Why Not to Trust the Government/Business/Academic Complex
Conservatives have a really good point when they express worry about government overreach. Thing is, it usually seems to me that when the government overreaches these days, it’s doing it in support of big business. (I don’t recall the local or national government demanding, for example, that Occupy protesters be allowed to stay in bank lobbies. In fact, the governments coordinated with businesses about how to deal with protesters in public locations.)
But I digress. Let’s get back to government overreach. Case in point: after the suicide of Aaron Swartz, it emerges that the government is jailing this gentleman, Andrew Auernheimer, for exposing AT&T incompetence.
Andrew Auernmheimer writes:
I thought this is the United States of America where we have the right to do basic arithmetic and query public webservers.
I was convicted of two consecutive five-year felonies, and am now awaiting sentencing.
The alliance of an overreaching government with huge business organizations and the wealthiest few in society… there must be a word for that. It’s at the tip of my tongue.
Meanwhile, the same problem exists to our north, but, fortunately, Canadian companies don’t like being outed as not-nice — it seems unCanadian: http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/30346/canadian-student-threatened-expelled-and-then-hired/