BBD – The DNA Gambit

Just reading through some of Barrett Brown’s old blog posts. Seems there’s always more writing by the man than I thought. Anyway, got curious about the “OWS murder link.” Brown mentions it in relation to Gawker‘s Adrian Chen, who jumped on the story. I vaguely recall it being brought up on Twitter, the short but smug rejoicing of the Wall Street pep squad and pundits that they could at last pin a crime on people who protest organizations that commit crimes as part of their business model–and do so on a frequent basis. Then, the return of sadness when it turned out that the whole story was bulls—. What I did not know or recall was why it was shown to be in error: an apparent DNA test lab error:


It’s not quite Dewey Defeats Truman, but The New York Post may come to regret its “OWS Murder Link” headline now that The New York Times is reporting that a DNA match supposedly linking a 2004 killing to a March protest was the result of a laboratory error. The Post is already citing a source calling it “a total screw-up.”


This, of course, reminded me of one day in the Summer of ’11… It was a bright, beautiful day in Minneapolis. At least it seemed so to a person who’s brain had been baked by microwaves and whathaveyou by the Federal government {again, see the post two down}.

I sent this email, BCCed a few folks in case I wound up in the slammer for Jimmy Hoffa, Franz Ferdinand, or the rape of Lucrece:

Received: from [] ([])
        by with ESMTPS id 1sm1111820yhs.25.2011.
        (version=TLSv1/SSLv3 cipher=OTHER);
        Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:36:45 -0700 (PDT)
Mime-Version: 1.0 (iPhone Mail 8C148a)
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
X-Mailer: iPhone Mail (8C148a)
From: Christopher Knall
Subject: No Skin Off My Leg
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:36:36 -0500
To: Christopher Knall

Just for documentation purposes…

A few days ago I had a large (4″ x 6″ or so) minor in terms of depth blister on my right calf on the right side. I was sitting outside when I noticed it… Not particularly painful. I peeled it off and threw it away (off the curb).

Later the discarded skin was gone.

Look [for] my DNA at a crime scene!

Or perhaps not now that I’ve documented it. Tricky bastards.


Sent via mobile

A typo corrected in there. Let me add some missing details and point some things up. This is 2011, a year before the OWS headline.

The blister was an almost perfect oval. It didn’t hurt, was a very shallow blister. Guessing some sort of spray could have been responsible. Suppose could be electronic “skin burn” gun. Weird in any case. At first assumed a very bizarre sunburn limited to a small area of one leg.

Not in my life.

After discarding it, I went inside for a drink. Maximum elapsed time down stairs to apartment #1 and back up with drink was likely less than 10 minutes, could have been less than 5.

Suddenly occurred to me that substantial, fleshy chunks of a Federal target floating around out there {I once had had similar concern when a one-night stand took a condom with him when he left} might not be a good idea. I went to check.

And it was gone. We’re talking about very near the curb, between two parked cars. Unlikely it blew away. Possible taken by rat, cockroach, FBI counter-intelligence. You know, some kind of vermin.

Anywho, this is the kind of thing I mean about covert ops against protestors, witnesses, whistleblowers, etc. If it hasn’t already been done–that is framing someone by planting their DNA at a crime scene or making clandestine switcheroos in the lab–it will be.

PS: always possibility of planting cigarette butts or similar at crime scenes as well. Noticed some of those disappear from parents’ yard in late 2011/ early 2012, think it was.


The Wire, “Occupy DNA ‘Murder Link’ Now Thought to Be Lab Error,” Adam Martin, 11 July 2012


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