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    speculation, but that's exactly where my intuition goes -- make an example of him.

    Cyberterrorism is all the rage in our government and in our Dept. of Defense.  Money and contracts are flying toward it.  

    We've got what looks to me like almost a paranoia in our government about this subject, and a paranoia about uprising of citizens, protesters, both online and off.  Una makes a really good point about SOPA/PIPA. It's like the zombie legislation that never dies.  They keep bringing it back in different forms.  

    We've got an intensely secretive government and people who would uncover and disclose things, whistleblowers, hackers -- they are considered the enemy.  They seem to be just as intense in their targeting of such people as they are with terrorists.  Secrecy is an essential for our government to continue operating in the manner that it has been operating.  

    Look at the militarization of our local law enforcement agencies and the classification of peaceful protesters as terrorists.  

    Look at the obsession with surveillance -- domestic surveillance.  

    It's widely known that the internet, social media, are used for organization by the little guys against the obscenely powerful state.  Guys like Aaron were innovators who would always be creating new tools in the area of freedom of speech, sharing of information, etc.  

    It's hard not to connect dots and wonder if he was being made an example of. After all, MIT had asked the government to drop the charges.  He was a dissident and dissidents throughout our history or at least at certain eras in our history have been considered as enemies.  And this is one of those eras.  


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 08:01:50 PM PST

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    •  yes, intensely secretive government (2+ / 0-)
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      Una makes a really good point about SOPA/PIPA. It's like the zombie legislation that never dies.  They keep bringing it back in different forms.  

      We've got an intensely secretive government and people who would uncover and disclose things, whistleblowers, hackers -- they are considered the enemy.

      The boss needs you, you don't need him. -- France general strike, May 1968

      by stargaze on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 09:03:36 AM PST

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