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  •  The downside of justice being blind? (1+ / 0-)
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    eXtina

    I can certainly understand

    a concerted federal effort to crack down on anything remotely related to computer hacking and whistle blowing.
    given some of the hacking into government programs. Anonymous sure put the punctuation on that when they hacked the DoJ after Swartz's death.

    Richard Clarke was really concerned about cyber security in the US around 2000. 9/11 amped it up - he left the post he was in that day about a year later to start working cyber security. The BushCo shenanigans to interfere drove him out within a year or two. The hacking problem has never been controlled, even reductions are short lived. It is world wide in government, universities, and corps.

    So here the Feds took over a case initially addressed constructively by the state, and refused to differentiate Swartz's intent from the criminals who engage in identity, credit card and privacy theft? Sure seems like gov, corps and the banksters all had a stake in coming down hard on a hacker who had successfully led the SOPA victory. As the former judge who weighed in essentially pointed out, this was overkill to be able to wreck his life. That example sure showed the criminal hackers...don't be public about your work.  Eyes just about rolling out of the sockets there. Again, Anonymous blew the value of that to smithereens.

    Heard how criminal justice programs sometimes use people convicted of crimes to teach them how they operated? Gives them the ways and means to catch other criminals. I have some doubts whether Aaron would have been willing to help out the Feds, nor should it have been part of an admission of guilt, sentence, etc. The real kicker in this case is that what he did was absurdly simple, technically. As limpidglass points out from a SOPA angle, they were going after his activism, not the puny crime.

    The feds might have gotten on top of some of the hacking issues if they had tried that. I doubt it was just a matter of not thinking of it. That goal was not as important as stopping the hacking of government computers for activist causes. Anonymous may have inspired them with the report of hacking Ohio's voting computers to thwart Rove & Co from repeating the '04 vote change. Retribution for SOPA was the other side of this coin.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:18:17 AM PST

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