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  •  He didn't commit suicide over (1+ / 0-)
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    a million bucks (not much to him) or six months in jail. He obviously was suicidally depressed. People want to find an "explanation" for suicide, but there rarely is an actual explanation. It did not make sense for this 26-year old, who hadn't even been convicted, to extinguish his life, whether or not the prosecution was overzealous.

    •  There was also the FBI and Secret Service (5+ / 0-)

      pressure.

      Now that the government has dropped the charges against him posthumously, I am hoping his attorneys will release all of the pleadings and documents related to his case. It's time to have an honest conversation about this notion of "homeland security", who exactly is being protected (besides banks, of course), and how it can come to pass that the full force of the FBI and Secret Service came down on the head of a smart, passionate person who simply wanted to publish academic papers for everyone to access.
      Why Was the Secret Service Involved in Aaron Swartz Case?
      I'm not disagreeing with your fundamental point that suicidal depression functions, to some degree, independently of rational motive; but there was more than simply an "overzealous prosecution".

      He had also suffered a long, exhausting and tremendously expensive SOPA battle.

      Despair over the gap between his passion and sense of justice and the likelihood of achieving that in this world, against the incredible forces of the government and the vested interests, in fact, does make a certain "sense" to those sensitive to such angles of vision.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:21:03 AM PST

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    •  Another factor contributing to his despair (5+ / 0-)

      could well have been a recognition that this would be the end to his quest to achieve justice, clearly a mission he had decided to stake everything on.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:23:14 AM PST

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      •  Also, he may have been getting advice from his (6+ / 0-)

        defense team that, due to MIT's intransigent negotiating manner (see link I provided with blockquote two comment s above), and perhaps also the fact that there may have been more incriminating evidence -- involving private MIT and/or even classified information between the Gov and MIT -- that was going to make a much, much longer sentence all but certain, given the demeanor of the players.

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:28:21 AM PST

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    •  You really have no clue what you're talking about. (2+ / 0-)
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      He didn't commit suicide over (0+ / 0-)

      a million bucks (not much to him) or six months in jail. He obviously was suicidally depressed. People want to find an "explanation" for suicide, but there rarely is an actual explanation. It did not make sense for this 26-year old, who hadn't even been convicted, to extinguish his life, whether or not the prosecution was overzealous.

    •  I make no claim (0+ / 0-)

      over why he committed suicide.  My response was to the idea that spending his life on the run because he was facing a long prison sentence was ridiculous.

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