Aaron Swartz, a true internet hero, an heros

Discussion in 'Freedom of Expression' started by ItchyScratchy, Jan 12, 2013.

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    It's interesting to watch him scurry away from blame. He keeps explaining "only 6 months". How would he like only 6 months.
    He is surrounded by colleagues who are assuring him is is blameless, meanwhile taking a step back from him. He is an aggressive prosecutor, most of his colleagues wouldn't take the stance he did.
    He's kind of like a hedge fund manager...fame but no morals.
    I hope a concerted effort to make this painful for him will hold others back.
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    *They are surrounded by colleagues assuring them she is blameless...." Got the stuff mixed up.
  11. Quick Silver Member

    How many more like minded individuals such as us must continue to suffer in silence?
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    "Cooling down period" yeah .. that was difficult. Posts from Professor Tim Wu,Marcia Hoffman,Gregg .. being Uplifting,Insightful & Profound.
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    Tragic & NO EXCUSE! I've been hurting though I never met this young man & only recently learned about him.
    I can't imagine how it must be for his family & the people who knew him.
    I believe the way our government wanted to make him an example will haunt them & may end up being the biggest thorn in the Obama Administration's side, next to Bradley Manning & Julian Assange!
    We have to ask why the crooks on Wall Street, Bank of America & J.P.Morgan Chase (to name a few) got away with almost collapsing our economy & ripping the American people off for billions, when Aaron's so called crime was downloading a bunch of academic articles in order to make the statement...that information is FREE! I WANT TO KNOW WHY he was hounded & threatened with 35 years in prison while the banksters were awarded with millions of dollars in bonuses! WTF is that about?
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    Don't hold back.
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    Bradley Manning posted information that may/may not have been security breaches.
    Barrett Brown has been charged for posting a link to information from a hack-Strafor.
    Aaron Swartz was criminally charged for sharing information protected by copyright and a paywall. The people who owned the information didn't pursue charges, but he was charged with felonies anyway.
    It seems the US government is trying to criminalize on-line advocacy for freedom of information in several courts.
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    Gregg Housh:

    An Open Letter to Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann

    Aaron Swartz was an amazing man, a genius, and more importantly someone who fought for what was right.

    The last few days have been a horribly sad and hectic time. I am sure it has been the same for you. I wanted to write this letter to you right after we all found out about Aaron’s death, but I thought that waiting until I had cooled down would be a wise decision. Cooling down period over, it is time to speak my mind.

    What you have done should be considered murder in this country. Nothing about your prosecution of Aaron Swartz was just. I have to wonder how many other people in a similar position to his you have put in prison. How many people who do not deserve prison time are currently sitting in a cell wondering why you did this to them? The world would be a far better place with less people like you in positions of power. Everything about your process and methods in this case, and seemingly in every other one you have ever been attached to, is horrible. Your tactics reek of coercion. The law, this country, and by extension the entire world would be better off without you around.

    I would love for you turn yourselves in to the authorities, to resign from your posts and accept the just punishments for your crimes not only against Aaron but against all of us who are devastated by his loss. But the system has been so poisoned by generations of terrible people such as yourselves that there is no chance of justice for you through the system.

    If only someone would go after you for your real crimes as harshly as you went after Aaron for his imagined ones, I can only guess that you would end up with the death penalty. Knowing that you won’t actually kill yourselves over this how about something else? Maybe you could take a long hard look at the laws you abuse and realize just how bad they are. The laws pertaining to computer crime in this country are broken, and have been for many years. The only way to begin any road to redemption is through legislative change. Use the power you so readily weild against the public to sway the law makers and get us the change we need.

    For everyone else, we should use this event to fix a lot of the problems that led us here. Marcia Hofmann’s article title “How To Honor Aaron Swartz”[1] is one of the best pieces written on this topic. Everyone should read that and talk to their representatives. Everyone should sign the petition to remove Carmen Ortiz from office[2]. The next thing I think everyone interested in this should read is Lawrence Lessig’s article “Prosecutor As Bully”[3]. Last but definitely not least is something we should all be aware of called Jury Nullifcation[4][5].

    [1] – How To Honor Aaron Swartz
    [2] – Petition
    [3] – Prosecutor As Bully
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    What the Aaron Swartz Tragedy Means to His Generation
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    Sad graph, but then how many of them have the character that Aaron did?
    Apparently, possibly, 8!
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    The truth will come out...
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    38 min radio
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    So she admits they had discussions & what they planned to recommend BUT did they ever tell Aarons's attorney this? OR that they DID NOT intend to seek the maxium penalities?

    I call horse puckey! (whatever a horse puckey is)
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    Ok. This is hard to take.
  39. Quick Silver Member

    Fairwell our Sweet Prince; I assure you; youre sacrafice will not be in vain! Your tragic death has awakened many sleepers, and our fire for your injustice will rage uncontrolled for many years to come.
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    Love this because it is true.

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