, The Atlantic Wire

04 January 12


ccupy Wall Street is in the middle of one of its day-long marches in New York Tuesday, protesting the National Defense Authorization Act, but for those following along on the Global Revolution livestream, the real action is happening in the broadcast studio itself. That's because police have apparently just raided the Brooklyn studio of and taken some of the project's key volunteers into custody.

The raid Tuesday follows a notice to vacate that police delivered to the Bushwick studio on Monday night. Victoria Sobel, a Global Revolution volunteer, said Vlad Teichberg and a guy named Spike, both of whom maintain the live feed aggregator, had been taken into custody by police, along with four or five others.

Update: The six arrested in Tuesday's raid lived at the Global Revolution space. See our latest here.

In Manhattan, about 100 Occupy protesters (according to Animal New York's Twitter) marched to the offices of New York senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, where they told stories and made impassioned cases for the wrongness of the NDAA. They plan a final rally at Grand Central station at 5 p.m., which should make for some fun interactions with hurried commuters. Lots of people were watching the proceedings on live feeds operated by, but now that site has stopped broadcasting the New York protest and is showing footage of Occupy Maui.

If you were following along earlier today, you may have been startled at about 1:45 p.m. to see the live feed cut away from the street-level action and to the face of Vlad Teichberg, one of the main organizers of Global Revolution. The new shot showed a large, graffittied space where Teichberg and a couple of colleagues were confronting a man they identified as the landlord, who had apparently broken in their door. They put the camera on him, he threatened to call the police, they said he had no right to come into the space by force, and he eventually left.

But Sobel said that was just the start of the day's conflict. Shortly after the confrontation, the police arrived. "Within the past hour, the police came in and removed people that were inside the studio," she said. "I believe the police just began knocking on the door and saying they would kick the door down and saying they would arrest people on the spot." The Global Revolution studio is now locked, Sobel said. The live feed has finished its Hawaiian broadcast and is playing a pre-recorded video. "The message is that even if they take the space, the [broadcast] will continue to be maintained," Sobel said. But right now, it seems to be out of commission.

Police and buildings department officials had served the Buswhick, Brooklyn space with notices to vacate on Monday night, declaring it "imminently perilous to life." The blog A Great Big City picked up this photo of the notice to vacate from the studio from the Twitter stream of Glass Bead Collective:

There is a handful of live streams that regularly cover Occupy events, such as Tim Pool's The Other 99 and Spencer Mills's OakFoSho. But Global Revolution is considered the main channel. It's an aggregator of live streams worldwide, borne of the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zuccotti Park. And this wouldn't be the first time the headquarters had moved.

In an Oct. 4 profile, The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz wrote: "For the first few weeks of the protest, Global Revolution operated from under a tarp in Zuccotti Park, using wireless hot spots. Two weeks ago, the group, frustrated with the amount of equipment they were losing to theft and rain, moved to NoHo." Global Revolution operated from a building at Lafayette and Bleeker while journalists such as New York's John Heilemann and Wired's Sean Captain profiled it. Heilemann's Nov. 27 piece described the 39-year-old Teichberg as "so jacked in to the electronic grid that he comes across like a character out of Neuromancer." By Dec. 11,, when The New York Times wrote about the rise of live feeds in publicizing the Occupy protests, the Global Rev. headquarters had moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn. your social media marketing partner


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+235 # LessSaid 2012-01-04 14:18
This will surely strengthen the OWS movement.
+22 # Lloyd Wagner 2012-01-04 18:55
LOL. Your post had 13 thumbs-up, and when I clicked one more it went up to 43.
Way to say a lot in a few words!
+117 # Barbara K 2012-01-04 16:40
Well, there goes our Liberties now. Even the police have gone from "Serve and Protect" to "Torture and Kill". We need to be smart voters and pay attention to we vote for so we can get these rethugs and tbaggers out of the seats that were bought for them by the likes of the Koch Bastards.
+60 # bugbuster 2012-01-04 16:40
This article doesn't make a lot of sense. Why were they arrested?
+9 # 666 2012-01-04 21:14
oh it was probably just a TSA strike force surprise search...
+2 # Capn Canard 2012-01-08 12:29
Bugbuster, good question but by now it is clear to me that we live in an Orwellian Police State.
+89 # Karlus58 2012-01-04 16:52
Wait a minute...were they there illegally. The story made no mention if they were renters. Did the landlord have the right to get them out? And why were the police so quick to shove themselves inside? Something is missing here....the rest of the story. I surely want them to continue with the stream...but good golly, why not get an appropriate place to work from? Doesn't sound good. I'm a strong supporter and believe in the OWS movement so only asking relevent question.
+55 # RussellB 2012-01-04 18:38
Definitely there is something missing, like the essential facts. This is a very poorly written article. I don't understand how a journalist can write this and leave out the legal pretext for the order to vacate and the arrests.
+63 # wrodwell 2012-01-04 16:55
And so it starts. Global Revolution's voice is suppressed while Global Corporation's voice is amplified via the Supreme Court's supremely inane "Citizens United" decision that grants "personhood" to corporations. The key to that decision is the clause whereby these newly anointed "persons" no longer need to be identified as political donors enabling millions upon millions of corporate dollars to be funneled into political campaign coffers incognito. However, a light at the beginning of the tunnel is the recent court action in Montana striking down the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision, the worst ever made by the Supreme Court since the Dred Scott case in the 1800's. With Montana leading the way, let's hope the other 49 states follow suit.
+15 # 666 2012-01-04 21:19
the next step will be to incorporate personhood -- so the only "persons" will be those with enough cash/capital to pass a means test be they natural or artificial persons. then all of us non-people can be treated like real slaves.
+9 # Fight the Reich 2012-01-05 02:02
Sorry to be bearer of bad news, but that already happened rather soon after 9-11, as 9-11 was extremely well & expertly planned and carried out to do. The "1%" IS the means test. The MIC / Amairka Inc. / Fourth Reich have been tightening the noose, robbing us blind and tying up loose ends ever since. Too bad so few Amairkan Sheeple heeded ample warnings before it was too late to avoid insurrection that the MIC / Fourth Reich will surely make as fascist, dictatorial and violent as neccessary to stay in power. Their hosing down old ladies and peaceful protesters with pepper spray IS the nature of Reich minded scum, and they haven't even got warmed up yet.
-6 # Scott479 2012-01-05 12:20
I stand corrected.
+11 # ejf3 2012-01-05 18:10
Yes, you do sound paranoid, but you know what... there truely is plenty of reason for it. If the 3rd Reich could happen while no one believed it possible, it could certainly happen again. Wake up everyone. The 1% already run the show. There is no democracy anymore other than what you demand. What are you going to do about it?
0 # Capn Canard 2012-01-08 12:33
ejf3, I gave you a thumbs up but I believe it may be time to move past paranoia, or do we wait until they come for us?
+48 # shortonfaith 2012-01-04 17:04
I believe this was in a vacated building wasn't it? They really didn't have any rights to be there. OWS now needs to rent some real studio space & become a part of the solution. Maybe they can get some established space with Al Gore's Current TV network? It's time. It's time the Occupy movement started taking up some space in every state across America. I do understand the need to stay discreet still, there's a lot of vacant space out there for sale or rent. Start passing the hat during this election donation time. Peal away some of the $millions going to these big media companies. Hopefully this will strengthen the OWS movement.
+18 # ChickenBoo 2012-01-04 21:45
I agree with you that we (Occupy) needs (our) own space. We ARE big enough. How does one contact Al Gore to encourage him to help? Good idea!

Quoting shortonfaith:
established space with Al Gore's Current TV network? It's time. It's time the Occupy movement started taking up some space in every state across America. I do understand the need to stay discreet still, there's a lot of vacant space out there for sale or rent. Start passing the hat during this election donation time. Peal away some of the $millions going to these big media companies. Hopefully this will strengthen the OWS movement.
+7 # ejf3 2012-01-05 18:14
Agreed. And when they no longer have legitimate reasons to shut OWS communications down, they'll manufacture a reason. So a well-organized, redundant streaming network across the country should be part of the plan to stay one step ahead of the facitsts.
+34 # DaveM 2012-01-04 17:09
Isn't there a document around somewhere which contains a paragraph commonly known as the 1st Amendment?
+50 # Sully747 2012-01-04 18:27
The NDAA obliterated the 1st amendment…
+41 # noitall 2012-01-04 17:20
looks like the NDAA is coming in handy already. The moral: never scare a fascist.
+49 # Erdajean 2012-01-04 17:35
Interesting how fast this followed Obama's signing of the NDAA. Now that every thinker in the whole U.S. population is viewed as a criminal, every soul with a triple-digit IQ is at risk.

Shades of Madame Mao, who hired a bunch of teenage boys to batter and kill all the teachers, artists and intellectuals, in China's Cultural Revolution. I.e., just to be SURE nobody opposed her.... .

It is hitting the fan
+72 # Sully747 2012-01-04 18:18
Welcome to the United Police State of America… The hippies were right.
+5 # Fight the Reich 2012-01-05 02:07
The United Snakes of Amairka.
+37 # Andrew Hansen 2012-01-04 18:38
No surprise at 1%er tactics. Seems pretty naive of the 1% to believe that this will really thwart the effort of committed folk. I guess when the money is dripping out of the pores, no problem buying out an old building.
+44 # jooberdoober 2012-01-04 18:39
Has anyone seen or heard from these people that were arrested? Or did they make them disappear or directly send them to Gitmo without trial? Welcome to the Fascist State.
+22 # jwb110 2012-01-04 19:14
This is a can of worms the 1% is going to be damned sorry they opened. The 1% and all of their minions never take into consideration that AMericans, as bullying as they can be, do not being bullied by others, especially other Americans.
It's gonna be a bumpy ride.
+19 # nancyw 2012-01-04 19:22
Why isn't the White House making any comment on the squashing of free speech and expression going on?
+5 # Byronator 2012-01-05 00:26
No balls, no gall.
+3 # disgusted American 2012-01-06 18:06
Quoting nancyw:
Why isn't the White House making any comment on the squashing of free speech and expression going on?

Because the White House is responsible for quashing free speech and implementation by Homeland Security via the police of brutality against the 99 percent and faux arrests.

Homeland Security doesn't freelance. It takes orders from on high.

The detention of Americans law that Obama just signed was billed by Democrats and Repulbicans as a must-have law. Doesn't that round out the story for you?

The only time the White House and Hillary make any comment on quashing free speech is when it pertains to other countries in order to fool people into believing that America promotes liberty and justice for all around the world.

Don't cha know that America is spreading democracy to other countries by dropping bombs and sending in unmmanded drones that kill civilians and destroy the infrastuctures, not to mention their dwellings?

It's part of the dog-and-pony show.
+9 # tjgreen 2012-01-04 19:28
Watch the film THRIVE to UNDERSTAND the Bigger Picture of all this.
+23 # cordleycoit 2012-01-04 19:53
There is not second amendment in a tyranny, New York City is one such state. Ruled by the rich for the rich a Singapore like state. Corrupt to the core and violent reactions to the truth. The thought police never sleep and are ever busy making life miserable for the oppressed residents. One must seize one's rights and defend them.
+21 # ChickenBoo 2012-01-04 21:42
This is so frightening. The NDAA IS already being enforced. Next step, the concentration camps? So, OK...they crush us all down to be Wal-Mart Ninnies...we can't make much money for them like that!2012 will be my year to disconnect everything I can that feeds the 1%. I pray for our Occupy heroes. They need to be identified and praised and protected.
+3 # ejf3 2012-01-05 18:20
The only real power, the only vote we really have is how we spend our money. Of course that's why the 1% have such a bigger vote than the rest of us! But collectively, we can agree to vote down one facist at a time by not giving them our money. Is anyone out there organizing such an effort? I'm moving my money to a small local bank to cut out the Wall Street bank I currently use. Any other suggestions of who to target next?
+4 # Activista 2012-01-04 22:55
FBI and government should concentrate on REAL CRIMINALS -
" schemer Scott Rothstein laid out in incriminating detail how far the tentacles stretched in his $1.2 billion fraud, pointing the finger at numerous lawyers, bankers, business people, relatives, friends and unnamed law enforcement officials and politicians."
and MURDER - strangulation."
where was this information? - trial started in 2009. Like 50 lawyers were on the crime - the system is SO CORRUPT -
+1 # Activista 2012-01-05 22:37;_ylc=X3oDMTBtYmVvZzg3BF9TAwRlbWFpbElkAzEzMjU4MTc0MDg-?bcmt_s=e
investigated more - surreal - this conforms again Florida Banana Republic -
"Scott Rothstein implicated his former partners, staff and others at his now-defunct Fort Lauderdale law firm. He pointed the finger at unnamed local politicians, judges, police officers and sheriff's deputies, claiming he paid at least $1 million in cash bribes and allowed them to live his "rock-star lifestyle" of private jets, prostitutes, sporting events and strip clubs."
Contributor to McCain, friend of governor, big charity man, condo with prostitutes across the office and of course big G*d beliver.
now he gets 50 year protection in Federal Prison from Mafia ... the prototype of 1% ruling class ... $1200 millions
+14 # George Levinson 2012-01-04 23:29
What was Obama thinking when he decided not to veto this horrible bill?

It should be no surprise to anyone that the police state is ready to take advantage of the new law to stifle dissent.

This is a sad day for America.
0 # disgusted American 2012-01-06 18:22
[quote name="George Levinson"]What was Obama thinking when he decided not to veto this horrible bill?

Obama approved of the lanquage in the bill according to Carl Levin, the Democrat who wrote it with McCain, a Repuke.

Obama said he would veto the bill but that was only b/c it required that detained Americans be tried by the military. That meant they would be considered war criminals and, thus, the Geneva Convention and other regs would apply (Not that Obama (or Bush) - both pro-torture - give a damn about the Geneva Convention anymore so than they honor the U.S. Constitution or Bill or Rights.

So Congress was more than happy to change some words in the bill so detained Americans would be treated as enemy combatants, thus, keeping Obama's (or any sitting prez's) unilateral power.

That said, the veto piece was pure theatrics to make people think Obama was against this law. In his order put forth when he signed it on New Year's Eve day, he said he had his doubts about its provisions.

So aside from his never intending to veto, his order at the signing is more baloney.

Either Chris Hedges or Glenn Greenwald and maybe Jonathan Turley wrote in depth about this.
+20 # 1984 2012-01-05 00:41
Even if they were there illegally, landlord/tenant wise,they would be considered squatters and the landlord would have to go to court to evict them. The delay and cost of going to court would have been long and costly. That is why the police had to declare their occupancy "imminently perilous to life."
This is also called facism.
Don't we wonder why the Germans followed Hitler when such heinous things were going on. Well, Americans are now doing the same. These things are happening here now, and no one with clout (like the news)is paying attention, broadcasting, calling it what it is, comparing it to heinous acts in the past ,or educating the public and stirring them into action. Going through such things in the now never seem as heinous or dangerous as when reading these events in history texts.
+4 # ejf3 2012-01-05 18:35
There are voices in media speaking out. But there is powerful money working to shut them down everyway possible. When the money doesn't do it, they'll just march the free press off to camps as terrorists. I'm wondering why there is no one other than Bernie Sanders in the government sounding the bell and standing up for our civil rights. Are they all bought off, or is it blackmail, or threats? Or are each of them just hoping that by "going along" maybe they'll get to be fat cats too?
+9 # bong_jamesbong2001 2012-01-05 06:25
It is a sad day to be an American. Welcome to Cairo-on-the-Hudson.
We have no choice but to resist.
Where is Obama now?
0 # disgusted American 2012-01-06 18:24
Quoting bong_jamesbong2001:
Where is Obama now?

Planning implementation of the next phase of the Police State of America.
+8 # JohnRussell2012 2012-01-06 05:58
Stated reason by agents of the police state for "pulling the plug..." Police and buildings department officials had served the Buswhick, Brooklyn space with notices to vacate on Monday night, declaring it "imminently perilous to life." Be on the lookout for nefarious trumped up issues of safety.... That seems to be the BS rationale for now. Rent some space someplace and get the stream back up. J R
0 # Robbie 2012-01-08 18:17
Back of the bread is the flour, back of the flour is the mill, etc. The drive for dictatorship stems from the desperation of the British-Wall Street monetarist crowd, and their willing servant, Obama. Bernie Sanders isn't the only one sounding the alarm. Ron Paul is too, and he is in government, and also the national slate of 6 Larouche Democrats running for Congress, who have a solution and are not just griping - Glass Steagall, a National Credit Bank to bankrupt the monetarists and develop the Arctic in concert with the Russians and Chinese.

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