Jay, Andrew "Weev" Aurenheimer and Rob Sachs talked about free information on the internet, the persecutions of Aaron Swartz, Weev and Bradley Manning, and scrapping the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (See e.g.; 18 USC section 1030) such that we can start fresh with a sensible crimes computer law.
Afternoon Show → Hacktivist: Swartz’ Death Symbolizes ‘Prosecutorial Overreach’ in US
Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote a letter to the Justice Department and asked why the department was pursuing Swartz and what was the nature of the prosecution. In addition, they asked if Swartz’ known association with the opposition to SOPA was among the factors considered.
Host Rob Sachs spoke with Andrew Auernheimer, an internet hacktivist also known by the name Weev, and Jay Leiderman, a California-based attorney who represents notorious hacktivists like Anonymous, to talk about Swartz’ death and the reaction from the hacktivist community.
And, just for fun, and because this is a Voice of Russia interview, a picture Jay took in St. Petersburg Russia inside the political prison Peter and Paul Fortress. The picture is of the cell once occupied by Aleksandr Ilich Ulianov, the older brother of Vladimir Ilich (Ulainov) Lenin. It somehow seemed appropriate.