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Obama changes rules, ignores Aaron Swartz petition
Even Wired magazine expressed wonder at why Obama chose to ignore the signatures on the petition to ire the US Attorney responsible for the case of the late Aaron Swartz. It far exceeded the 25,000 signatures required for an official response at whitehouse.gov, which is the pride and joy of our President who came into office claiming information was for the people.
Less than 2 hours after a petition to remove Carmen Ortiz hit whitehouse.gov, President Obama raised the threshold for an official response from 25,000 to 100,000 signatures. DEMAND JUSTICE FOR AARON SWARTZ. Here's the petition - it already has 40,000 signatures. We can do it, then bring the ruckus to the bastard in chief who has declared information war against us.
This is the text you'll find on the official Whitehouse Site. Sign and demand a response.
"we petition the obama administration to:
Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but the who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a ruinous trial, life in prison and the ignominy and shame of being a convicted felon; for an alleged crime that the supposed victims did not wish to prosecute.
A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path