Vatic Note: This is what I have been trying to say to everyone. This was a real Jewish man who was like those I grew up with. He was an idealist, was against unjust laws, and used peaceful means under civil disobedience to affect change and prevailed. He was a hero and died as one.
Please read this below and if you get a chance watch the documentary, it is well worth it. Its why I try to make the distinction between those who are ruling the world as Satanists from men like Aaron, who are deeply affected by such satanic acts that we have seen, and he spent his young life fighting for right.
Read this and see what you think.
Internet Martyr Aaron Swartz is Immortalized in Film
By Henry Makow, PHD, January 30, 2015
Must-see documentary tells the story
of charismatic champion of freedom.
Unjust laws exist;
shall we be content to obey them,
or shall we endeavor to amend them
and obey them until we have succeeded,
or shall we transgress them at once?
--Henry David Thoreau
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
A reader, Mary Lynn, tipped me to a documentary The Internet's Own Boy, (2014) written and directed by Brian Knappenberger, and released last summer, 17 months after Aaron's suicide Jan 11, 2013.
For some mysterious reason, this wonderful two-hour documentary did not get the media hype or word of mouth it deserved, and bombed in theatrical release. It is now available for free on YouTube which perhaps is appropriate given Aaron's work and its Kickstarter funding.
Aaron's suicide at the age of 26 was a tragic mistake. Many people believe he was murdered but that is true only in an indirect sense. The film makes it clear that he was a highly-strung young genius who was depressed by criminal charges against him.
Swartz easily could have turned his trial into a cause celebre and used it to advance the cause. He had already helped engineer an unprecedented nation-wide outcry that stopped a bill restricting Internet freedom. He could easily have done the same for himself. His Internet freedom lobby, Demand Progress.org, had 1.5 million members. His supporters were Obama voters, and ultimately, the President would have had to intervene with the Dept. of Justice.
Swartz got mired in a legal morass. He was spending millions on his legal defence. He should have dismissed his lawyers and stood on principle.
The principle was freedom of information. He had committed an act of civil disobedience. He believed that knowledge funded by the public should not be sold for profit by private corporations. He had downloaded millions of scholarly publications from the JSTOR archives at MIT, which he had intended to release for free.
He was charged with computer crime punishable by 30 years in prison and a million dollar fine. The government, led by prosecutor Stephen Heymann, wanted to make an example of him as a deterrent. This was a time when Wikileaks and Bradley Manning were in the news. Information had to be protected.
Swartz had thrown down the gauntlet in his "Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto." Information is power. Mankind's scholarly knowledge should not be controlled by private corporations for profit. "There is no justice in following unjust laws. It's time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture."
The documentary was made with the cooperation of the Swartz family and includes interviews with his parents, brothers, girlfriends and colleagues. Perhaps the most heartwarming aspect of the film are the home movies of Aaron as a child and teenage prodigy. When Internet experts demanded to know why this brilliant forum interlocutor didn't show up at events, Aaron had to confess his mother wouldn't let him. He was only 14!
The documentary is also notable as a portrait of true Jewish idealism, the genuine desire to make the world a better place that has been perverted and exploited by the Illuminati bankers. It's ironic that people so smart and decent also can be so easily duped (i.e. Communism, liberalism, feminism, homosexuality.)
And that also applies to Aaron's fate. He had demonstrated the power of the Internet to rouse millions of people to a political cause. Yet he failed to use this power to save himself.
FIRST COMMENT - MARY LYNN'S REVIEW:
Everyone in the truth movement should see the internet tribute to Aaron Swartz, entitled The Internet's Own Boy. That boy was a hero, and heroes don't come our way often in this life. I was touched to see how he could just never be happy or satisfied in the narrow constraints of earthly education, even in its supposedly finest institutions. He knew there was more, he knew there was better, and he knew he could access it, and then share it with everyone else! It was in his heart to share truth and knowledge with every other seeker, and to make it available to all.
What is our life but information? Aaron was all about making information, the truth that sets us free, available to all, without charge. He was a visionary and perhaps way too idealistic for this world, but, wasn't Our Lord, another fine young Jewish man hounded and harassed by the establishment of His day, also a visionary and an idealist? Both thought that idealism was possible and attainable, even is such a fallen world as ours has been, particularly in the last century, which some wag recently characterized as a huge mistake!
Our job is simply to continue on in the path they laid out for us, and that we will do.
Before I got the truth from the likes of Henry Makow, Des Griffin, Michael Collins Piper, Ed Hendrie, other visionaries and truth tellers, I was stuck in the establishment's religion and the establishment's veiled sense of history--and stuck there for forty-six years. The truth, available to me only over the internet, because the churches, the universities, the media and the book publishers were all bulwarks and founts of the establishment's narrow and confined mind set, set me free to know the truth! And it was to be found ONLY on the internet and via the brave men and women who posted it there.Thank God for the Internet and those who have lived and died to keep it free!
Aaron was all about letting the truth about EVERYTHING be set free, from dark cloisters and the dark hallways of power, lies, greed and deception. He saw a new world coming, and it is ours, if we continue to fight for it, stand for it, and speak for it. If anyone exemplified, understood, and lived out the Constitution and the rights it enabled us to have, it was this young man and his colleagues who fought to keep the internet free and viable for us all.
Let us not forget him. In seeing this documentary, we can see his father, his brothers, and his friends, and see the love and honor and respect they all held for this exceptional young man. For those of us who've never had the privilege of meeting or knowing Jewish Americans in our lifetimes, it is perhaps a chance to see the best of them, and the amazing love and humility and kindness that seems to pervade their lives and can even be seen shining preciously from their faces.
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