FOIA: Department of Justice CCIPS Notes On Aaron Swartz Investigation

By: Friday January 23, 2015 10:16 am

In early 2013 I sent a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests out to three government agencies that I knew were investigating the late Aaron Swartz. Swartz committed suicide in January of that year arguably in part due to the harassment he was facing from state authorities. I was not a personal friend [...]

Noam Chomsky Faults MIT Over Aaron Swartz Case

By: Monday January 13, 2014 8:19 am

Last Saturday, January 11th, 2014, was the one year anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz. Much has been written here and elsewhere on the conduct of government officials whom treated Swartz as a threat and their misjudgement in doing so. Beyond some of Swartz’s FBI files which were released under the Freedom of Information [...]

Attorney General Holder Claims Aaron Swartz Prosecution Was ‘Good Use of Prosecutorial Discretion’

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 9:39 am

Well it seems we got our White House response to the 50,000+ signed Remove Carmen Ortiz petition.  Attorney General Eric Holder of MERS and Fast and Furious fame, told the Senate yesterday that the Aaron Swartz prosecution was a good idea. The Texas lawmaker [Senator Cornyn] asked: “Does it strike you as odd that the [...]

Aaron Swartz’s FBI File

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 7:28 am

When I heard the news of Aaron Swartz’s suicide I was deeply saddened or more accurately profoundly irritated. Why had the government – or should I say U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz – wasted so much time and resources destroying someone over such an inconsequential act? Downloading too many free articles warranted this kind of crackdown? [...]

Ortiz Fumbles Again With Wrong Arrest

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 7:15 am

As the petition to remove her from office passes the 50,000 mark and a Congressional investigation is preparing to be launched, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is back in the news for failures in her performance. This time her office helped arrest the wrong man. In the latest setback for Boston’s beleaguered U.S. attorney, red-faced feds [...]

Swartz Memorial Brings Bipartisan Support For “Aaron’s Law”

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 7:25 am

Last night a memorial service was held in Washington D.C for internet activist Aaron Swartz. The event brought out activists and politicians from both the left and right who committed to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Aaron’s name – amendments that will become known as Aaron’s Law. Aaron’s Law would decriminalize terms [...]

Ortiz Abuses Authority Again, Slapped Down By Judge

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 7:02 am

United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, infamous for being the overzealous prosecutor in the Aaron Swarz case, was slapped down in court this week for overreach.   It appears to be a pattern: A judge this week struck down a US government scheme to seize a Tewksbury, Mass., motel because it had become a haven for drug [...]

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 7:50 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories. The first story is about one of the most celebrated American entrepreneurs of all time – Steve Jobs. When Jobs was a young adult he and his friend Steve Wozniak started a business centered around an innovative piece of technology. This piece of technology was called [...]

Tom Dolan, Husband of Aaron Swartz Prosecutor, Attacking Swartz Family On Twitter

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 6:00 am

On the day of Aaron Swartz’s funeral – seriously – the husband of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Tom Dolan, decided to go on Twitter and attack public statements made by the Swartz family. It’s incredible they don’t blame Aaron completely? Stay classy Dolan. And what exactly were they supposed to say about a plea deal [...]

White House Petition To Remove Carmen Ortiz Launched

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 5:44 am

A new White House petition has been launched to remove the US Attorney whose bullying tactics are believed to have contributed to the death of Aaron Swartz. The petition has already crossed the 25,000 threshold. The petition states: We Petition the Obama Administration To: Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach [...]

Charges Dismissed Against Aaron Swartz

By: Monday January 14, 2013 10:02 am

Now that the victim of their persecution prosecution is dead, federal prosecutors have dropped the charges against Aaron Swartz: Federal prosecutors in Boston have dismissed charges against Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his New York apartment last week. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant [...]

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