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  •  The law itself is a big part of the problem. (21+ / 0-)

    It arms these sick, twisted prosecutors with the ability to basically commit acts of terrorism within the scope of their discretion, and the very fact that it's even possible under the law for a man to spend decades in prison for trying to illegally publish scientific articles is the very definition of Cruel and Unusual Punishment.  Not only common human decency, but the supreme law of the Constitution is offended by what has happened and is happening under statutory authority.

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:21:55 PM PST

    •  prison is cruel and unusual? (3+ / 0-)
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      cruel , maybe - plenty of scope for you to work on prison reform.

      Alas it can hardly be seen as unusual, in the US!

      •  It's the law that's the problem (7+ / 0-)

        These kinds of activities should not be illegal.  Public information should be publicly available.  

        Someone shouldn't be prosecuted and imprisoned for dozens of years simply because they were avoiding a 20 or 50 cent per page fee to download dozens of documents.

        That's the crux of the issue here.  There are so many for-profit gatekeepers on the internet these days intent on making a huge profit allowing access to public information.  

        Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

        by Betty Pinson on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 08:05:24 AM PST

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        •  Maybe that's why Shwartz took his own (2+ / 0-)
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          life?  He saw the deep, deep despair of what he helped unleash on the world?  He saw and understood that, yet again, something that could have been used for so much good was co-opted by the assholes and ruined.  Combined with his documented long-time depression, it is possible.

          I look at what the internet could be and what it IS and I despair deeply as well.

          David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

          by PsychoSavannah on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 08:46:34 AM PST

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    •  I agree it's the law (16+ / 0-)

         The main reason the bankers who brought down the world economy in 2008 weren't prosecuted is supposedly because "it was too difficult," the legalities are complex, their endless supply of lawyers would have fought tooth and nail on every point.. But why is it so difficult to prosecute fraud in banking, and so easy to prosecute someone for "the equivalent of taking out too many library books"? Mainly, because the banks essentially write the laws by which they are regulated. Or, okay, technically their lobbyists do.

      It's straight-out bribery - since bribery has been effectively legalized in America. The banks pay the politicians. The politicians set up the laws to make it easer for the banks to do pretty much whatever they like - or let the banks actually write the legislation. As a result, law enforcement basically can't touch the banks whatever they do, but does end up as the muscle that enforces the banks (or other corporations) ability to extract rents etc from the public. So if they set up an illegal robo-signer to repossess your house, it's almost impossible for the courts and its enforcement mechanism to go after the robo-signers (or so they claim anyway) but that same system will go after the homeowners on behalf of the robo-signers -sending guys with sticks and guns to force you from your home, or even SWAT teams (as OWS discovered in New Jersey) if people try to defend against eviction.

      Aaron was an on-line activist. He spearheaded the campaign to stop SOPA, which was meant to create enforcement mechanisms to protect similar rent-taking on the Internet. He won that battle. He and other activists blocked the law from being put in place. So they twisted around another set of laws to take what was a barely illegal stunt (MIT intentionally had not put up any protections against the sort of mass downloading he did) to try to have him hauled off to prison.

    •  The law (9+ / 0-)

      is the problem. Copyright laws have become a weapon against progress  

    •  The law in this country (0+ / 0-)

      functions with an almost complete lack of integrity---total hypocrisy---and no oversight of any kind.

      If the results were not so terribly---terribly tragic in almost every instance---it would be a joke---albeit a very cruel  joke.

      The Onion says----scholars have discovered---the Mayan word for "Apocalypse" in fact---translates more accurately as: "Time of pale obese gun monsters."

      by lyvwyr101 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:03:14 PM PST

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