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[liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Case Black caseblack at
Sun Jan 13 10:17:32 PST 2013

"Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general...

The more significant issue is that evil does not come at us with teeth
bared and the smell of sulfur in the air. It comes at us in a well tailored
suit and a welcoming smile; with slavish attention to following all the
correct procedures so that no one can ever say the letter of the law was
not scrupulously honored.

This was clearly a case of malicious prosecution not to redress a harm done
to society, but to silence a voice willing to challenge power. The fact
that it was done by friendly smiling attorneys in the antiseptic confines
of a Federal Courtroom and not by rude thugs in the center of Tahrir Square
in no way lessens the evil of unconstrained use of state power to silence
voices of dissent...

The "Banality of Evil" quote applies well giant organizations, be
they government, corporate or church, do unspeakable harm through the
blandest of bureaucrats, the most pious of bishops and the most reasonable
of prosecutors. We would do well when looking at the likes of Ortiz to
always hold separate intent from presentation...


On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Case Black <caseblack at> wrote:

> "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general"...of
> course not, neither did Adolf Eichmann.
> This is the face of the Banality of Evil for the modern era!
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at> wrote:
>> Federal Prosecutor Ortiz
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