Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz’s heartbroken dad yesterday blamed the US government for his son’s suicide in an emotional eulogy at the young man’s funeral. “Aaron did not commit suicide — he was killed by the government. And [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] betrayed all its basic principles” in helping the feds, said grieving dad Robert Swartz to 200 mourners packing Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill. “Aaron did something that wasn’t illegal and was destroyed by it,’’ Robert added. “He could have done so much more.” Aaron, 26, hanged himself Friday in his Brooklyn apartment amid charges
He´s got a point. The kid was hounded and threatened with 30+ years in prison for downloading a bunch of journal articles from MIT. Well, I hope they´re all happy now, the prosecutors and the nimrods at MIT. What a crying shame.
I totally disagree with #2. FTA: "Assistant US Attorney Steve Heymann in Boston was leading the probe. It was revealed yesterday that he also was the prosecutor pushing the 2008 hacking case against Jonathan James, 24, who wound up committing suicide, too."
I always think that suicide is about a choice. Many have had horrible pressures but it truly is sad that he chose despair.
In the meantime, my understanding is that Mr. Shartz was lifting information off MIT servers that were behind a paywall. He thought this information should be for free & yes, the info was for the most part public domain but others had compiled it using scanners, re-cataloged it and created a useful, more efficient product/service for others. This does have value, but Mr. Swartz decided it didn´t. I can´t decide if he was more from the Free Stuff crowd or OWS - but I do think he did not recognize Property Rights.
I think the government´s threats were out of proportion, but I would guess that Mr. Swartz with $$ to spend on great lawyers would have had his day in court.
The guy had a history of depression and threatened suicide in the past. This isn´t an uncommon outcome for very bright children that aren´t allowed to be children. If anyone is to blame, it´s his family for not getting him the help he needed.
Let´s not forget the fact that he knowingly broke the law and flaunted it publicly. He had no one to blame for his arrest and trial but himself. He wasn´t targeted; he was stupid enough to brag about his great ´´skills.´´
#3, you do realize most of that originates overseas where the US has no judicial authority, don´t you?
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That´s the question Micah Zenko poses at Foreign Policy. It´s partly a rhetorical question meant to highlight a perceived double standard in how Israel´s nuclear program is treated differently from Iran´s--a double standard that isn´t really one at all, since Israel is a democratic country and not a party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty in any case. But it´s also a practical question, because of the low probability that normal air strikes would be enough to destroy Iran´s dispersed, secretive, and largely buried nuclear facilities. The short answer is: probably not. Only a small percentage of the Israeli public would favor such
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