Aaron Swartz, a true internet hero, an heros

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    Citizens of the world,
    Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.

    We have been watching, and waiting.
    Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.
    Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is not to play.
    Last year the Federal Bureau of Investigation revelled in porcine glee at its successful infiltration of certain elements of Anonymous. This infiltration was achieved through the use of the *same tactics which lead to Aaron Swartz’ death. It would not have been possible were it not for the power of federal prosecutors to thoroughly destroy the lives of any hacktivists they apprehend through the very real threat of highly disproportionate sentencing.
    As a result of the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment tactics, several more of our brethren now face similar disproportionate persecution, the balance of their lives hanging on the severely skewed scales of a broken justice system.
    We have felt within our hearts a burning rage in reaction to these events, but we have not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a foolish and premature response. We have bidden our time, operating in the shadows, adapting our tactics and honing our abilities. We have allowed the FBI and its masters in government — both the puppet and the shadow government that controls it — to believe they had struck a crippling blow to our infrastructure, that they had demoralized us, paralyzed us with paranoia and fear. We have held our tongue and waited.
    With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of infiltration. The time has come to give this system a taste of its own medicine. The time has come for them to feel the helplessness and fear that comes with being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.
    This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments. This website was also chosen due to the nature of its visitors. It is far from the only government asset we control, and we have exercised such control for quite some time…
    There has been a lot of fuss recently in the technological media regarding such operations as Red October, the widespread use of vulnerable browsers and the availability of zero-day exploits for these browsers and their plugins. None of this comes of course as any surprise to us, but it is perhaps good that those within the information security industry are making the extent of these threats more widely understood.
    Still there is nothing quite as educational as a well-conducted demonstration…
    Through this websites and various others that will remain unnamed, we have been conducting our own infiltration. We did not restrict ourselves like the FBI to one high-profile compromise. We are far more ambitious, and far more capable. Over the last two weeks we have wound down this operation, removed all traces of leakware from the compromised systems, and taken down the injection apparatus used to detect and exploit vulnerable machines.
    We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun…
    Full transcript at link and currently available on cached version of US Sentencing Commission website.
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    On leadership and remembering Aaron

    Articles, tributes and links to other things you might want to read about Aaron.
    1. MIT Tech news: What did Aaron actually get in trouble for doing anyhow?
    2. Alex Stamos, to be Aaron’s expert witness: The truth about Aaron’s “crime”
    3. Library Journal Article: Did Aaron have anything to do with JSTORs decision to make some of their public domain documents available?
    4. Bibliographic wilderness: We should be taking more steps to ensure access the way Aaron did.
    5. Lawrence Lessig: Aaron was bullied by the legal system.
    6. Memorial website including a statement from his family and girlfriend.
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    Please go liberate a public domain document and leave a wish or a thought in Aaron’s memory.
    Welcome to the Aaron Swartz
    Memorial JSTOR Liberator.

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    Speaking up for Swartz

    Hub protesters slam Ortiz, urge change


    Some members of the shadowy band of online vigilantes known as Anonymous are urging backers to come forward and push for legislation they say would have barred U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s prosecution of Internet whiz Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month.

    “Aaron touched a lot of people who knew him and knew of his work,” Gregg Housh said at a protest yesterday outside Boston’s federal courthouse that drew more than three dozen supporters. “We need to ride this wave and get this passed because we might not have another chance. Sometimes you have to go through the system to get these changes.”

    The campaign to support so-called Aaron’s Law — which would scale back prosecution for breaking website user agreements — is the group’s first large-scale effort to pass legislation within a system some in Anonymous have long railed against.

    While many Hub protestors wore the Guy Fawkes masks common at Anonymous demonstrations, a posting on Anonymous’ Web page discouraged activists at a Washington, D.C., rally from covering their faces.

    “Stay professional — This is a mature and serious protest. We need the Department of Justice to take us seriously, in order to move forwards. Don’t offend them,” said the post.

    At the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in South Boston, masked protesters held “Shame on U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz” signs.

    Ortiz has come under fire for her tough stance against the 26-year-old Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines. The case has sparked an uproar nationwide and calls for 
Ortiz to step down.

    “They knew he was suicidal,” said one masked protestor — a Web designer who refused to give her name. “They knew how close he was to that cliff and they shoved him over. It’s bullying.”

    Another protester said the group would next mobilize supporters on social media to call lawmakers about the bill, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Jared Polis 
(D-Colo.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)

    “We want to celebrate (Swartz’s) life and work,” said the protester, who refused to give her name. “There’s a lot of people who support this cause.”

    Ortiz — who fought back tears at a press conference last week and said she was “terribly upset” about the tragedy — has insisted her office never intended to throw the book at Swartz.

    Her statement yesterday restated those sentiments: “I am deeply sympathetic to them for their loss and I 
respect their right to express their views.”
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    Here's their press release.

    Does this read like someone who doesn't "intend to throw the book at" someone?

    More at the link.
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    Mod edit: Pastebin link to dox removed.
    Oh dear
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    Dedicated and committed Anons on the Front Line - Absolutely Brilliant! Aaron would have been so proud of each and every one of you.

    Boston Anons


    Washington Anons


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    Ortiz continues abusive prosecution’re_not_done_yet

    Ortiz to motel owner: We’re not done yet
    January 27, 2013
    Erin Smith / Boston Herald

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    The internet is still learning how to be more powerful than the government.

    But it probably is.

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    That's Fucking AWESOME!
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    The American People shouldn't rest until the executives behind the market crash and and all relevant parties at HSBC get the exact same treatment that Aaron Schwartz got.
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  23. China is a good example atm.
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    2013-0079.pdf Aaron Swartz: Government Secrecy in Net Age

    In 1966, the U.S. Congress passed the landmark Freedom of Informa- tion Act (FOIA), giving the public the right to government documents. This “right to know” has been used over four decades to challenge overreaching Presidents and secretive government agencies. FOIA has also become a model for other nations, spawning similar laws in sixty other countries. Nonetheless, the struggle for openness is far from over. This book describes the tactics that politicians and bureau- crats around the world have used to preserve government secrecy. It explains how profound changes in the structure of government – privatization of public services, the rise of powerful international organizations, the growth of tightly knit networks of security agencies – are complicating campaigns for openness. The complex effects of new information technologies – sometimes enhancing open- ness, sometimes creating new barriers to transparency – are also described.
    Blacked Out provides an invaluable overview of the chal- lenges confronting the new global movement for open government.
    Alasdair Roberts is an associate professor of public administration in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is also Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Constitution Unit, University College London. He received a law degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. His research focuses on two areas: public sector restructuring and transparency in government. His web address is
    Our country has forgotten how to keep a secret.
    Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2004
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    Almost same here:
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    Aaron Swartz Case Draws Letter To Eric Holder From Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings

    Posted: 01/28/2013 7:36 pm EST | Updated: 01/28/2013 9:41 pm EST
    WASHINGTON -- The top Republican and top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee sent a joint letter late Monday to Attorney General Eric Holder posing pointed questions about the prosecution of Internet pioneer and political activist Aaron Swartz.
    SNA Department of Justice spokesman wasn't available to comment.
    The questions from the letter read:
    1. What factors influenced the decision to prosecute Mr. Swartz for the crimes alleged in the indictment, including the decisions regarding what crimes to charge and the filing of the superseding indictment?

    2. Was Mr. Swartz's opposition to SOPA or his association with any advocacy groups considered?
    3. What specific plea offers were made to Mr. Swartz, and what factors influenced the decisions by prosecutors regarding plea offers made to Mr. Swartz?
    4. How did the criminal charges, penalties sought, and plea offers in this case compare to those of other cases that have been prosecuted or considered for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?
    5. Did the federal investigation of Mr. Swartz reveal evidence that he had committed other hacking violations?
    6. What factors influences the Department's decisions regarding sentencing proposals?
    7. Why was a superseding indictment necessary?

    A host of Internet freedom activists and progressive political groups are pressing for legislative reforms in the aftermath of Swartz's suicide, and the House Oversight Committee's investigation will likely be used to generate specific policy recommendations and political pressure for action.

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    For Great Justice:

    Activists Flood Government Agencies With FOIA Requests in Tribute to Aaron Swartz

    In honor of the transparency fights that coder and internet activist Aaron Swartz led while alive, an online records processing service has submitted more than 100 public records requests on behalf of members of the public.
    Muckrock, a site that processes public records requests for a fee on behalf of journalists, lawyers, activists and others, decided to waive its fee (generally $20 for five requests) last week and offer to submit federal Freedom of Information Act requests for free to honor Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month.
    The site received 153 requests during the week the offer was open. About 35 of those were Privacy Act requests, submitted by people who wanted to obtain files and records pertaining to themselves that are held by the FBI and other federal agencies. But there were also records requests for documents pertaining to the Tar Sands Blockade, to the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison and to the Occupy protests. With regard to Privacy Act requests, the site didn’t submit them, but advised those who wanted to submit them how to do so.
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    Do it.
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    So who/what to do foia request? Names? Issues? I need some. Derail/
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    You tube vid which is awesome. From the channel of (I think) Oplast resort.
    Comp of Aaron and a message.

    Loves to you Aaron.
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    Many gave some, some gave all, Oplast resort is our primal scream.
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    Awesome coverage - thanks for posting it
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    February 10, 2013
    Memorials for Aaron Swartz Turn to Discussion of How to Honor His Legacy

    Noah Berger, Reuters, Newscom
    Aaron H. Swartz faced a criminal trial that could have landed him in prison for three decades. The young computer programmer and open-access crusader committed suicide last month.
    By Jake New
    An event held in a Congressional office building last week to honor Aaron H. Swartz, the young computer programmer and open-access advocate who committed suicide last month, was as much a rally calling for change in the U.S. justice system as a memorial service.
    The gathering had the respectful air of a memorial, with light classical music playing as people took their seats and images of Mr. Swartz lit up a small projection screen. The audience was hushed.
    Until the yelling started.
    The service, one of several throughout the country since Mr. Swartz's death, was held in the Cannon Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. It's the same space in which the House Un-American Activities Committee held its most publicized hearings.
    Ben Szoka, leader of the advocacy group TechFreedom, had just stepped up to the podium. He, like other speakers, called on Congress to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which prescribes the harsh penalties that some people close to Mr. Swartz believe drove him to suicide.
    But while other speakers praised Mr. Swartz without question, Mr. Szoka said he did not condone the crimes Mr. Swartz had allegedly committed by breaking into a computer-wiring closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and downloading millions of scholarly articles from the nonprofit journal archive JSTOR.
    The crowd reacted with hostility. "Access for everyone!" people began yelling. "Information wants to be free!"
    It was a tense moment that passed only when Mr. Swartz's partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, stood and called for silence.
    Mr. Szoka continued, calling Mr. Swartz a victim, not an open-access martyr. But a simmering anger from both the crowd and Mr. Szoka, punctuated by nervous laughter, remained.
    At memorials for Mr. Swartz and across the Internet, there has been much discussion about some kind of movement to honor the activist's legacy. But there may not yet be an agreement as to what such a movement, or Mr. Swartz's legacy, will be.
    From link above...nice post anon. More at link. Personally, every time I see articles like this, I am a little more happy. Sometimes good people die, but not in vain.
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