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Why Not to Trust the Government/Business/Academic Complex

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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/

  1. Truckdrvr
    January 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    This is in no way a simple matter. What Andrew did was, by his own admission, clearly malicious, but is it illegal? My two cents is that the statement he put out was very misleading in that he not only quarried the web servers, but then took that information and planned to use it against the company. So yeah, the guy was clearly stepping in to a legal grey area and I would bet he was fully aware of it.

    Again, I don’t know whether his actions were legal or not as that is for the courts to decide, but this is a question that many intelligent people are still struggling to answer.

  2. January 23, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I thought you might find this of interest as well when considering why the government is doing what it’s doing.

    Glenn Greenwald

    The Untouchables: How the Obama administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions | Glenn Greenwald

  3. January 23, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I was taught as a child that words have exact meanings and one should learn what a word means. I pull this definition out on a regular basis. From the American Heritage Dictionary;

    Fascism (n.) A system of goverment that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically throught the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.

  4. Sigh
    January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Truckdrvr, please quote where Andrew claimed to have malicious intent. You’re transposing your opinion onto his actions. Exposing security flaws should be lauded, not criminalized. We’re all safer because of people like Andrew.

  5. Mitch
    January 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Your honor, Mr. Truckdrvr not only read my public posting but argued against it.

  6. That Man
    January 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    i call it the pseudo-theocratic-plutocracy of America INC.

    fact: we have never been a republic,

  7. January 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Re public = no people. As far as government (control mind) goes, we unknowingly/ live with a monarchy, set-up as a Corp. Corporatism.

  8. Elmer Fudd
    January 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    So there!

  9. Elmer Fid
    January 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Cwazy wabbit!

  10. Anonymous
    January 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Forest Queen :
    Re public = no people. As far as government (control mind) goes, we unknowingly/ live with a monarchy, set-up as a Corp. Corporatism.

    You’d have a much better chance at getting through to people, even mind-controlled people, if your posts more closely resembled coherent thoughts.

  11. Anonymous
    January 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    The least government can do is treat the 100 billion dollar a year advertising monolith like a utility and regulate it accordingly.

    Government is the only contravening power that ordinary people have to the excesses of Wall Street’s merchants of confusion, our undeniable “masters” who’s incessant drum beat of “a world of plenty for the deserving” has reduced a nation’s people to obedient dogs doing exactly as told…”go ahead and burn a ton of jet fuel for ten days in Bali…forget about global warming, deforestation, extinction, disease, buy that Hummer, remodel that kitchen, fill your garage to the ceiling with landfill-ready crap…sound familiar? It’s pure insanity.

    The indigenous people of South America know more about this world from their tiny Chinese A.M. radios than the average American with some college education.

  12. Truckdrvr
    January 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    @Sigh – Here you go: “I did this because I despised people I think are unjustly wealthy and wanted to embarass them”. Any other requests?

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