Anyone who read my last post knows that the death of Aaron was hard on me, as it was to many in the Pirate community. Today the war for the Internet and civil liberties has developed into a new battle in Op: Last Resort.
A group of Anonymous members hacked the Sentencing Commission website (apparently more than once), and when they did they were able to collect information that is presumably embarrassing to the US Federal Government.
“Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed,” says the video released by the Anons. “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.”
Usually I would support these actions passively and go about my business, but as I have posted before, there are times for actions. We have the Pirate Party which fights to change things on the long term, but there must be those of us who act out side of the party who do bigger things to create change by force. We don’t walk down the street and watch someone kick a puppy and then loby for legislative change to stop it… we take direct action to intervine. The general public is ignorant and willfully so, and so there must be those of us who take action which might upset some people because we are acting with direct (non-violent) force to stop an injustice.
My fork of the Kopimist Church with funding from The Ultimate Ebook Library have launched a website to make it easy to share links to download the files, you can find it here. I wish there was more that I can do to take direct action, but for now this will have to do. I encourage other people to take the actions that are needed to impede commerce for those who support oppression and to free information hidden from us by our governments.