Discussion in 'Freedom of Expression' started by ItchyScratchy, Jan 12, 2013.
1/25/13 Boston protest for Aaron Swartz
There's also a facebook event and a post in the event section here for the Boston one. I don't know if these are going to be offensive or not, but I made some pretty things for Aaron because that's all I've got:
IMHO the double speak is this- they were going to recommend a 6 months sentence to the judge. They were not going to suggest a 6 months until he pled guilty to avoid a trial. At no time did their plans include cutting the sentence down to 6 months and then have the court decide his guilt or innocence. It's total self- serving bullshit.
http://pastebin.com/PjqxaHn1and we can guess that this is the type of in-group rationalization and mutual absolution circulating in the conversations that are happening after Aaron Swartz suicide. "Of course this isn't your fault. You did everything right!" "So did you."
Thank you for this. Watching the posturing disgusts me. Laws and politics in the US? Gross.
God Bless Aaron. You are loved and missed.
Carmen Ortiz Releases Totally Bogus Statement Concerning The Aaron Swartz Prosecution
John Cornyn Criticizes Eric Holder Over Aaron Swartz's Death
I have shown earlier how, during the period when the Grand Jury was investigating Swartz, Swartz was FOIAing stuff that the prosecutor seems to have subpoeaned as part of a fishing expedition into Swartz. I have also shown that a FOIA response he got in January 2011 suggests he may have been discussed in a (presumably different) grand jury investigation between October 8 and December 10, 2010. And Jason Leopold has also pointed to some interesting coincidences in Swartz’ FOIAs.
But there’s a series of FOIAs Swartz submitted that almost certainly pissed off the government: he FOIAed tapes that would have had Bradley Manning, describing in his own words, how he was being treated at Quantico.On December 23, 2010, David House blogged about the treatment Bradley Manning was being subjected to at Quantico (which has since been deemed illegal).On December 27, Swartz asked for the following in FOIA from the Marine Corps:Any records related to Bradley Manning or his confinement in Quantico Brig.In particular, please process as quickly as possible a request for the government-curated audio tapes created in Quantico brig visitation room #2 on December 18 and December 19 2010 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. These tapes may also contain a recording of David M. House; I have permission from David House under the Privacy Act to request these records.The timeline that ensued is below, with other significant dates included.
More at link.
Not a good thing when a Senator calls for an investigation of a government employee.
Maybe this is on the twitterverse. I didn't see it, but if it isn't -and someone is so inclined, please do.
John Cornyn Criticizes Eric Holder Over Aaron Swartz's Death
Cornyn, a staunch conservative, also praised the strength of Swartz's moral convictions. Swartz was a leading progressive political activist.
"Mr. Swartz was, among other things, a brilliant technologist and a committed activist for the causes in which he believed – including, notably, the freedom of information," Cornyn wrote.
January 18, 2013 The Honorable Eric Holder Attorney General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder:
Like many Americans, I was saddened to learn last week of the death of Aaron Swartz. Mr. Swartz was, among other things, a brilliant technologist and a committed activist for the causes in which he believed – including, notably, the freedom of information. His death, at the young age of twenty-six, was tragic.
As you are doubtless aware, Mr. Swartz was facing an aggressive prosecution by the Department of Justice when he took his own life. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts accused him of breaking into the computer networks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and downloading without authorization thousands of academic articles from a subscription service. While the subscription service did not support a prosecution, in July 2011 the U.S. Attorney’s office indicted him on four counts of fraud and computer crimes, charges that reportedly could have resulted in up to 35 years imprisonment and a $1 million dollar fine. This past September, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed a superseding indictment charging Mr. Swartz with thirteen felony counts and the prospect of even longer imprisonment and greater fines.
Mr. Swartz’s case raises important questions about prosecutorial conduct:
First, on what basis did the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts conclude that her office’s conduct was “appropriate?” Did that office, or any office within the Department, conduct a review? If so, please identify that review and supply its contents.
Second, was the prosecution of Mr. Swartz in any way retaliation for his exercise of his rights as a citizen under the Freedom of Information Act? If so, I recommend that you refer the matter immediately to the Inspector General.
Third, what role, if any, did the Department’s prior investigations of Mr. Swartz play in the decision of with which crimes to charge him? Please explain the basis for your answer.
Fourth, why did the U.S. Attorney’s office file the superseding indictment?
Fifth, when the U.S. Attorney’s office drafted the indictment and the superseding indictment, what consideration was given to whether the counts charged and the associated penalties were proportional to Mr. Swartz’s alleged conduct and its impact upon victims?
Sixth, was it the intention of the U.S. Attorney and/or her subordinates to “make an example” of Mr. Swartz? Please explain.
Finally, the U.S. Attorney has blamed the “severe punishments authorized by Congress” for the apparent harshness of the charges Mr. Swartz faced. Does the Department of Justice give U.S. Attorneys discretion to charge defendants (or not charge them) with crimes consistent with their view of the gravity of the wrongdoing in a specific case?
I appreciate your prompt and thorough answers to these questions.
United States Senator
More at Huff post:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/18/john-cornyn-eric-holder-aaron-swartz_n_2505528.html
I respect that people are trying to understand, make meaning of and console their real sadness for the passing of Aaron.
I just wish that somewhere in the "Twitterverse" that people would simply include something like this suicide prevention hotline http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
While it is too late to have caught him in time, in the event that god-forbid someone else out there may be struggling in silence, just ............ be human.
That link has been posted many times in the twitterverse in regards to this tragedy.
Hope it has helped someone.
My pleasure- you are among good people: ) who just happen to be wise...sometimes.
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Aaron Swartz NYC Memorial Service | Sat, Jan 19 at 4:00 PM, Great Hall of Cooper Union, NYC | Open to all | http://aaronswnyc.eventbrite.com/ #YAN
Westboro Baptist Church Over Aaron Swartz Memorial
A spectacle of sex, God and hatred broke out in Times Square this afternoon. Dozens of protestors gathered to demonstrate against representatives of Westboro Baptist Church, who were in town, apparently, to protest a memorial honoring the Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Only two WBC protestors showed up, and were cordoned off in a six-by-six foot pen near the corner of 45th Street and Broadway, where they preached, we think, a message of God’s hatred, or something along those lines.
Members of the Anonymous faction Motherfuckery were among the counter-protestors, gathering in a cordon of their own and chanting phrases such as “Walrus, walrus” and “suck my dick” at the WBC protestors.
I believe that is Tim Phelps.
Tim and LeAnn Phelps
3743 S.W. 12th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66604
Tim’s work: 785-291-5100
Leann’s work: phone: 785-233-4162
PHELPS, TIMOTHY B.
Date of Kansas Admission
Business Mailing Address
Its Steve Drain
Unlike most members of the church, Stephen ("Steve") Drain is not related to the Phelps clan by blood or marriage and was not born into it. In the late 1990s, he made a documentary film, known variously as Hatemongers or Fred: The Movie, which involved extensive interactions with the Westboro church. Following the completion of the film, he and his family joined the church. Drain handles much of the multimedia for the church. This includes designing the protest signs, maintaining its website, and editing video for the website.
Drain looks like he may be Phelps' successor, judging by the video "Lying False Prophets Are To Blame" in which he is captioned as "Watchman", is wearing a suit and tie, and gives a very Fred-like rant.
Lawrence Lessig Responds to Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor
Internet guru and academic Lawrence Lessig wrote a new blog post, sharing his feelings a week after Aaron Swartz's death and addressing Swartz's prosecutor's statement.
"Why was he being charged with 13 felonies?" Lessig asked.
In an emotional post, Lessig confesses that he hasn't slept since finding out about his friend's death. "I have been frantically trying to explain, to connect, and to make sense of all of this," he wrote. And even though there have been smiles in the midst of these sad times, that hasn't been enough.
"But these smiles have been drowned by endless sadness, and even greater disappointment — and none more pronounced than the utterly profound disappointment in our government, Carmen Ortiz in particular," he wrote.
More at: http://mashable.com/2013/01/18/lessig-responds-to-aaron-swartz-prosecutor/
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You are Beautiful beyond belief
That is so fucked up on so many levels ... LMFAO .. Brilliant!
Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime? - ProPublica
By Christie Thompson
When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide last Friday, he was facing up to 13 felony counts, 50 years in prison, and millions of dollars in fines. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from the digital archive JSTOR.
Prosecutors allege that Swartz downloaded the articles because he intended to distribute them for free online, though Swartz was arrested before any articles were made public. He had often spoken publicly about the importance of making academic research freely available.
Other online activists have increasingly turned to computer networks and other technology as a means of political protest, deploying a range of tactics — from temporarily shutting down servers to disclosing personal and corporate information.
Most of these acts, including Swartz’s downloads, are criminalized under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), an act was designed to prosecute hackers. But as Swartz’s and other “hacktivist” cases demonstrate, you don’t necessarily have to be a hacker to be viewed as one under federal law. Are activists like Swartz committing civil disobedience, or online crimes? We break down a few strategies of “hacktivism” to see what is considered criminal under the CFAA.
More at www.propublica.org/article/hacktivism-civil-disobedience-or-cyber-crime
Wikileaks claims Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source, breaking anonymity | The Verge
Unsubstantiated statements implicate US Secret Service in Swartz's prosecution and break Wikileaks' own 'doxxing' rules
By Tim Carmody
Aaron Swartz died a week ago. A public memorial service in New York City will be held later today. You may have read much about Swartz's life in the interim, including his work at a young age on Reddit and the RSS specification, his political activism, and the overzealous prosecution that may have contributed to his suicide. But you probably haven't heard the story Wikileaks just outlined on its Twitter account. According to these tweets, Aaron Swartz had at one time aided Wikileaks in some indefinite way, had been in communication with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and may have acted as a source for the anonymous information-gathering organization.
The @Wikileaks Twitter account is one of two online outlets designated for official communication from Wikileaks; the other is its home page. Here are its tweets on the organization's involvement with Aaron Swartz:
Due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement with #AaronSwartz we have decided to disclose the following facts (1-3)— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2013
1. Aaron Swartz assisted WikiLeaks #aaronwartz (1/3)— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2013
2. Aaron Swartz was in communication with Julian Assange, including during 2010 and 2011— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2013
3. We have strong reasons to believe, but cannot prove, that Aaron Swartz was a WikiLeaks source. #aaronswartz— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 19, 2013
A caution: we can't say what this really means when it comes to Aaron Swartz. The aim of these tweets could be to imply that the US Attorney's Office and Secret Service targeted Swartz in order to get at Wikileaks, and that Swartz died still defending his contacts' anonymity. Taking that implied claim at face value would be irresponsible without more evidence.
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