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  •  and JSTOR declined to pursue any charges (11+ / 0-)

    and even requested that the government drop its investigation.

    However, MIT, to its eternal shame, waffled. There must be dozens of hacks done by students every day on campus, some of them harmful or disruptive. Nothing happens to the perpetrators and no one cares.

    What Swartz did wasn't even a hack, he had a guest password. No one was harmed. The only party who conceivably was damaged--JSTOR--declined to pursue it. And still they made a federal case out of it.

    How cruelly hypocritical that one of the great American technical universities should side with the powers that be rather than support someone fighting for an open Internet.

    A university should support the ideal of free access to information. They could have said the same thing that JSTOR did: no harm, no foul, let it go. Instead they did a Pontius Pilate, passed the buck and let the feds have a go at Swartz. Now they are scurrying to wash his blood from their hands.

    This has shown as clearly as can be that the institutions of higher education in America have become corrupt shells. They have betrayed the ideal of a university.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:46:58 PM PST

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