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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feds stumbling after Anonymous launches Operation Last Resort

Feds stumbling after Anonymous launches 'Operation Last Resort' | ZDNet: "Questions are now being raised on the dot-gov side of the 'operation.' Monday, a House panel issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder with seven specific questions, and demanding answers regarding the Swartz prosecution. With the letter to Holder, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requests a briefing with the Justice Department. CNET writes, "Many questions have been raised about the appropriate level of punishment sought by prosecutors for Mr. Swartz's alleged offenses, and how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, cited in 11 of 13 counts against Mr. Swartz, should apply under similar circumstances," [Reps. Issa and Cummings] say in the letter, which requests a briefing no later than February 4. The letter is another voice from the Federal side of the discussion, joining a chorus led by Democratic congresswoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren who has authored a bill called "Aaron's Law" that aims to change the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (with which Swartz was being prosecuted). It remains to be seen whether the actions of Anonymous have influenced federal action."

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Isn't is past time to rein in the power of the DOJ which  has so corrupted it?

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