Artist Behind Faux-NYPD PSA Ads Arrested Following Investigation By Counter-Terrorism Unit

The creator of the previously noted fantastic poster campaign was apparently regarded as a terrorist threat and subject to a manhunt for daring to mock the police, the Verge reports:

A street artist who hung satirical posters criticising police surveillance activities has been arrested after an NYPD investigation tracked him to his doorstep. Essam Attia placed the Big Brother-style adverts in locations throughout Manhattan, using a fake Van Wagner maintenance van and uniforms to avoid detection. Attia now faces 56 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and grand larceny possession of stolen property.

Months after forensics teams and a “counter-terrorism” unit was spotted on the scene, the NYPD last Wednesday successfully tracked down and arrested the 29-year-old art school vandal, who identified himself in the video as a former “geo-spatial analyst” serving US military operations in Iraq.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Thank big brother they locked that thinkcrimer away.

  • InfvoCuernos

    So I guess protest = terrorist now. No good will come of that.

  • BuzzCoastin

    if I had a name like Essam Attia
    I wouldn’t be poking the pigs in the eye
    only people with names like Bush, Cheney, Obama
    can flaunt laws with impunity
    only approved names can desecrate truth & justice
    which is the primary reason they refer to it as
    the land of the free*

    (*YMMV, not valid in all states, some restrictions apply, void where prohibited by law)

  • Hadrian999

    once the operation is over ditch the tools, a little tradecraft goes a long way

  • jellyman

    is any kind of page up so we can support dude?