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Published 6 years ago by AdelleChattre with 3 Comments
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  • idlethreat
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    While I'm sure Aaron was a pretty bright fellow, and loved by his peers, the fact remains that he made unauthorized copies of data which was not his to copy. Upset by the circumstances surrounding his resulting prosecution, he ended his life.

    How, in any way, does this make him a hero in any way, shape, or form? He was young. He was bright. He could have helped change thing for the better. Instead, he took the coward's way out.

    • AdelleChattre (edited 6 years ago)
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      he made unauthorized copies of data which was not his to copy

      Some folks believe U.S. law and case law does belong to the people. Aaron wasn't, and isn't, the only one to think so. Nor was he the only one civic-minded enough to wrest that legacy free. You quite make it sound like he was stealing hood ornaments for sport. Me, I'm more inclined to think that exclusivist monopolists that charge the public for what is public information are the thieving sort, myself.

      Upset by the circumstances surrounding his resulting prosecution

      He was hounded to his death by an overzealous prosecutor wielding overbroad laws wrongly applied in his case. While I don't know for sure, I'll bet you're still at least partly misinformed by outright lies and distortions spread by that notorious prosecutor.

      he ended his life. How, in any way, does this make him a hero in any way, shape, or form?

      Are seriously trying to say that his death is the only reason he's remembered? Or just that he's remembered for being a thief?

      He could have helped change thing for the better

      He has. He does.

      Instead, he took the coward's way out.

      It doesn't take too many military funerals, with honors, for friends that've committed suicide to realize that it's not a "coward's way out."

      Now, maybe you've got suicidal tendencies and it's important, for you, to think of it that way because you've got the noose around your neck already and you're one foot away from dangling freely. So I'm not going to say anything more on this point, other than to underline that suicidal fits can come over even the very brave, the very altruistic, and heroes as it appears that one such fit came over Aaron.

    • ckshenn
      +2

      It doesn't. At least not to me.

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