"A Line Was Crossed"
Hacker group Anonymous has launched what it is calling “Operation Last Resort” and has taken control of the Department of Justice’s Sentencing Commission website. In a rather lengthy warning / demand video, the group said their action against the DOJ and the country it serves is a result of a “line being crossed” with the death of Reddit founder Aaron Swartz.
Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.
We have been watching, and waiting.
Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.
For what it’s worth, I’m always somewhat reluctant to post stories like this. A) Because I think that’s what Anonymous wants folks like me to do. B) Because it will do doubt get this site flagged by someone somewhere. C) Said someone somewhere probably has the ability to shut me down with a simple key stroke. Call me a gambler.