The bathetic story of Aaron Swartz continues with this account of his friend/girlfriend’s account of her gutting by federal prosecutors.
At least the poor girl wised up eventually. Unfortunately she had spent enough time flapping her gums to give the not-terribly-bright apparatchiks helpful information to make things much worse for her friend.
I don’t know if it’s right but I feel only a little sympathy for these foolish children. Mostly I feel disgust and revulsion for everyone involved. Swartz and Norton were crushed like bugs, but they were crushed by a system they worshiped. Swartz didn’t want to be a felon because he wanted to vote. He wanted to work in the White House. He didn’t want to drag frightened, helpless people into windowless rooms to be harangued and intimidated, but he wanted to be one of the people who decided who got the treatment.
Norton fails to mention this all happened under the regime of Obama, whom she no doubt worships, and his AG Holder. These people got their wet dream, a black progressive President and a black progressive AG. Who destroyed them. The government is no different under Obama than Bush not because it is always fascist, but because it is always progressive.
Couple lessons here. One, never do anything illegal. Swartz thought being a progressive activist made him immune. How much less an opponent of the system can break the rules. Two, cooperating with law enforcement is stupid. Tell them nothing. If they press, get the best lawyer you can, who if he is worth anything will also tell you to tell them nothing.
Or you’ll wind up like Aaron Swartz, or possible worse his girlfriend. I’m not sad it happened to them, but I don’t want it to happen to you.