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  •  There was also the FBI and Secret Service (5+ / 0-)

    pressure.

    Now that the government has dropped the charges against him posthumously, I am hoping his attorneys will release all of the pleadings and documents related to his case. It's time to have an honest conversation about this notion of "homeland security", who exactly is being protected (besides banks, of course), and how it can come to pass that the full force of the FBI and Secret Service came down on the head of a smart, passionate person who simply wanted to publish academic papers for everyone to access.
    Why Was the Secret Service Involved in Aaron Swartz Case?
    I'm not disagreeing with your fundamental point that suicidal depression functions, to some degree, independently of rational motive; but there was more than simply an "overzealous prosecution".

    He had also suffered a long, exhausting and tremendously expensive SOPA battle.

    Despair over the gap between his passion and sense of justice and the likelihood of achieving that in this world, against the incredible forces of the government and the vested interests, in fact, does make a certain "sense" to those sensitive to such angles of vision.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:21:03 AM PST

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