U.S. Department Of Justice Acknowledges Aaron Swartz Was Prosecuted Over His Political Views

The decision to hound Swartz on flimsy charges with the possibility of decades in prison was in part because of an anti-copyright manifesto written by Swartz in 2008, reports the Huffington Post:

A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz that Swartz’s “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” played a role in the prosecution.

The manifesto said sharing information was a “moral imperative” and advocated for “civil disobedience” against copyright laws pushed by corporations “blinded by greed” that led to the “privatization of knowledge.”

“We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world,” Swartz wrote in the manifesto.

Swartz was 26 when he killed himself in January. He had been indicted and faced a prison sentence for downloading millions of academic articles from the online database JSTOR, though he maintained he had permission to access them.

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  • Sir Legendhead

    How could good men like him be a threat to Justice?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-M-Anderson/1289313527 George M. Anderson

      You are equating justice with law. What is just is not always lawful, and what is lawful is not always just.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-M-Anderson/1289313527 George M. Anderson

      You are equating justice with law. What is just is not always lawful, and what is lawful is not always just.

    • BuzzCoastin

      because Amerikan Criminal Justice is not Justice
      it’s merely criminal
      and all good men are a threat to criminals

    • echar

      I think it was more about money then justice.

    • echar

      I think it was more about money then justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503960809 William H Powell

    because greed knows no bounds and those in power want to keep the masses in the dark, knowledge is power and if you want that knowledge you have to pay for it. which is sad, just think if all that knowledge was readily available to everyone how this could be potentially a better world.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Ah, but with power comes responsibility.

      • HateRegister

        Those in power are very irresponsible, corrupted by and working for money and no longer for their constituents

      • HateRegister

        Those in power are very irresponsible, corrupted by and working for money and no longer for their constituents

    • Anarchy Pony

      Ah, but with power comes responsibility.

  • BuzzCoastin

    if it hasn’t been made clear yet
    this case should definitively show that
    suppressing information by whatever means
    is a major goal of Homeland Criminal Justice

    I think this is one of those examples
    that makes Amerika’s hypocrisy about freedom and civil rights
    most galling

  • bobbiethejean

    We lost one of the most brilliant minds of our generation over this. It just goes to show you how afraid they are.

  • hosting

    Oh, Its a serious matter . Its very difficult to reach a particular solution.

  • hosting

    Oh, Its a serious matter . Its very difficult to reach a particular solution.

  • made2order

    UNITED NATION’s Agenda 21 at work all over the NWO compromised world. Genocide to mankind any way they can.

  • http://twitter.com/DaleBAdams Dale B. Adams

    Did the U.S. government obtain this manifesto with warrantless surveillance snooping into Aaron Swartz’s computer?