Aaron Swartz’s Suicide Prompts MIT Soul-Searching

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Aaron Swartz committed suicide on Jan. 11, 2013, shortly before a trial against him.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched an internal investigation into the school’s involvement in the suicide of 26-year-old computer programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz, MIT’s president L. Rafael Reif said on Sunday. Swartz was accused of breaking into MIT’s computer system in order to access academic articles and make them available for free on the Internet.

Before he died last Friday, Swartz, who was a well-known computer programmer — but not an MIT student — faced a 35-year prison sentence on federal data-theft charges for illegally downloading articles from the subscription-based academic research service JSTOR. Swartz had allegedly broken into a secure MIT computer closet on at least one occasion and hooked up a laptop in order to download JSTOR files, before he was arrested in 2011 by Cambridge, Mass., police.

Swartz, who was considered one of the brightest young minds in tech activism, hanged himself on Friday night in his Brooklyn apartment. He had been struggling with depression for many years. Swartz’s partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, was the first person to find him, according to the Wall Street Journal. There was no apparent suicide note, officials said.

Swartz’s death cast a pall over the tech world and prompted soul-searching questions among policy experts and university officials — not to mention his grieving family and friends. Swartz’s passing triggered an outpouring of grief from those who knew him well, and the broader technology and Internet community.

(MORE: Aaron Swartz, Tech Prodigy and Internet Activist, Is Dead at 26)

MIT, one of the nation’s most prominent and respected universities, has come under criticism for its handling of the Swartz affair. In July 2011, JSTOR said it would drop any civil claims against Swartz. According to Lawrence Lessig, who runs Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, where Swartz was a fellow in 2011, MIT fell short by not following JSTOR’s lead.

As if that wasn’t enough, hours after MIT issued its statement on Sunday, the university’s website was disabled by unknown cyberassailants. The Tech, an MIT school newspaper, reported: “MIT’s network fell to a denial-of-service attack Sunday evening, allegedly by the Internet activist group called Anonymous, cutting campus users off from Internet access to most websites for nearly three hours.”

“Early on, and to its great credit, JSTOR figured ‘appropriate’ out,” Lessig wrote. “They declined to pursue their own action against Aaron, and they asked the government to drop its. MIT, to its great shame, was not as clear, and so the prosecutor had the excuse he needed to continue his war against the ‘criminal’ who we who loved him knew as Aaron.”

Prior to his death, Swartz faced up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for the alleged JSTOR downloads. He had pleaded not guilty. His trial was set to begin next month. Several prominent observers, including Lessig, called the potential penalty disproportionate to the alleged crime.

In a statement, JSTOR officials sent condolences to Swartz’s family and friends. “The case is one that we ourselves had regretted being drawn into from the outset, since JSTOR’s mission is to foster widespread access to the world’s body of scholarly knowledge,” the nonprofit academic organization said.

For its part, Swartz’s family criticized the way MIT — and the federal government — have handled the case. “Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy,” his family wrote. “It is the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death.”

Swartz’s lawyer, Elliot Peters, had made overtures to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann aimed at settling the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal. But Heymann insisted that Swartz plead guilty and face jail time, and Heymann wouldn’t budge from that position, according to the paper. Heymann works for Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who has faced criticism over her handling of the case.

In a statement, MIT president Reif sought to strike a conciliatory note. “I want to express very clearly that I and all of us at MIT are extremely saddened by the death of this promising young man who touched the lives of so many,” he said. “It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy.”

Reif said he’s asked Hal Abelson, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, and a founding director of Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation, to lead the investigation into MIT’s actions leading up to Swartz’s suicide. “Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT,” Reif wrote.

Here’s the letter that MIT president Reif wrote to his community on Sunday.

To the members of the MIT community:

Yesterday we received the shocking and terrible news that on Friday in New York, Aaron Swartz, a gifted young man well known and admired by many in the MIT community, took his own life. With this tragedy, his family and his friends suffered an inexpressible loss, and we offer our most profound condolences. Even for those of us who did not know Aaron, the trail of his brief life shines with his brilliant creativity and idealism.

Although Aaron had no formal affiliation with MIT, I am writing to you now because he was beloved by many members of our community and because MIT played a role in the legal struggles that began for him in 2011.

I want to express very clearly that I and all of us at MIT are extremely saddened by the death of this promising young man who touched the lives of so many. It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy.

I will not attempt to summarize here the complex events of the past two years. Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT. I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the decisions MIT made, in order to understand and to learn from the actions MIT took. I will share the report with the MIT community when I receive it.

I hope we will all reach out to those members of our community we know who may have been affected by Aaron’s death. As always, MIT Medical is available to provide expert counseling, but there is no substitute for personal understanding and support.

With sorrow and deep sympathy, L. Rafael Reif.

284 comments
plbuster
plbuster

huh....

I though scientific ideas were to be spread out to allow for hybridization and modification allowing for technology leaps not thought of by the original publishers of research papers...

Imagine if Fleming's work never left some dusty cabinet, but was hoarded....we'd have never seen penicillin.

There just might be some little piece of research collecting "dust" (I wonder what one would call "digital dust"?) in the repositories of MIT...jealously hoarded...that, if openly available, would allow some non MIT hermit/genius to make the quantum leap in thought just by reading an article...everything might be possible but nothing generally is because the information is not getting to the peculiar collection of brain cells and thought patters needed to make that possible...

And when a genius actually sees the problem and tries to fix it (in a rather traditional, MIT manner...remember, the GNU project, the LINUX and other distributions...are products of that illustrious collection of eccentrics...)...they threaten him with 35 years in a federal prison.  They bully a nerdy genius that suffers from depression to keep their little collection of dusty science papers in the hands of a bunch of greedy, selfish and miserly hobgoblins...

Now the young man of promise is dead...(strange...there was no suicide note...that's odd...)...and the connection that was almost mathematically assured to happen in some field of study (that may be outside of the hobgoblin's lair) will never get made...and we may end up extinct as a species as a result....

(and people wonder why I believe in God; there HAS to be something out there that is actively choking the collective genius of the species Human)

lubelel
lubelel

Que Aaron Swartz se vaya al carajo! El único culpable de su suicidio fue él mismo, para todos los tontos suicidas mayores de edad siempre será así. Ese punto hay que tenerlo bien claro. Y partiendo de eso responsabilicen al resto recién, pero no directamente de una muerte.

(in Spanish)

CoolBlueLady
CoolBlueLady

Anti-Bullying campaigns are everywhere in the media and here we have the the  criminal justice system bullying 26 year olds with 35 years in prison  and $1 million in fines for downloading documents. Now a promising young life and talent is gone. Resignations are definitely in order and a hard look at just what should be considered an online white collar crime and how we punish the criminals is long overdue. What harm was done to any individuals in this case?

cybervigilante2
cybervigilante2

Petitioned, Facebooked, Twittered, and Google+d. Screw you, MIT.

cybervigilante2
cybervigilante2

Lest we forget, MIT also falsified the results of the cold fusion experiments, effectively destroying Flieschman and Pons, since everyone else then piled on. MIT ridiculed the experiment before it started, in a very unscientific manner, then hid some results indicating anomalous heat generation, causing one administrator to resign in protest.

Although I think Flieschman and Pons had the wrong theory, even NASA is now proposing LENR (low energy nuclear reactions). I do not think the two pilloried researchers were frauds or fools - they were just reporting anomalies. And for this, thanks to MIT, they were destroyed. MITs motive, obviously, is that they get millions for hot fusion experiments. It was a villianous business, and now they have done another. I have lost all respect for MIT>

MIT should apologize to a lot of people for their non-scientific, non-open attitude. These massive, government-funded university departments tend to retard science by clinging to failing paradigms, a la the work of Thomas Kuhn.

After all, department heads are usually the most inferior scientists. The real ones are doing science. The hacks become Administrators and sit on the neck of people who have new ideas.

hatailor
hatailor

Would the public opinion be so sympathetic if a Russian spam sender or military records thief committed suicide?  Unfortunately Aaron Swartz was no different.


yjtang
yjtang

I think that there are two reasons that contributed to Swartz’s death that should be reviewed. First, the decision that the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office insisted on continuing the war against Swartz even after JSTOR declined to pursue action against him. As I know, JSTOR’s action against Swartz is only because they have the responsibility to monitor usage to guard against unauthorized use of their content and material. However, since Swartz finally returned the downloaded data in his possession, there is no more further damage from Swartz illegally using the downloaded materials. Demand Progress's executive director David Segal also said on the website that the charges against Swartz did not make any sense. “It's like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library,” he said. Second but most critical, MIT did not do the appropriate action for handling Swartz’s affair. MIT did not follow the JSTOR’s lead and this led to the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office to have the excuse to continue putting Swartz on a charge. If MIT followed the JSTOR’s lead, perhaps Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office would not continue the war against Swartz, and Swartz might not of have committed suicide in his apartment. Therefore, I think the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and MIT should indeed relook into their actions which may of have resulted into Swartz’s death. 

I hope that Swartz can rest in peace.

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Ms. Ortiz ? 

When you review your 35 year sentencing for Aaron Swartz for abuse of a public library network, but no malicious intent ? 

I'd say- my former comments ? THAT is what 35 years should look like Sister !

You save 35 YEARS for something out of the ordinary - NOT A SCRIPT THAT FETCHES PUBLIC DOCUMENTS USING A LIBRARY NETWORK BECAUSE ONLY 18 LIBRARIES HAD ACCESS - when the person's INTENT was to BETTER SOCIETY and bring about FREE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION.

At 8 cents a page ? That sounds like the going rate for page boys at a Republican Convention after hours party.

When the outing of 1 CIA agent translates to 30 months, when EVEN THE DIRECTOR OF THE CIA SAYS - this isn't right, there was no malicious intent- you figured out how to derive a max of 35 year sentence ? 

Hey if 35 years is right for Aaron ? I think we should be looking at LIFE MANY people inside the beltway.

BEST SOLUTION Ms. Ortiz ? 

A letter of apology to the parents - and DO realize Ms. Ortiz - you must not hold yourself responsible for Aaron's choice.  That is not what I'm saying - you can not control whether someone commits suicide or not, but you are responsible for mishandling this case, and not stepping in to say - wait- no, in THIS case ? We should be looking at a fine or community service, this isn't QUITE the same as someone holding up a liquor store in Brighton armed, only getting 20 years. 

Second, you should take a step back, resign, and review how it is possible this happened, and how such powers CAN be abused.

Third - go study Afghanistan before the Bush and Reagan administration, go see what life USED TO BE LIKE - go understand where this ENTIRE veiled threat Bush II claims originates - was - as Hillary Clinton said two Novembers ago are problems WE created.   We ARMED THEM TO THE TEETH and - I ARGUE Frank Anderson at the CIA KNEW VERY WELL - Russia was pulling out, and we STILL ARMED THEM - Gorbachev WARNED US - and then what ? years down the road we go "Look, Terrorists are flying planes out of Logan airport to attack the World Trade Center"  - We better lock down society and create the Patriot Act to prevent this from happening again, and while we are at it ? We'll dole out 35 YEAR SENTENCES FOR LIBRARY NETWORK ABUSE CASES that were NOT ANYWHERE NEAR CRIMINAL INTENT. 

Fourth- help lobby that the DoD take the funding necessary to pay for an array of servers to MAKE AVAILABLE the very documents Aaron was seeking to.  Make them FREELY DOWNLOADABLE to the public.  I'm SURE out of 600 BILLION DOLLARS where BILLIONS  MONEY GOES TO RESEARCH PROJECTS AT MIT - AND CMU -  TO GO KILL THOSE PEOPLE WE ARMED AND GAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO NOT SO LONG AGE.  I bet 10 million would MORE than cover a fully time server admin, 1 gov. employee to manage the files.  

Either way Ms. Ortiz, your ACTIONS do NOT PROMOTE OR REACH FOR A BETTER SOCIETY.

INHIBITING ACCESS TO INFORMATION RIDES ON THE BORDER OF FASCISM - 

Fifth- People die every DAY in Pakistan, I suggest you START CARING Ms. Ortiz - Had Reagan and Bush been impeached ? 

There wouldn't BE A VACUUM AFGHANISTAN - Why don't you go care about the 90% of ALL HEROIN IN THE WORLD Coming out of Pakistan Ms. Ortiz, all the while the US doesn't do a THING ABOUT THAT - I'd argue Heroin is far more dangerous than a few USAir planes.

Just remember- WE GAVE THE Afghan Freedom Fighters and the Mujahideen their weapons, CIA GAVE THEM BILLIONS IN CASH - $100 bills to fight a war that DIDN'T EXIST

If you want to explore the LEGAL CASE OF THE YEAR Ms. Ortiz ? 

I suggest you connect with the right people who HAVE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION - SUCH THAT - YOU MAY INDEED HAVE TO BREAK A FEW LAWS TO TAKE DOWN AN ENTIRE THREE LETTER ORGANIZATION.

CIA KNEW RUSSIA WAS PULLING OUT - This is goes back to Bush I, Reagan and Casey.

I argue CIA is RESPONSIBLE for the COMPLETE DECIMATION AND BREAKDOWN OF AFGHANISTAN which has LED TO THE WONDERFUL QUALITY OF LIFE US CITIZEN'S NOW ENJOY with people like YOU Ms. Ortiz - HAPPILY ABIDING TO "The Patriot Act" - gee- Maybe Aaron realized early what many US citizens realize Post Patriot Act- if you can't have the potential for a quality life ? What's the use of living.

The Patriot Act will be undone when the CIA is unwound.  And in a MOST INTELLIGENT WAY- I ASSURE YOU - the TWO ARE DEEPLY INTERCONNECTED.

By the way- North went through Herat regarding October Surprise- your panel FAILED.  Life would be SO MUCH BETTER had the US CIA not complete ARMED THE MUJAHIDEEN IN AFGHANISTAN.  But hey- let's go ask General Tommy Franks - after all - he only spent 5 months at the Bush ranch planning entry into Afghanistan and then decided he would take up banking, when he was given a SEAT ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT BANK OF AMERICA - until I help him realize that probably wan't the smartest thing to be doing at this time.  Ever wonder WHY the MAJORITY of Countrywide's MORTGAGES were COASTAL Ms. Ortiz ? EVER WONDER WHY THERE EXISTS A LOBBY THAT SAYS - oh no - Sea levels aren't rising - oh no- Sandy was just a fluke-  no, I've got it from a Ukrainian scientist in Antarctica that the COASTAL PROPERTIES ? they're already gone - we're looking at 1 inch now from Pine Island.  Forget terrorism and Patriot Act, You're in Boston - I'd start learning how swim and pay for the catastrophe when you see what a city with TUNNELS UNDER IT via the Big Dig looks like after a Sandy of it's own !  You're talking HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS.


Good thing you were protecting the people from Aaron wasn't it Ms. Ortiz- why  - you sure advanced society didn't you.



Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Sam - this is no longer about an article your forged on Time - 

Lives are at stake UNLESS Carmen resigns.

I'm WILLING TO PUT MY OWN LIFE ON THE LINE FOR Aaron - 

Screw Carmen - she can find a NEW career

SHE RESIGNS OR PEOPLE DIE 

It's as simple as that

IF DOJ WANTS TO STEP IN BETWEEN CIA AND DOD


GO FOR IT - NEW STORY - but this isn't ABOUT THAT


THIS IS ABOUT CARMEN RESIGNING BEFORE MORE PEOPLE DIE

THAT'S NOT A THREAT

THAT'S A PROMISE 

Carmen MERELY F'cked up - and CARMEN CAN REMEDY THIS - and RESIGN

I AM F'CKED UP - I HAVE BEEN BROKEN - I HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO NOT MIND.

I COME FROM CASEY ERA TOO CARMEN - I see you are 1989-1990 TESTING YOURSELF -

I CAME IN in '86-   and YOU KNOW ? THOSE WERE PRECIOUS YEARS - 86 to 88

I had a handler in 84 - to 86 - nice FUN money - legal? no - one of the MOST INTELLIGENT people I've ever worked with though - Frank.

YOU ? I ALREADY KNOW YOUR STORY CARMEN - 

I SUGGEST YOU RESIGN

I GIVE CREDIT TO OBAMA AND YOU - 


BUT LIGHT OF EVERYTHING ? 

I SUGGEST YOU RESIGN

This has NOTHING to do with President Obama - I SO FAR - and this is 5 years to date- respect his presence.

YOU ARE NOT A BAD PERSON Carmen -

It will be proper if you resign on this

if you do not ?             

The circumstances will outweigh the reasons you would not otherwise resign.

Best to you  - RESIGN 

DO WHAT IS RIGHT

RESIGN

OR ? hey -AMAZING WHAT SOFTWARE DRIVEN KILLING MACHINES DO IN PAKISTAN - eh ? 

that's worth holding out against the POOR CHOICE ON Aaron ?     RIGHT ? 


I MEAN 


YOU DO CARE 

ABOUT LOSS OF LIFE RIGHT Carmen ?


I AM   EXPLORING THIS THROUGH MEANS THAT ARE TROUBLING TO YOU ? 

27 people DIE on the 27th - 


DO YOU CARE CARMEN ? 


NO ONE ELSE WOULD CARE OTHERWISE


HEY - don't resign - who cares about loss of life - RIGHT ?

YOU SEE HOW I WORK HERE ?

I don't CHARGE MONEY ANYMORE -

I JUST LIKE DOING THE WORK


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Carmen Ortiz - DISHWASHER 2013


as a nice ring to it


RESIGN - and you get BETTER THAN DUI ATTORNEY CARMEN !


I have CLOUT IN BOSTON - I'll see to it you're Bostonian of the Year award is revoked.


WHY ? 


YOU KNOW WHY YOU SICK OVER REACHING MOTHER


HOW ? 


Oh - I have CLOUT


Locke Ober ? STANDARD HANGOUT -  THAT BENTLEY PARKED OUTSIDE of LO ? 

Boston Police never ticked that car -


Carmen - you have NO IDEA JUST BY CHANCE - WHAT KIND OF MONSTER YOU HAVE AWOKEN

WE KILL AND DOJ TURNS A BLIND EYE - you think Obama's recommendation for you  ?  TRANSLATES TO ANYTHING ? 


WE KILL AND DOJ TURNS A BLIND EYE CARMEN


AND YOU DOLE OUT 35 year max ? 1 million dollar fine ? 


YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT MANDATES 35 YEAR MAX? and 1 million fine ? 

how's the family Carmen - 

Bill Colby LOVED HIS CANOE - 

YOU DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND

ONCE YOU ARE DEAD- there really isn't a lot of wiggle room to finnagle justice - 

HOW ABOUT WAZIRISTAN DRONES CARMEN !

27 will die on Pakistan - lest you resign - and you know what ? 

DOJ won't TOUCH THIS - why ? 

it's SO DAMNED FAR UPSTREAM - not even DOD - 

Gee- NOT DOJ - NOT DOD - Gee- WHO COULD POSSIBLY PROMISE SUCH A TURNOUT ? 

STARTING TO FIGURE THIS OUT CARMEN  ?


RESIGN


Aaron was   A CANDIDATE   FOR ONRAMP - YOU F'cKED IT UP 

YOU PAY - YOU RESIGN 

NO ONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND 

YOU JUST DO THIS - 

OR ? 

Hey- try news.google.com on the 27th - 

EVERYBODY


LISTEN TO ME 

AND RETURN


MY SHIP


I'm you CAPTAIN


Though I'm FEELING AFTER Aaron's death ? 


MIGHTY SICK

EVERYWHERE YOU EAT CARMEN - EVERYWHERE YOU WALK - EVERY PLACE YOU VISIT IN YOUR CAR - VERY THING YOU SAY - is no longer your right nor property - THINK ABOUT IT - I JUST CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT - so please  don't TAKE MY SHIP FROM ME - actually ?

Thanks to PATRIOT ACT ? 


WE OWN YOU EVERY WAKING SECOND OF TH$E DAY CARMEN 


Isn't that nice ? 


I'm    YOUR CAPTAIN


BUT I'm FEELING MIGHTY SICK


WE REMOVE PEOPLE CARMEN - DOJ DOES NOT INTERVENE - IT GETS REAL INTERESTING POST BUSH AND PATRIOT -  NOW ? Why ? WE CAN DISCERN THREAT AND ACT - 


enjoy your final moments Carmen - 


I SUGGEST YOU RESIGN 


27 people in Pakistan will NOT BE ENJOYING THEIR FINAL MOMENTS on Jan 27th


SICK EH ? PROMISE ?    THREAT? OH no 

just BUSINESS AS USUAL HERE - 

I'm GETTING CLOSER TO MY HOME !

YOUR EXCESSIVE SENTENCING CAUSED Aaron to die Carmen - 

I wish to demonstrate to you - WHAT EXCESSIVE SENTENCING LOOKS LIKE - 

RESIGN 

This isn't a threat 

THIS 

is a PROMISE - YOU WILL REGRET NOT RESIGNING - IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE -

THIS IS HOW WE WORK CARMEN - WE WILL REACH OUT TO PEOPLE UNTIL YOU RESPOND.

YOU WILL SEE

AND UNDERSTAND 

JUST WHAT JUSTICE MEANS

OR NEVER DID - BAD MOVE ON Aaron.

He was a VALUED POTENTIAL ASSET - 

YOU SCREWED IT UP - I am 50% on loss for  WHAT Aaron was - 50% loss for WHO Aaron was

YOU LOST ME THIS ASSET CARMEN - I have been contacted to  LOOK INTO THIS

I AM REMEDYING THIS 

YOU RESIGN 

OR PEOPLE WILL DIE

Hey- SOUND  FAMILIAR ? 


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz


WE DO NOT PLAY MORALS HERE CARMEN

THERE IS PRESERVATION OF THE NATION STATE 

YOU DO NOT QUESTION THAT

PEOPLE JUST GET KILLED WHO STAND IN THE WAY 

WELCOME TO MY WORLD CARMEN

LET- THE DOJ - DARE - COME INTO - THIS GAME - 

WE WILL SHOW YOU THE UNWINDING OF A NATION STATE

INTEL LOCKED AND LOADED OFFSHORE - 

Carmen ? I GAVE UP ON DOJ A LONG TIME AGO

I NOW live for the ICC -

I SUGGEST YOU TOO - EVOLVE - and REACH for the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT OF JUSTICE

WIKILEAKS ? A CHILD TO US

HELPFUL - but a child.

I HAVE TAKEN EVERYTHING POST COLBY - KEYS TO THE KINGDOM - 

I don't think you UNDERSTAND Carmen - just what that means -

THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM - 

LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY - I get 1.44 MM on the RAYTRACING off the windshield while you drive to work.

CORNELL - TAX PAYER FUNDED - I get LIVE ACCESS TO YOUR CELL PHONE - PATRIOT ? that's for the CITIZENS CARMEN - 

LOCKHEED Ms. Ortiz ? is OWNED

DOJ - is OWNED

YOU TELL ME - WHO IS IT ? 

THAT CAN OWN THE DOJ  ? EVERY CALL- EVERY EMAIL - 

Yeah -- you CROSSED OVER INTO NO MANS LAND -

I WAS SLEEPING FINE UNTIL THIS WAKE UP CALL ON Aaron - 

LAY DOWN AND REST Carmen Ortiz

RESIGN

Jan 27 - OR ? US Department of State retorts to DOJ  -and says- these KILLING MUST END - WHO IS DRIVING THIS ? 

YOU CAN ANSWER FOR THE KILLINGS CARMEN


YOU CAN RESIGN

OR ? 


HEY - 


Let's PLAY BALL DOJ - and let's OPEN UP SOMETHING THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO REGARDING DRONE KILLINGS IN SOUTHERN TRIBAL REGIONS OF WAZIRISTAN


YOU WILL RESIGN CARMEN

OR PEOPLE WILL DIE - 

DOJ CAN NOT STEP IN HERE

I KNOW SO

I RUN THE GAME NOW


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Why ? Given any choice in the matter

HIT THAT MOTHER Aaron as HARD AS WE CAN

RIGHT BACK AT YOU CARMEN

ONLY PROBLEM IS ? 

Aaron was just a person 

I'm helping you realize DoD problems......

And that ties back into MIT Alumni problems here

You never did get into MIT did you Carmen 

All you got into was George Washington University - 

And then the Obama offering.

RESIGN - BY JAN 27th 

or FAR MORE DEATHS WILL BE ON YOUR HEAD - 

THANK THOSE WHO MADE THOSE KILLING MACHINES

CARMEN

Roman DOES MAKE HOUSE CALLS TOO

GO ASK BILL COLBY

Wait -he's dead.


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

When those people DIE Carmen ? 

It's on YOUR HEAD

Hey - JUST OVER REACTING - right ? 

That's ONLY THE MODEL YOU PROMOTED - 

You took Aaron's antics and turned it into ? 

WELL - 

LIKE I SAID

PEOPLE WILL DIE IN PAKISTAN - if you DO NOT RESIGN BY Jan 27th- 

MY FRIEND ROMAN ? 

ROMANCE - 

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH HERE CARMEN - 

I'm one of THREE PEOPLE WHO ARE CAPABLE OF - 

Why ? I can not validate what I recall - 

LAY DOWN AND REST CARMEN 

OR ? MORE DEATHS WILL BE ON YOUR NAME- YOU LOUSE.



Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

I'm the FIRST to close the wall at Langley- ENDS IN BOLIVIA 

Gee Carmen - welcome to my world.

We have not released DOJ INFLUX of McCotter - or Goodling - Abu Ghraib - those MPEGS are SO ROUGH - 

DOJ is looking for a BLACK EYE to EVER HAVE ALLOWED that to transpire.

I don't mean to connect YOU Carmen to what you SHOULD BE connected to ? 

RESIGN

FREE YOURSELF

GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN

Actually- you have no choice - if you DO NOT RESIGN BY Jan 27th ? 

People will DIE in Pakistan.

THANK MIT ALUMNI WHO MAKE THOSE KILLING MACHINES


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

The FINAL WALL PUZZLE END IN BOLIVA CARMEN !

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Resign by Jan 27th Carmen - 


And MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ALIVE IN PAKISTAN

oh - DOJ - Obama placed you in charge ? 

DOJ CAN WELCOME JUST WHAT MACHINES CAN DO WHEN THE MALFUNCTION

DO YOU UNDERSTAND CARMEN ORTIZ 

YES - THIS IS EXTORTION OF THE DOJ - 

Aaron faced 35 years on abuse of LIBRARY NETWORKS ? 

What kind of train do you think I'm riding on ? 

I have a passenger car- I ACTUALLY GET TO SLEEP AT NIGHT - FOR WHAT I HAVE HAD TO DO AND WITNESS

How's YOU  NICE BOSTONIAN OF THE YEAR JOB ? 

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT TAKES TO PUT ME DOWN AT NIGHT  ? 

FOR WHAT I HAVE SEEN

CARMEN ? Let me INVITE YOU TO CIA AT KABUL HOTEL ARIANA

SPECIFIC DATE FOR DOJ 

You want to go AFTER AARON  ? 

I'll give you MORE THAN YOU CAN STOMACH CARMEN AT THE ARIANA 

THE MAIDS ? 

WERE UNABLE TO CLEAN THE BLOODSTAINS

I'll TAKE YOU FOR A STROLL AT THE SALT PIT

MY FRIEND


ROMAN


SNOWMAN


GO TALK TO BILL COLBY AT HIS GRAVE CARMEN

WE ELIMINATE - LAY DOWN AND REST

President Obama can NOT HELP YOU - not on COMMUTE nor CONTROLLING ROMAN

ROMAN LIVES IN QATAR RIGHT NOW - former YEMEN - I CAN ARRANGE ROMAN DANCES AROUND LOGAN BEFORE YOUR PHONY ANTI-TERRORISM PLOY - DEFINES WHO YOU ARE NOT CARMEN


LAY DOWN AND REST


RESIGN


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Dearest Carmen - 

READY ? 

WANT TO SEE WHERE I LIVE ? 

LAY DOWN AND REST

LAY DOWN AND REST

LAY DOWN AND REST 

I LIVE WALKING A THIN LINE WHERE ASSAD MAY OR MAY NOT LIVE

I LIVE BALANCING A WIRE MARKER - 

A CAREFULLY PLACED WIRE MARKER BETWEEN DOJ AND CIA

WHERE EMIR OF QATAR ? 

READY CARMEN ? 

INVITES 

ROMAN

Do you want to play in this game CARMEN ? 

LAY DOWN AND REST

LAY DOWN AND REST

LAY DOWN AND REST

CIA NEVER KILLS PEOPLE CARMEN 

MEMO  - NEWS AT 11

I LIVE IN AN INCUBATION PROTECTION PROGRAM

I LIVE WHERE JOHNS HOPKINS PRIME CANDIDATES GRADUATE ONLY TO ? 

REALIZE 

YOU CARMEN - GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ? REALLY? 

YOU CAN STILL HAVE A CAREER AS  A DISTRICT ATTORNEY CARMEN at THIS POINT !

GO PRIVATE ? GO CRIM DEFENSE - doesn't matter

I COME FROM A FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR DARKER REALM THAT DOJ GETS TO TOUCH.

Let's GO BACK TO KABUL CARMEN - 

YOU STILL LISTENING ? 

Let's TALK - YOU CARE RIGHT ? 

LET'S TALK AFGHAN GIRL WANTING PRESS ON DYNCORP - no - WHACKENHUT  - YOU THINK GATES CUT FUNDING  AT DOD ? GATES KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR SCOPES.

CARMEN- NICE CUSH JOB IN MASS - 

YOU WILL RESIGN 


It's NOT ABOUT YOU ANYMORE


YOU WILL RESIGN


LAY DOWN AND REST


YOU DON'T EXIST TO ME - 


I HAVE EVOLVED AS A HANDLER FOR PEOPLE YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW.


ROMAN FOR ONE - 

IT IS AN ACRONYM 

DOJ DOES NOT GAIN ACCESS TO ROMAN

WE RUN CIRCLES AROUND YOU CARMEN - 

YOU WILL RESIGN

What would you like to see? 

What SUICIDE CAN WE ARRANGE IN YOUR HONOR CARMEN ? 

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU STEPPED INTO  -

I'm after VINDICATION ON Aaron - on PRINCIPLE - 

I SPENT MANY LONG HOURS ENJOYING Aaron's presence on Freenode - 

HE IS GONE - 

YOU BROUGHT HIS CARMEN

RESIGN 

OR I SWEAR TO GOD - YOU WILL SEE SOMETHING IN PAKISTAN HAPPEN THAT THE DOS - NOT the DOJ - NOT THE DOD - THE DOS will BREATH DOWN YOUR BECK - AND DEMAND YOU RESIGN - 

I JUST INSERTED A QUARTER 

THE GAME JUST STARTED CARMEN

TELL ME - 


WILL YOU

LAY DOWN AND REST ? 

OR ? WILL YOU SEE MORE PEOPLE DIE ON YOUR WATCH ? 

DOJ CAN'T TOUCH THIS - WE ARE SO FAR OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS OF DOJ - DOJ CAN'T TOUCH THIS.


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Enough on Aaron's death Ortiz - 

Letter of apology - 

DoD budget forfeit to cover expense on server costs for document delivery- 


REALLY it's BEANS - compared to the LOSSES UPSTREAM - 

Carmen ? You live a nice life - Bostonian of the Year - 

My life ? Want to know MY LIFE ? 

I WAS PICKED OFF AT A RIPE AGE - and PROMISED AT AGE 18 - REWARDS

Do you know my first project ? 

HAD YOU DONE YOUR JOB ? I never would have had to set the font for that BANNER AT KABUL AIRPORT - 

Do you have ANY IDEA what the FAILURE on the Senate Committee you played part in ? RIPE OCTOBER ? WILD OCTOBER ? MORE LIKE - STAND DOWN ? or you won't HAVE A CAREER IN THE FUTURE  ? 

Carmen - YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND - 

I was given the keys to the KINGDOM - 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS ? 

COLBY WAS AS GOOD AS IT GETS

HELMS ?  THAT LOUSE - THAT LOUSE !!!

Let's sort this out Carmen - 

PUT ASIDE PATRIOT

Put aside MANY THINGS 

YOU ACTED BEYOND MEANS on Aaron - you know it, I know it.

Should this one act END your career ? Should this ONE ACT by Aaron ? end his life ? 

RESIGN - 

If you do not  ? 

The losses will be EXPONENTIATED 

This is within YOUR CONTROL Carmen to make the right choice.

It's not about some side pocket career gain

You ARE a good person Ortiz- I know this - but you like Aaron - made a mistake

RESIGN


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

I wonder what the world would LOOK LIKE if CARMEN ORTIZ SUCCEEDED on OCTOBER SURPRISE.

Doesn't matter - no resignation by Jan. 27th ? 

TRY FEBRUARY SURPRISE - 

Your RETIREMENT ? CARMEN ? will be in consideration - not just you - YOU FIGURE OUT THE FINAL MOMENT Aaron DECIDED TO TAKE HIS LIFE - YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE FINAL SECONDS - THE FINAL INSTANT - 

ON THAT- ENTIRE LINEAGE - we have ALREADY PROCURED IT - EVERYONE THAT IS A PART OF YOUR LIFE - BECOMES - 


PART OF AARONS DEATH


RESIGN 


THREAT ? 


No


PROMISE


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

People NEED TO KNOW - how the DOJ BULLIES

You want to see a BULLY CARMEN ? 

TRY THE CIA  - 

TRY ? MIT ALUMNI in places you don't EVEN GET ACCESS TO

POST RESIGNATION ? 

You will be LUCKY TO SUSTAIN YOURSELF - and TAKE THAT WORDING CAREFULLY 

YOU JUST DON'T GET IT


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

I think DARPA wants this kind of press.

personally.


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Let us not play these games.
LETTER OF APOLOGY
RESIGNATION 
and DoD OFFERS UP FREE SERVER TIME to RENDER UNNECESSARY Aaron's efforts.
Anything less ?
SHOW TIME !

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Or- Orz -EOR - EORZy - ZYORZI -ORTZITX - ORBITX - ORBITZ - IZAZI 

Wait - let me make this CLEAR

ORZIT - ORTIZ - TORIZ - TRIZO - 


ORTIZ - that's it - 

Would you like to know your first ? second ? or THIRD COUSIN'S PURCHASE with their MASTERCARD ? 

PERHAPS BALANCE AT AN FFIEC GERMANE TO MIDDLESEX ? 


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Reif writes:

Although Aaron had no formal affiliation with MIT, I am writing to you now because he was beloved by many members of our community and because MIT played a role in the legal struggles that began for him in 2011.

Oh no - Reif - 


You do NOT UNDERSTAND the people that have come before you.


AsadHasan
AsadHasan

"since JSTOR’s mission is to foster widespread access to the world’s body of scholarly knowledge" - F*** YOU GUYS, your only mission is to monetize knowledge, WIKIPEDIA IS ENOUGH FOR US.

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

NYT had a free run at DOJ OSI - but the unredacted wasn't after all TOTALLY UNREDACTED

Seems DoD is chiming in at more SUICIDE DEATHS than COMBAT deaths 

How's that job Carmen ? Feelin' good ? protecting people from those terrorists ? 

35 years eh ? Aaron faced up to 35 years ? 

Based on OUR evaluation of YOU CARMEN ? you have ABOUT 35 years left.

How do you wish to live it ? 

I'd resign - or ? we WILL RELEASE.


Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Gee- 35 years on JSTOR

I'd hate to think what DOJ OSI leak runs at.


PeripateticNumpty
PeripateticNumpty

@KaitHensleyWhy would someone sign that brain-dead petition?  It's not even grammatically correct, as if someone dashed it of in a hurry and with little thought.  No wonder it's gotten a whopping hundred supporters.  :D

JordiHeguilor
JordiHeguilor

@cybervigilante2 Pons and Fleishman never reproduced their own results.  They were publicity hounds, they were wrong, stop trying to beatify them.


Their setup was a table top experiment, easy and cheap to reproduce.  THEY WERE WRONG.  So stop leonizing these two Titanic helmsmen...

alain.coetmeur
alain.coetmeur

@cybervigilante2  

note also the the work of Jed Rothwell on lenr-canr.org, allowed  the community of LENR to have access to some hidden papers. anyway, since he respect copyright many papers stay protected and slow innovation.

The fraud of MIT replication is not the worst. the experiment calorimetry was absolutely loose and even with the read data, thet would only have doubt... the real crime is the activise against LENR.

The magazine, like Nature and Sciece, and supported by SciAm, have also great responsibility in rejecting good papers, and blocking awareness of the public of what science have accumulated as evidence (tritium, heat, he4, transmutation)....

How to understand that Oriani paper was rejected after a positive peer-review, that ENEA report 41 by deninno and rubbia get simply ignored... that Caltech and MIT broken calorimetry, and other patholigic rebuttal, did not get reexamined...

Not a surprise that the revival of the domain came from businessmen (National Instruments, Defkalion, Rossi, Prometeon), and from a scientist whose discovery of high temperature superconducting at CERN was rejected because impossible (Celani)... until someone else finally break the wall of denial...

the counter example is surprisingly Naturwissenschaften, that even hired a LENR editor (Storms).

Note that there are more and more reports that the influence of big journals is weakening, that good papers get published anywhere in big or small journals, that pay to publish an pay to read journals introduce more bad behaviors than quality.  Peer review is more and more questioned as pal-review, especially on controversial subjects... and loose otherwise...

far beyond what that drama about Swartz, or the fraud at MIT on LENR in 89, there is a great problem with science "administration" blocking innovation, like it happens in dying corporation.

the problem is that today, the scientific community is so global that if the heart of science administration is corrupted, then there is no place to avoid it... the rule of funding , the reference of truth are the same... 

we need more biodiversity in science, and opensourcing the sciences papers might help to create some independent circles, and islands, where new ideas can be worked on, funded...common criteria is the enemy. wee need controversy, schools of idea, opposed funding criteria, ... we only have politically correct funding, centralization, commons criteria...

Maybe it is not so bad, because anyway, despite MIT&al blocking, ther were island that developed a LENR science in Italy (enea), in japan corps (toyota, mitsubishi), and in some US hidden garage (SRI, Nasa, spawar, nrl)... problem was just funding and sharing.

 --

AlainCo tech watcher on LENR-forum.com.

If you want evidence, about what I claim, ask me... I have the evidences, papers, article, story, links and thousand more,. however you can find them easily if you know how to use internet, and read my words.

Home nobody else have to die or suicide to make things advance. Science advance one funeral at a time. Maybe increase of life expectancy is the problem.

PeripateticNumpty
PeripateticNumpty

@IskenderElRusi There was no "overreach", just a prosecutor prosecuting the laws she is sworn and paid to prosecute, after being handed a grand jury indictment.  At least two different plea deals were offered, involving four and six months of incarceration, and many of those jumping on the Swartz bandwagon are doing so only after his death, probably without even knowing of his existence beforehand.  

The petition has zero chance of succeeding.  In the end, no one is going to force prosecutors to offer zero jail time in such situations; that's what the petition boils down to, bleating about "overreach" because of the possibility of relatively minor jail time if a conviction had been reached at trial, after the defendant rejected multiple plea deals.

PeripateticNumpty
PeripateticNumpty

@yjtang Segal later stated that his library analogy (which is stupid in the extreme) was not related to the Swartz case at all.  MIT was not required to follow JSTOR's lead, nor should Swartz have gotten off scot-free, in my opinion, for his massive data theft in an unlawful attempt to destroy a nonprofit organization.

PeripateticNumpty
PeripateticNumpty

@Timothy.Miltz Your post is too long and ill-informed to read.  In fact I couldn't get past the first sentence, where you claimed that U.S. Attorney Ortiz sentenced Swartz to 35 years in prison.  Try to read up before you spew next time.

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

BOLIVIA - my keyboard doesn't keep up with press rate.

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

@AsadHasan Refrain - wikileaks will resound choirs of angels singing - 

To the DISCORD of United States Department of State

An ENTIRE NEW Yellow Brick Road has emerged on this story- 

in part for fun

in part - for not.


KerryWright
KerryWright

@PeripateticNumpty @cybervigilante2 AWWW!  The reality of it all comes to play through you.  That is the crux of this is'nt it, that imformation belongs to one peron,orgainistion, library, what?  The original thinker, does that mean the theory of relativity, should now be locked in the shriveled dead brian , of it's originator?  Should that imformation be like the evils of Pandora's box, the lid is lifted so it's there for all to be poisoned by.  At what point does the research tech. in India, get clued in that the vacine that he has been working on to cure cancer, was tried the same way twenty years prior, so he has just waisted ten years of his life his study, his research.  Would that not have been nice if that imformation was available, and he could have persued the correct path.  But I am sure you are correct, everything must be protected.

genessender
genessender

@PeripateticNumpty @cybervigilante2 By signing on to the persecution of Swartz. After all, if you have to protect your library, sending someone to prison for 35 years with a $4 million fine is perfectly reasonable. Say, you wouldn't happen to be Carmen Ortiz, would you?

Gerrit
Gerrit

@JordiHeguilor
 

"Pons and Fleishman [sic] never reproduced their own results" - wrong

"They were publicity hounds" - wrong

"Their setup was a table top experiment," - correct

"easy and cheap to reproduce." - wrong, very difficult to reproduce.

3 wrong out of 4. You haven't got a clue.

genessender
genessender

@PeripateticNumpty @IskenderElRusi Well, Carmen, it's a well-known truth that you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. And the law that you were supporting is decades old and extremely vague. And the "plea deals" you offered included jail time and pleading guilty to 13 felonies, and going bankrupt defending himself, despite the "victim" acknowledging that no one had been harmed. And why does it matter if people hadn't heard of Swartz before you and Heymann decided to destroy his life?

The petition may not succeed, but I think your run for governor of Massachusetts is over, and that's really what destroying Swartz was about--crushing internet activists, looking like you're "tough on crime" (while letting corporate criminals skate, again and again), and revving up your political career. Good luck with that now.

paindeer
paindeer

@timewarp @Timothy.Miltz 


Timewarp - Larry Craig can flash his SENATOR CARD

I'll FLASH LARRY with the GHOSTS of 3 stars off the wall he never respected.


paindeer
paindeer

@timewarp @Timothy.Miltz 


NO, Larry Craig and John Ashcroft are the sick fcks - 

Have you SEEN THE UNREDACTED DOJ REPORT ON LARRY CRAIG ? 

He flashes a card "What do you think about that ?"

REALLY ? 


Given a choice - I'll side with the police officer - and leave former Senator Craig - to go privatize the state of Idaho - after all- 1 year in prison is justice for 1 gram of marijuana ? and Abu Ghraib was a FINE IDEA eh ? 


And you call ME A SICK F ? 



PeripateticNumpty
PeripateticNumpty

@genessender @PeripateticNumpty @cybervigilante2 Nope--I'm just not a poser, given to contributing to false martyrdom.  There was no "persecution"; the suggestion is stupid, and just proves that you know little of the facts of the case.  Swartz was never going to be sent to prison, nor would he have faced a fine of a million dollars in reality (not sure where you're getting your $4 million figure).  

Say, you wouldn't happen to be a "hacktivist", would you?  A tip: no amount of twisting facts, or pleading a higher moral cause, justifies crime.  Don't commit crime; instead, work to change laws through the proper channels.

PeripateticNumpty
PeripateticNumpty

@genessender @PeripateticNumpty @IskenderElRusi It's a well-known truth, as in completely false and ridiculous hyperbole?  Can you name an indicted ham sandwich, dolt?  Hint: sound bites don't take the place of argumentation.  

It was the defendant's right to reject the plea deals.  {shrug}  Nor did he have to bankrupt himself, though he chose to.  And under your false logic, attempted murder would not be punishable because "no one was harmed"; never mind the attempt, eh?

You are self-defeating; it's not much fun to argue against you.