Dr. Kevin Barrett, one of America's best-known critics of the War on Terror, has raised questions about the death of Aaron Swartz, a prominent info-warrior and critic of President Obama's "kill list."
"As with so many freemasonic assassinations, including that of 'DC Madam' Deborah Jean Palfrey, Swartz was hanged. Naturally the police are calling it suicide," Dr. Barrett wrote in an article titled "Is Obama killing kill list critics?" published on Veterans Today.
According to Barrett, "Swartz's death raises the obvious question: Can you criticize Obama's barbarian, unconstitutional 'kill list' without ending up on it yourself?"
He wrote, "the problem with Obama's kill list is that it is targeting good people (like Aaron Swartz) not bad people (like names deleted for reasons of National Security). The bad people are the ones running the kill list. They are the ones who should be (remainder of sentence deleted for reasons of National Security)."
Barrett explained that "So let me hereby state that I am not only an inveterate opponent of Obama's kill list, I am so angry about it that I would support putting an end to it by any means, including (remainder of sentence deleted for reasons of National Security). So shoot me."
"Please note that I'm a practicing Muslim, so suicide is out of the question," he said.
Swartz was openly critical of the White House's policy of drone strikes against suspected terrorists. Now it's being reported that the founder of the message board site, Reddit, loudly voiced his disapproval of the White House's "kill list". Gather.com
"Every week or so, more than 100 members of the U.S. national security team gather via secure video teleconference run by the Pentagon and go over the biographies of suspects in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, and "nominate" those who should be targeted in the attacks," Swartz once wrote on his blog. The New York City medical examiner deemed the death suicide by hanging, but there are still so many questions about the mysterious tragedy. Gather.com
Two days after Swartz killed himself in the face of charges he stole journal articles from MIT, university President L. Rafael Reif said the university will start an internal investigation into its role in Swartz's prosecution. suntimes.com
Swartz faced 35 years in prison for stealing 4.8 million scholarly journal articles and documents from subscription-only archive JSTOR. The articles were stored on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer network. suntimes.com
JSTOR later dropped charges against Swartz and chose to open the archives to the public for free on a limited basis. suntimes.com
"I want to express very clearly that I and all of us at MIT are extremely saddened by the death of this promising young man who touched the lives of so many," Reif said in the statement issued Sunday. "It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy." suntimes.com
In a statement Saturday, Swartz's family in Chicago expressed bitterness toward federal prosecutors pursuing the case against him in Massachusetts. Newsday
"Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death," they said. Newsday