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Conservatives Should Take the Lead Against Government Injustice

absinthe48 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 9:29 AM
All federal prosecutions are essentially political in motivation. As you mention, the crimes created by administrative regulation are so numerous and so broad-reaching that the government has made criminals of us all. When federal prosecutors, with near-absolute discretion to pick and choose their cases, decide to go after someone it is with a political motive in mind. Perhaps the motive is good -- a high-profile case that will draw attention to nefarious practice. Sometimes the motive is bad -- to enforce corporate property rights in a heavy-handed way. But the motive is always political.

If you think a twenty-something ought to be tossed in federal prison for 35 years because he tried to download some musty academic journal articles without permission, you are a lot things, but a conservative is not one of them.

You might be relieved to know that Aaron Swartz, one of the internet geniuses behind RSS and Reddit.com, will not be imprisoned for a third of a century. Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself after the United States attorney prosecuting the case generously offered him the alternative of pleading guilty to a felony, paying a crippling fine...