Prominent American blogger and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who spoke against US President Barack Obama’s “kill list” and cyber attacks against Iran, has been found dead in New York.
Last year, Swartz openly criticized the US and the Israeli regime for launching joint cyber attacks against Iran. The blogger was also vocal in criticizing Obama’s so-called kill list and other policies.
Swartz was also widely credited for co-authoring the specifications for the Web feed format RSS 1.0 (Rich Site Summary) which he worked on at age 14. RSS is designed to deliver content from sites that change constantly, such as news pages, to users. Swartz was critical of monopoly of information by corporate cartels and believed that information should be shared and available for the benefit of society. “Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves,” he wrote in an online “manifesto” in 2008.
Based on that belief, the computer prodigy founded the nonprofit group DemandProgress. The group launched a successful campaign to block a 2011 bill that the US House of Representatives called the Stop Online Piracy Act. Had it been approved, the bill would have allowed court orders to restrain access to some websites considered to be involved in illegal sharing of intellectual property. DemandProgress argued that the thwarted Stop Online Piracy Act would have broadly authorized the US government to censor and restrict legitimate Web communication.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Point being, to be killed in such a way..within the U.S. borders no less...that would basically end careers if not have the potential to bring down a Government if it went badly enough? He'd basically have needed the goods on who killed Kennedy with a notarized confession, IMO.
Swartz's family and partner recalled his "commitment to social justice," and called his death "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach." They criticized U.S. prosecutors for seeking "an exceptionally harsh array of charges (for) an alleged crime that had no victims," and MIT because it did not "stand up for Aaron."
"Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death," they said.
Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts US Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.
Originally posted by Pladuim
I wonder if the NDAA has anything to do with that list. Coincidence just isn't a word that comes to mind for me.
Originally posted by SMOKINGGUN2012
reply to post by queenofswords
You mean this?