Just when we as Americans think we live in the best country in the world, the handling of the Swartz case is terrifying and an abuse of power. He was bullied into his death and the treatment he received from the Department of "Justice" gives me yet another pause about my country.
And the RollingStone article: Why did the Justic System target Aaron Swartz?
Swartz was well-known in technology circles for helping develop the RSS web feed format and the popular site Reddit, among other accomplishments. At the time of his death, he was facing 13 felony charges and up to 50 years in prison: Prosecutors had accused him of using MIT's network to download too many scholarly articles from an academic database called JSTOR.
Swartz's friends and family have said they believe he was driven to his death by a justice system that hounded him needlessly over an alleged crime with no real victims. "[He was] forced by the government to spend every fiber of his being on this damnable, senseless trial," his partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman said at the memorial, "with no guarantee that he could exonerate himself at the end of it."
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The one question on my mind is this, couldn't someone help him with obtaining polical asylum in Canada or some other country? He was clearly being persecuted beyond reason, he was being made an example of (like many others have been). Wasn't there something that could have been done to help him? It's just such a waste.