AARON SWARTZ AND THE NATIONS PREDATORY PROSECUTORS
All over this country there are people prosecuted daily by predators in legal garb, names no one has heard of and faces no one has seen - from the ages of tender childhood to young adult. It happens when the so-called rule of law shows its true face as the law of rule. Then suddenly in its prosecution zeal which is never really sated, it steps into the light and is seen for what it is - it is seen for what is really transpiring in this country, and the people who have been slumbering suddenly awaken too late because another life is gone.
It is no defense to say that a person has a weak skull in their defense when they smash in someones head with a hammer, they are still guilty of murder. So we don't want to hear a discussion about depression, or of some mental condition of the victim while legal violence is wrongly unleashed against the victim. Now it is in the headlines, and what has happened in this case with Aaron Swartz is just the latest case of what has happened repeatedly in the criminal "justice" system. The dragnet is broadening, I told you about this repeatedly in this blog - are your children next?
Now Aaron has become a martyr for freedom, pushed to the edge of the precipice and arbitrarily shoved by a system that wants points, one that feels that it can do what it likes with impunity - he is indeed one of many, but now he lies broken in the public light for everyone to see. As a system feverishly builds more prisons, ostensibly throws the "book" (ever growing larger) at a few who speak out for freedom (especially if it is politically motivated), and mostly the poor and the weak, for the favor of a moneyed elite who wants to own everything and swallow every public commons to engorge themselves.
Let me tell you whats done by these prosecutors, they try to wipe out anything good from the persons life - there is just the "offense," and they try to turn individuals, like Aaron into a monster deserving a stiff prison sentence. The offense mutates, and the definitions change like the colors of a chameleon. Forget about any good they have done in their life, none of that matters - they have to elaborate on the defined heinous offense. So a fight, as an example - makes a person a mass murderer, a lie becomes a massive conspiracy, and an act of liberation becomes a form of terrorism (which they can pronounce at any time, they just have to say it). They can twist any "evidence" (like in Aaron's case, just walking out of MIT), or protesting in public becomes worthy of jail time. They add weight to each supposed infraction, and each one becomes a felony charge, until they have you for "life" (50 years in Aaron's case), and they make sure they wreck you financially with harassment - they do this in THOUSANDS of cases, gone wild wielding crushing power with impunity. The reason Ortiz would say the departments actions were "appropriate-reasonable," is that she is quoting precedent - and that because these methodologies have been used on untold numbers of the accused - not merely in this realm, but throughout the gamut of judicial jurisdiction at all levels!
It carries on, and the people are oblivious to it until it is their turn to face the predatory prosecution and then they are startled by the lies and corruption - the bending of truth to get the verdict at ANY cost. So here is what happened to Aaron, but do not fool yourself, it is just a small part of the story - there are people languishing inside the prison industrial complex while in some instances publicly owned institutions cling to them so they can live off their pound of flesh and in the private for profit the value goes up in the stock market. The so-called judicial system and the prisons are filled with people who are snatched by prosecution overreach. If they can do it to Aaron, they can do it to anyone. What are you going to do about it?
* HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE PETITION SITE, WHICH SUCCINCTLY WRAPS UP THE HIT JOB DONE ON AARON SWARTZ:
"we petition the obama administration to:
Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but the who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a ruinous trial, life in prison and the ignominy and shame of being a convicted felon; for an alleged crime that the supposed victims did not wish to prosecute.
A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path.
I do not say this disrespectfully, but now the body of our dear Aaron rests on the top of the pile of those (untold numbers of the weak, the poor and people of color) destroyed by this prejudicial and predatory judicial system. Yet the saddest fact about this entire tragedy is that some will go on thinking this is an isolated incident - when in fact it is a systemic norm, but many won't believe this until they or their loved ones are the victim.
THE RULE OF LAW IS REALLY THE LAW OF RULE, THE LAW IS THE LIE - THE LAW IS THE LIE SUM OF US
Julian Assange languishs in limbo in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for common freedom of the press, Bradley Manning has gone through days and days of torture for exposing the truth regarding the lawless mass murdering that took place in Iraq that the US committed (and continues to do so throughout the world), Leonard Peltier rots as an innocent political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal's footsteps echo in the pit of death row - and people are swept wholesale systemically into a penal system which has little to no accountability.
* Let me clarify something for you, regarding the smug Twitter retort made about a "6 month prison sentence" turned down by Aaron Swartz. First, it would have been the admission of guilt, with the felony wrap, what does this mean? Felons not only carry with them a penal stigma (not to mention the danger in prison, especially this prison industrial complex in the USA), but there are other attachments that I am willing to bet were in the offing if the forced plea bargain was entered to avoid the trumped up charges - restriction of internet activity (which is foisted on many pronounced felons regardless of whether the internet is involved or not - killing their employment prospects which many jobs involve, and really meant to trap them in the system so that they become part of the recidivism rate through violation).
Always having to look over his shoulder for any infraction which would put him back in prison and effectively hampering if not destroying his life of activism. Also involved was probably a prohibition of ever protesting via the internet in any similar fashion (did you forget Aaron's leadership role in SOPA? Apparently they did not) or, to stay away from ever doing anything significantly questionable - in the prosecutions or justice systems view, which could have been any type of activity. So do not let them fool you with the "6 month" nonsense, it is never as simple as that, and in many instances becomes virtually intolerable to the pronounced felon (it is the never ending six months). Just in case you did not know.
"Andy Good, Swartz's initial lawyer, told columnist Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe, "The thing that galls me is that I told Heymann the kid was a suicide risk, his reaction was a standard reaction in that office, not unique to Steve. He said, 'Fine, we'll lock him up.' I'm not saying they made Aaron kill himself. Aaron might have done this anyway. I'm saying they were aware of the risk, and they were heedless.""
"Over all, there are now more people under "correctional supervison" in America more than "Six Million" than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height."
THE TORMENTORS - BY PHILIP GUSTON
I hope I have informed you in some small way, and now this information is a form of warning. Everything that we have allowed to go on in this country, and some have participated in is coming back to us. So the colonialism, neocolonialism, the slavery, the racism is going to start to feed on people who think they were privileged (after all the USA began as a colonial settler state, and old habits die hard) and all of this for the "profit" of the few made upon the many. It has walked right into the academic community and struck a blow, against those who have supported this terrible system to this point - who made it possible for it to survive, giving it a form of respectability, so it could wash its bloody hands by their support. This is your warning shot over the bow. Now it is time to strike out against this entity, to stop it dead in its tracks, and help the world to awaken from this systemic nightmare.
The laws are changing, they are mutating, so that there is what is defined as more crime coming, it grows as we speak - but its not more crime (definitions change according to the whim of those who think they rule us and want dominance - there was not one "illegal" order given under Hitler's Reich), it is people waking up and trying to halt this system like Aaron Swartz did. They are going to try to feed off your sons and daughters, and throw them into the prison industrial complex through a myriad of definitions (in a multitude of areas). They are destroying your land with toxic pollution just like they have laid waste to foreign lands for their resources, for profits - fracking you to death! They are putting the shackles on you just like they did to the African slaves and are selling you into bondage - you are slowly decaying in debt penury, while they give trillions from the people pledging your blood, sweat and tears with no recompense or even adequate remuneration to an elite few (there is even still debtors prisons in over 30% of the states, no it has not disappeared it has mutated and grown "sophisticated"). So I hope you join me in this resistance, and we have to do double time for those we have allowed this system to devour and stop their destruction - there is no time for the lies that have divided us in the past (race, religion, class, etc. - their divide and conquer tools), and then save ourselves. So do not be shocked by the result of having the highest prison population and penal detention of various sorts in the industrialized world. The only thing that is going to stop this systemic onslaught is ALL the people united, no divisions allowed, and the hour is getting late - we should have begun this long ago.
Let me give you a warning about the legislators, they are going to try to isolate the changing of law in this area - contain it, so it does not spread to examining other areas of legal abuse. While this area needs to be changed, it is not just an abuse in an isolated area of internet freedom - online restraints - "authorization" rules and penalties, but commons - it is systemic abuse throughout all areas of legal concern (what is deemed "illegal," with consequent mandatory sentencing, excessive penalties, prison for anything, etc.), the disease is in the head not in the little finger. So watch out for the containment, dealing with this area of the house (so to speak) when the whole house is on fire.
The second matter I would like to bring to your attention is that we are not only just not dealing with one segment merely prosecutors, or legislators, or one area of the so-called "law," we are dealing with the entire framework of the law. In many if not all areas of criminal law there is overkill - massive penalties, everything is completely out of proportion and the remedies are not meant for any type of rehabilitation but for punishment period. You can see this in many areas - look at drug related law, it does nothing but throw individuals back in prison which causes them more harm, and one might be a first time offender but the game is over - there is no second game. It is not a small area of law, nor just the prosecutors, it is the entire punitive panopticon!
Hell, we even throw our mentally ill in prison without any thought of care, just completely inadequate programs - in an atmosphere not clinical, but punitive. There are no alternative remedies - and now we want to send the cops to the kids schools, causing a school to prison pipeline where what used to be minor and youthful indiscretions now become class B felonies!
So the rotten underbelly of the system may be exposed here, because these federal departments work together (and so does the state, county, local, etc.) - especially when it comes to a vendetta. Julian Assange does nothing different than the corporate media - oh, wait a minute, he/Wikileaks is not some craven entity that covers up and is merely a government stenographer like the corporate media but puts the dirty laundry out warts and all so the people cannot mistake what is taking place in the hallowed halls of power. So they transferred their hatred for Julian Assange to Aaron Swartz? Perhaps, the same zeal to cover up interests lies everywhere - that is, the interests that serve a moneyed few and gut the people wholesale. Because whether it is papers written by academics that the people paid for, or horrible wars abroad it is the same corporate whole that is preserved and profitable (to the destruction of the people). You see, it is a question of property here, except that any and all property seems to belong to the corporations and the moneyed elite. I marveled at how people were arguing over these documents which should have been the commons of the public, what caused me to marvel was the blindside that EVEN the internet which contained this "property" belongs to the people - but no one seemed aware of it! That is right, the internet was developed by public money, and then it was given whole to the corporations as a gift from their franchise - the government (because the government is nothing but a franchise of the elite - but you have heard this from me before), and the corporation is nothing but the fictitious housing of the elite - that never dies, and has unlimited funds, and gets corporate welfare to fuel their ill gotten enterprise - after all we pay for it, and they do not mind spending a dollar of your money to save or make a dime of theirs, hell your money is no object!
There is something really nagging at me in the death of Aaron Swartz, and I would be remiss in not saying something. When you put together these players (prosecutors, secret service, his activity in freeing information, the alleged connection with Wikileaks, SOPA, etc.) , along with Aaron's fathers initial statement of the government murdering his son (perhaps something he did not even conceive of, because it is so unbearable) - yet his insistence that his son did not suffer from depression (see LA Times article cited)... There are many ways you can kill yourself, and hanging is one of the worse, the suffocation and drawn out suffering - it was used by "law enforcement" for many years as an appalling warning...one could just as easily taken pills saying they were suffering mentally and go to sleep never to wake up. It just has a distinct odor to it, this hanging and then again I might be wrong...
"On the same day, the U.S. Secret Service took over the investigation. Court documents reveal that Secret Service agent Michael Prickett recommended MIT personnel leave Swartz's laptop in the closet for monitoring. All acquired data was eventually disclosed to the Secret Service."
First question, where did the secret service come from - on the same day!? One of the obvious answers is that they were waiting to jump on Aaron and following him carefully - the other is that the MIT institution is intimately tied to Government activity (certain institutions are hotbeds for clandestine activity, and some are recruiting territory), or a combination thereof. Second question, where is Aaron's digital legacy? I want to see Aaron Swartz's computer content un-scrubbed, I hear he left it to charity.
Bertrand Russell, The Scientific Outlook in 1931 wrote this:
"On those rare occasions, when a boy or girl who has passed the age at which it is usual to determine social status shows such marked ability as to seem the intellectual equal of the rulers, a difficult situation will arise, requiring serious consideration. If the youth is content to abandon his previous associates and to throw in his lot whole-heartedly with the rulers, he may, after suitable tests, be promoted, but if he shows any regrettable solidarity with his previous associates, the rulers will reluctantly conclude that there is nothing to be done with him except to send him to the lethal chamber before his ill-disciplined intelligence has had time to spread revolt. This will be a painful duty to the rulers, but I think they will not shrink from performing it."
[which should tell you (quote above) that this methodology has been going on for a long long time]
Oh! Cold March winds your cruel laments Are hard on prisoners' hearts, For you bring my mother's pleading cries From whom I have to part. I hear her weeping lonely sobs Her sorrows sweep me by, And in the dark of prison cell A tear has warmed my eye.
Oh! Whistling winds why do you weep When roaming free you are, Oh! Is it that your poor heart's broke And scattered off afar? Or is it that you bear the cries Of people born unfree, Who like your way have no control Or sovereign destiny?
Oh! Lonely winds that walk the night To haunt the sinner's soul Pray pity me a wretched lad Who never will grow old. Pray pity those who lie in pain The bondsman and the slave, And whisper sweet the breath of God Upon my humble grave.
Oh! Cold March winds that pierce the dark You cry in aged tones For souls of folk you've brought to God But still you bear the moans. Oh! Weeping wind this lonely night My mother's heart is sore, Oh! Lord of all breathe freedom's breath That she may weep no more."
At the core of what Aaron fought for was either going forward in humanity, or slipping back into what we thought we had escaped in the Enlightenment. Before education and research was given to the few, an elite, royalty - aristocracy, and the rest were left in the squalor of ignorance, cut off. We thought that we advanced from this trap so that we could advance as a people, globally - it was partially true, and now is terribly threatened.
Now it is not if you are royalty, but if you are born into money - if you are financially privileged or not. The torch has been passed from the kingdoms of old to the present reality in capitalism. Whether it is kingdoms, feudalism, or capitalism it has one thread that runs through them all - a moneyed elite (no matter how it is framed). This is true whether you are talking globally in the sense of privileged or non-privileged nations (and the two are intrinsically connected, the one feeds off the other, the so-called third world is created by the "developed" nations), or domestically within the borders of our own country. So that is the choice that has to be made, will we advance to the benefit of mankind, or will we continue to make knowledge the province of the few who will profit to the demise of the many?
"The ill-considered prosecution leading to the suicide of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz is the most recent in a long line of abusive prosecutions coming out of the U.S. attorney's office in Boston, representing a disastrous culture shift. It sadly reflects what's happened to the federal criminal courts, not only in Massachusetts but across the country." (ABOVE LINK)
"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.
We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access."
You have been told that there is "law and order," but I maintain that even the words in the phrase have been reversed - it really should read "order and law." That is because the "law" is to maintain the order, not in the sense as opposed to chaos - but the social order as it stands. That is, that there should be a few moneyed elite at the top and the rest in their order below, and that the law merely maintains that people will not move out of their socially subservient order. Let me ask you, whenever there is a dispute in regard to labor and it becomes acute, who do the police show up for? Do they show up to protect the rights of the workers or the corporations? There is your example.
In fact, where did your police departments come from? First, they were the big burly guys in the north who were hired by the corporations to bust the people and there union activity. In the south they were the individuals who were hired to catch run away slaves and beat them mercilessly. Very dubious beginnings, wouldn't you say? Both the law and those that enforce the law are the standing armies of the status quo, along with all of the other clandestine federal agencies. Both the law and its agents are those who would arrogate the wealth of this nation to the few.