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Aaron Swartz Documentary: SOPA and The Day We Fight Back


One year after Internet activist Aaron Swartz's death, a group of activists and online platforms are uniting for a day of activism against the National Security Agency's surveillance tactics.

At the time of his death last Jan. 11, Swartz was facing up to 50 years in prison for downloading academic journal articles at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, allegedly pursuing his goal of opening access.

In a clip provided to The Huffington Post from the upcoming documentary, "The Internet’s Own Boy," Swartz reflects on the NSA in an interview from 2012, finding the scope of the agency's activities "scary" and saying, "It is shocking to think that the accountability is so lax that they don't even have sort of basic statistics about how big the spying program is. If the answer is, 'Oh, we're spying on so many people we can't possibly even count them,' then that's an awful lot of people."


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Cyril's picture

This whole Anti-American US Mega-Government thing...

This whole Anti-American US Mega-Government thing which has declared the entire American people themselves both their subject and their enemy ...

... isn't going to end well.


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Paul 3V0L's picture

Bump to get this back on the Front Page


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Great man, he will be up there with Malcolm X

He was being a powerful force. The masses were listening to him. When that happens, it is time to remove him from this angry planet. The powers that are will never let go of control. It is inspirational to listen to these chosen few who speak their mind. If I had the courage I would love to speak about the unfair practices that our government is doing. For example, the Iraq war, the depleted uranium shells during the Kawait war. The prohibiting of the use of cannibis. Treating the citizens of my country like children. The arrogance that these politician treat use like they know what is good for us. The corruption that has taken my rights granted by The Bill of Rights.

Maybe if I get the balls to talk about these matters. I would speak out about the FDA and Monsanto being in bed with each other. It goes on and on.

Well, I hope the courage manifests within me.

Semper Fidelis. , Republic Man

He should have been able to publish them freely

Our tax dollars paid for the research an stipends to the researchers that wrote them.

Universities need a new method of publishing research articles.


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I had never known much about aaron swartz

I started looking into him after watching an interview done by molyneux of jeffery tucker. I left that interview very interested. Thank you for this documentary. It will give me a chance to discover more than him.


Tucker/Molyneux conversation is worth posting

here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvCyDwXz6ZQ&t=18m40s

Jeffrey's tribute to Aaron...

the greatest enemy to global corporate governance...

iConic coup d'etat

I don't know, but I'm personally at peace with thinking that Snowden was the real deal and acted on behalf of honest concern for what he felt was right. On the other hand I've never imagined that he acted alone. I imagine he received help along the way, even if it was covert and not to his knowledge, or even if he was conciously part of a team, he would certainly claim acting alone to protect his partners. Peg me a conspiracist if you will, but I remain fully aware of the general non-reality of my imagination. However, I find that which may be considered conspiracy theorization, an inescapable, beneficial, and quite natural human mental process. From vast paradigms to tiny notions we reverse engineer mental constructs nearly every moment of every day as we attempt to make sense of our experience. The reverse engineering is not itself the goal or ultimately important. It exists as means to develop that final part, to squeeze out that last drop of resolve to something we inherently, beneficially, and naturally seek, not necessarily approval but acceptance of the moment, the here and now and the reality we conceive of it. To develop a keener sense of reality by assessing our past is a process of continuing resolve of our present, that we maintain our most confident foundation of perspective to face our future. Our current perspectives are our highest [or maybe only] priority as are our current states of mind and being. When I am angered upon receiving information about past and current events [current always includes past in this case to some degree], it is best and even hard-wired into me to get myself back to a current state of peace with the world and my fellow world travelers. To forgive or even tolerate those that I may think have disturbed me I must first want to regain that state of peace.

As such I have my opinions, however fleeting, of Snowden's integrity, but they don't ultimately matter to me. He might just as well have been a CIA infiltrator of the NSA or any other such whimsical figure. Even if he provided limited hangout to provide pause for the PTB bastards during an age of inevetable information leakage, I am still grateful for the information.

As I statred out saying, I'm a peace with thinking Snowden acted with the integrity that he most simply appeared to act with. It's possible he had help. That help may have been covert. He may even have been set up or at least prompted in some ways to do what he did. The timing [and seeming ease] of what he did has always struck me, and the Swartz video here reminds me of that.

In the case that Snowden was covertly prompted, consider the dual benefit to those who would prompt him as such. Much has already been said since last June about the advantages of controled leakage of inevitable information. Swartz wasn't a leaker per se. He was a dedicated activist with a vision not aligned with the PTB. Snowden's information first appeared in wake of Swartz's death. Swartz had ramped up people's intersest in government surveillence. People were piquing with interest and began to dig more intensely for information. Greenwald's writing on the matter gained audience rapidly. It didn't take long for Greenwald to reveal to the world his source. Snowden's mug quickly replaced that of Swartz. Swartz as icon was early last year growing to rival that of Che Guevara. Snowden (the leaker) replaced Swartz (the activist) overnight!

DJP333's picture

Speechless from that comment

That last paragraph gave me chills.

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

Bump! Ditto!

Bump! Ditto!

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Paul 3V0L's picture

Mind. Blown.


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Michael Nystrom's picture



He's the man.