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Freedom Rider: The State Killing of Aaron Swartz

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It isn't clear if prosecutors went after Swartz because of the usual desire for self-promotion and career aggrandizement or something more sinister. In December 2010 Swartz made a Freedom of Information Act request for information on the treatment of Bradley Manning . After the M.I.T. incident, it is possible that the feds decided to make an example of Swartz , just as they had made of Manning when he decided to tell the world about the horrors America had visited upon Iraq.

Had Swartz taken his chances with law enforcement he would not have gotten the attention he deserved. It is quite awful that only in death was he able to reveal the depth of corruption among people sworn to uphold the law and the constitution.

Aaron Swartz's death is a terrible loss to the world and the people who caused it ought to be punished with the same zeal that they meted out to others. Of course we know that will not happen. Ortiz, Heymann and company may be temporarily inconvenienced, but the system is built to protect those criminals and allow them to do the dirty work of the powerful for as long as they like.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com .

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I think this may be another killing of a good pers... by Patricia Gray on Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 3:26:25 PM
Reposted from OpEd News-by By Jackson Thoreau... by Deborah Dills on Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 9:37:15 PM
official cause of death, like a thorough journalis... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 5:07:00 PM
So very sad to have lost him. Hopefully this incid... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 11:02:00 PM
Seems to be much more guilty than the public recog... by BFalcon on Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:04:25 AM
MIT has been part of the MIC in a big way since, a... by Richard Pietrasz on Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:29:06 PM
The greatest intellectual property theft, in terms... by Richard Pietrasz on Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:50:25 PM
I don't think that there is any legal principle or... by BFalcon on Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 12:55:48 PM
The legal protection is built into the system.&nbs... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 3:10:45 PM
If one judge is successfully sued for malpractice ... by BFalcon on Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 5:54:22 PM
A judge in PA was sent to prison for feeding his b... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 12:37:39 AM
And not only that kind of abuse.Judge Thomas shoul... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 7:52:11 AM