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Sunday January 13, 2013

The death of Aaron Swartz should reinforce our demand for answers in the treatment of Jeremy Hammond
When we’ve finished grieving the loss of Aaron Swartz, it would serve us well to look at his treatment by the Department of Justice and the outrageous sentence they threatened him with.  We need to look at that tragic example, and keep it in mind when considering that Aaron was only one of many people besieged by this government’s war on whistleblowers, activists, and hacktivists.
We are now a nation that tortures whistleblowers, uses SWAT teams to kick in nonviolent teenage hackers’ doors, threatens young activists with decades in jail, and keeps internet activists in jail without bail.
An ongoing example of this lies with Jeremy Hammond - kept in jail for almost a year now without bail or trial.  He faces a life sentence for a nonviolent crime.  But only after he’s tried by a judge with connections to the alleged victims.
Have we always been this corrupt?  Have we always been this draconian?  Was it just buried beneath decades of capitalistic success and materialistic distraction?
If so, is it too late to change our course?

The death of Aaron Swartz should reinforce our demand for answers in the treatment of Jeremy Hammond

When we’ve finished grieving the loss of Aaron Swartz, it would serve us well to look at his treatment by the Department of Justice and the outrageous sentence they threatened him with.  We need to look at that tragic example, and keep it in mind when considering that Aaron was only one of many people besieged by this government’s war on whistleblowers, activists, and hacktivists.

We are now a nation that tortures whistleblowers, uses SWAT teams to kick in nonviolent teenage hackers’ doors, threatens young activists with decades in jail, and keeps internet activists in jail without bail.

An ongoing example of this lies with Jeremy Hammond - kept in jail for almost a year now without bail or trial.  He faces a life sentence for a nonviolent crime.  But only after he’s tried by a judge with connections to the alleged victims.

Have we always been this corrupt?  Have we always been this draconian?  Was it just buried beneath decades of capitalistic success and materialistic distraction?

If so, is it too late to change our course?

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