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  •  He was arrested by the feds 2 years ago (9+ / 0-)

    Do you have any idea what it's like to be the target of a federal investigation and prosecution effort by the DOJ for that length of time?

    I've not experienced it personally, but more than a few well known targets have buckled under the strain.  It would be a terrible experience, to live every day of your life for two years under pressure from the DOJ & FBI, media scrutiny, pressure on your family and friends.

    It doesn't seem fair to blame the victim for this one.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 08:37:18 PM PST

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    •  Not blaming the victim. (0+ / 0-)

      Quite the opposite. I'm trying to grant Aaron the agency that he had, rather than making him merely a victim in the service of a political narrative.

      He was an activist and a crusader with significant intellectual gifts. He took on a big opponents. At the same time, as befits a complex individual, he was also vulnerable, and he wrote about that vulnerability – physically, psychologically, temperamentally – rather obsessively.

      I feel like some of the people talking about him now really didn't read his writing much.

      'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

      by Maxwell on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 10:46:26 AM PST

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