Aaron Swartz First Hacktivist Martyred
Posted on January 12, 2013 by Akashma Online News
UPDATED:Aaron Swartz’s supporters will be remembering Aaron’s 30-year birthday Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 in San Francisco, Calif. in a two-day lectures, workshops and reception.
Aaron Swartz was not criminal, he was not a hacker, Aaron was an intellectual, a young social activist looking for balance in our society.
Co-founder of Reddit Aaron Swartz found dead 😦 😥
Aaron Swartz Indicted For Hacking JSTOR.-
Tragic that the imminent end of life rotten in a federal prison pushed this young intellectual to take his life.
Aaron Swartz, the internet activist who wrote key parts of early RSS code, helped establish Reddit, opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act, and pushed hard for open access to information like U.S. case law and academic journals. Information that should be freely available to the public.
Last year Aaron Swartz the internet hacktivist was indicted for charges of wire fraud, computer fraud, data theft and property damage, Today Aaron Swartz is death. Found death in his apartment on apparently suicide.
A spokeswoman for New York’s Medical Examiner says 26-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was found Friday.
Swartz’s death was confirmed by his attorney, Elliot Peters, in an email to MIT’s The Tech newspaper.
“The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” Peters wrote.
Before you go any further on the indictment charge of our young bright Aaron Swartz, you need to learn about his alleged crime.
25-year-old Swartz, who is best known as co-author of the initial RSS specification, allegedly broke into a computer closet at MIT, accessed MIT’s network connected to JSTOR and downloaded “a major portion of JSTOR’s archive” without authorization, and distributed the acquired content through file sharing networks.
These are are words used in the indictment of Aaron, but this could have been proven wrong by an IT specialist that had cracked the most difficult cases in the IT industry. Alex Stamos is the CTO of Artemis Internet, he was the defense witness in Aaron Swartz case. Please take a minute to read his post “The truth about Aaron Swartz’s Crime”.
Aaron Swartz, was web pioneer who advocated for free online content. This more than suicide it is a crime delivered directly from the the Justice Department in their attempts to keep the profits soaring for the Corporate Gangsters.
Demand Progress, a website for which Swartz previously served as Executive Director, set up a web page and petition in support of Swartz, indicating that the indictment came with surprise and questioning a legal strategy that makes downloading “so many journal articles” a felony that should be punished with jail time. Demand Progress also noted that “the alleged victim has settles any claims against Aaron, explained they’ve suffered no loss or damage, and asked the government not to prosecute.” Toms Guide
Swartz himself reached out to his Twitter followers and thanked for their support via tweets. Demand Progress’ current Executive Director David Segal said that “Aaron’s career has focused on serving the public interest by promoting ethics, open government, and democratic politics. We hope to soon see him cleared of these bizarre charges.”
It is outrageous to think that the life of a young person be wasted this way. The Justice Department should respond for this crime.
It is not that we do not have enough with the trampling of our rights as a citizens, now we are facing greater threats to our physical integrity, when Law Thugs like District Attorneys base their career creating crimes with the pen.
35 years in prison for distributing old academic journals/papers? I can’t imagine a non-profit like JSTOR going after someone with the fury of the entertainment industry. If anything they should see the writing on the wall; most journals are required to move towards open access. According to JSTOR they did not want to press charges, but the Federal Government went full blown against this 25 year old internet activist, and was facing 50 years in Jail and more than 1,000,000 in fines. What a ridicule and out of proportion judgment, when we have Real criminals directing our life.
Most of our politicians are hacking each other, they have the best technology money can buy and they get away with it.
Last year, Swartz openly criticized the US and the Israeli regime for launching joint cyber attacks against Iran. The blogger was also vocal in criticizing Obama’s so-called kill list and other policies. Obama has been reportedly approving the names put on the “kill lists” used in the targeted killing operations carried out by US assassination drones.
Every week or so, more than 100 members of the US national security team gather via secure video teleconference run by the Pentagon and go over the biographies of suspects in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, and “nominate” those who should be targeted in the attacks.
Obama is then provided with the identities of those put on the “kill list” and signs off on every strike in Yemen and Somalia as well as the risky strikes in Pakistan.
Swartz was critical of monopoly of information by corporate cartels and believed that information should be shared and available for the benefit of society.
“Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves,” he wrote in an online “manifesto” in 2008.
Some DA at the United States Attorney’s Office was trying to get herself a promotion and killed this amazing young man in the process. Justice is backward, law enforcement is covering the real criminals. There are real crimes out there, this is not one of them.
“I’m so sick of living in a world without compassion and understanding. The laws on the books don’t automatically force prosecution and saying ‘its just my job’ is a justification that has never worked in history. In fact, those who claim this are often the worst of us, and by far. I’m sick of the monied interests having so much power and controlling our fates. From the office of the President down to the lowliest street beggar – money rules. Money become the evil that control our everyday lives. Copyright, IP, patents aren’t more important than my freedom or my ability to educate myself and others. This is an attack on my basic right to speak!
I’m so angry right now. The world only produces a few thousand Aaron Swartz’s a generation. Instead of us building a system to enable and empower people like him, we build systems by old men to protect the assets of old men while pissing on young men. They are destroying the boomer generation, you’ve become traitors to the American dream and to basic American freedom. The systems they build enable DAs and money men to toss the people who try to do better in this life in jail.” Internet Forums
The family of Aaron Swartz and the internet community are demanding the Federal Prosecutor to be charge with the murder of Aaron. The unjustifiable thread of excessive charges brought our young activist to depression and ultimately to his death. The office of the Federal Prosecutor unable to stop the chains of hacking events in the internet and DDS attacks prompted them to look for scapegoats. Aaron’s death demand justice.
I hope Anonymous and others hacktivists show a lesson to the Corporate Scam of the world, and their prostitutes. This is a crime against our youth. This is not how our youth deserve to be treated.
Aaron Swartz was a truly beautiful person. The world is unquestionably dimmer without him. RIP Aaron, you will be missed and remembered. The more since condolences to his family and friends.