It's May Day, which is sort of like Anarchist Super Bowl. So it's probably no coincidence that the Justice Department arrested five "self-described anarchists" in a plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland today, according to the AP. The plot was an FBI sting, with fake "bombs" supplied by the feds, as most plots are these days.
The FBI conducted a three-year investigation, dubbed "Seizing Thunder," into a animal-rights and environmental "terrorists" in the Pacific Northwest that devolved into widespread—and seemingly pointless—surveillance of activists for no apparent reason aside from the fact that they were anarchists, or protested the war in Iraq, or were "militant feminists." Here's the file.
It wasn't that long ago that Washington, DC was just a normal American city, featuring a small cocoon of privileged white wonks surrounded by a seething and forcefully ignored black population. Standard stuff. But then the city was gobsmacked with a "young, hip vibe" that is in the process of turning the drab and nerdy confines of our nation's capital into a wacky blend of hip archetypes, each of which is good for at least one new Washington Post feature story. I mean, anarchist dog-walkers? It doesn't get any hipper!
Protesters at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh have been met my an overwhelming and thoroughly militarized police response. Here's a video gallery of some on-the-ground confrontations yesterday and overnight.