#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 19th, 2013 13:51
#2 By: Jim Saul, July 19th, 2013 14:50
Perhaps there's reason for MIT to fear disclosures because they may reveal embarrassing policies or events that were routinely applied far more broadly than just the persecution of Aaron Swartz.
#3 By: David Forbes, July 19th, 2013 15:15
Since when is the right to not be embarrassed by the revelation of your own actions part of the US Constitution?
#4 By: Austin Hamman, July 19th, 2013 15:52
that would be the 28th amendment section b:
"whosoever contributes substantially, or pledges to contribute substantially, to the reelection or one(1) or more congressmen shall have veto power over articles released under the Freedom of Information Act(FOIA)"
it's right below the section preventing major corporations with strong lobbies from being prosecuted under any law.
#5 By: miasm, July 19th, 2013 16:13
It's difficult to imagine the pyroclastic shit-storm the administration thinks they are avoiding by pursuing this course of action.
#6 By: Manny, July 19th, 2013 16:41
The worst thing that I can think of is that they were going to say "nevermind", but let the prosecutor pressure them into proceeding so the prosecutors could make an example of Aaron. Maybe some big benefactor leaned on them on behalf of the prosecutors. A quid pro quo with a dollar sign in front of it would be worth hiding.
#7 By: WotansWoodcraft, July 19th, 2013 17:13
They're trying to prevent loss of funding from a major player in the MIT monetization scheme they keep their campus afloat with... said major player is entirely culpable in hounding a young genius to his death and they don't want hoi polloi to know who said shitbird is.
#8 By: miasm, July 19th, 2013 18:33
#9 By: Another Kevin, July 19th, 2013 21:29
Maybe the pressure came from the Three-Letter Agencies, which are major research funders. "Nice Lincoln Labs you have there. Shame if anything happened to them." Just maybe.
#10 By: Cory Doctorow, July 24th, 2013 13:51
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