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Anon Takes Down Government Site Over Aaron Swartz's Death

In response to the death of Aaron Swartz, activist group Anonymous have hacked a U.S. government website. The group embedded a video statement on the homepage of the United States Sentencing Commission, which is an agency of the U.S. government. However, the website itself has been unavailable since Saturday. The USSC is responsible for issuing guidelines on sentencing for U.S. federal courts.

The statement -- part of an attack dubbed "Operation Last Resort" -- is based on the death of Aaron Swartz, an internet activist (pictured right) who killed himself earlier in January.

"Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed," the statement reads. "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."

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  • sacre
    "faced hacking charges"

    Well stop hacking peoples stuff.

    Its always sad to see someone take their own life, but this kid dug his own grave. Stop doing illegal shit and you'll be fine.
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  • dark_wizzie
    sacre"faced hacking charges"Well stop hacking peoples stuff.Its always sad to see someone take their own life, but this kid dug his own grave. Stop doing illegal shit and you'll be fine.WTF is wrong with you? The magnitude of punishment did not balance according to what he did! A kid dies because people are computer-phobic. He would have gotten a lighter sentence if he killed somebody.

    I stole a piece of candy when I was 6. Do I deserve 35 years in prision? Stop stealing shit and you'll be fine, you say...
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  • Chetou
    sacre"faced hacking charges"Well stop hacking peoples stuff.Its always sad to see someone take their own life, but this kid dug his own grave. Stop doing illegal shit and you'll be fine.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoPgFA5AkUY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a91WYyhnCP0
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  • sacre
    dark_wizzieWTF is wrong with you? The magnitude of punishment did not balance according to what he did! A kid dies because people are computer-phobic. He would have gotten a lighter sentence if he killed somebody.I stole a piece of candy when I was 6. Do I deserve 35 years in prision? Stop stealing shit and you'll be fine, you say...
    You know the risks.

    I don't understand why someone, who is aware of the jailtime associated with such actions - still do it anyways then complains after they were caught that its "Ridiculous". They crank the jailtime to scare you away from doing it. This idiot decided to do it anyways, regardless of the risk and was caught.

    We ALL assume we'll be that % that won't be caught, well, he was.

    Thats that.
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  • James296
    sacre"faced hacking charges"Well stop hacking peoples stuff.Its always sad to see someone take their own life, but this kid dug his own grave. Stop doing illegal shit and you'll be fine.
    must be nice seeing everything in Black and White
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  • Civil rights protesting was illegal. Should the protesters have just stayed home because they knew the risks? The guy downloaded academic papers, most of which were not even copyrighted, from a database that he had legal student access to. He faced 35 years because he allegedly wanted to distribute that information so that people would be better educated.
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  • I do not think anyone can say with a straight face that what this guy was doing was wrong (not illegal, just wrong). I don't think anyone can say with a straight face that what the prosecution was doing was right (not legal, but right). I don't think anyone can sit with a straight face and say that the companies in control of any copyright on the material the guy was attempting to distribute act more righteously than he did, and those companies wrote the law that he was being prosecuted under. See a problem? If you do not, then you are blind.
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  • sacre, you are totally right. We should have lynched Robin Hood- stealing from them fine rich folks to give to the nasty poor. Ghandi was a damn criminal- they should have punished him with death, not some pussy jail. Don't even get me started on Mother Teresa, with all her illegal border crossings she should have been in jail for at least a half century.
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  • JamesSneed
    Intriguing video. To sum up the link from Chetou.

    Threaten the president = 5 years prison max
    Assault a Supreme Court Justice = 10 years prison max
    Armed bank robbery = 20 prison years max
    Help terrorist develop a nuclear weapon = 25 prison years max
    Download educational documents violating vendors TOS = 35+ years prison
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  • kingnoobe
    To be honest I'm on the fence with anon. I agree with some of the stuff they do, but just as much I think is absolute BS.

    But either way this video was cool lol.
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