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Aaron Swartz: Suicide or Murder?

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"(S)haring isn't immoral - it's a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy."

"Large corporations".are blinded by greed." Politicians are "bought off to back them." Legislation follows. It's immoral and unjust.

"There is no justice in following unjust laws. It's time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture."

Aaron advocated open access. He wanted information everyone has the right to know made public. Download them from scientific journals, he urged. Upload them to file sharing networks.

Make privatization of knowledge a thing of the past. He asked everyone to join him in a struggle for what's right. He did it because it matters.

He paid with his life. New York's medical examiner allegedly conducted an autopsy. He pronounced death by "hang(ing) himself in his Brooklyn apartment." 

A previous article said lingering suspicions remain. Why would someone with so much to give end it all this way? Why would he throw it away?

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Why was no private autopsy and forensic examination done? Why aren't questions raised about a potential coverup? Why isn't independently determined full disclosure demanded?

Prosecutors notoriously lie. Medical examiners help them. So do media scoundrels. 

Did Aaron take his own life or was he murdered? America has a dark history of eliminating noted figures it wants silenced.

Aaron perhaps is the latest. His death raises obvious suspicions. He appears a victim of capitalist greed. His open access advocacy had to be silenced. What better way than by making murder look like suicide.

Was he drugged and then hanged? Was eliminating him planned long ago? Was it done to avoid protracted headline-making trial proceedings? 

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Many of Aaron's global followers would have reported them daily. Doing so would have revealed prosecutorial injustice. Dark forces perhaps decided not to risk it.

Prosecutors hounded him. His attorney, Elliot Peters, accused them of doing it to gain publicity. They cooked up alleged computer crimes against him. 

They targeted his advocacy for what's right. They wanted him silenced. They wanted him put away for decades. They wanted him out of sight and mind. 

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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That's my vote.I did not know Arron Swartz and fra... by Tom James on Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 7:19:17 AM