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+ - Persecution of Barrett Brown and other internet freedom activists ->

An anonymous reader writes: Prosecutorial abuse is a drastically under-discussed problem in general, but it poses unique political dangers when used to punish and deter online activism. But it's becoming the preeminent weapon used by the US government to destroy such activism.

The pending federal prosecution of 31-year-old Barrett Brown poses all new troubling risks. That's because Brown — who has been imprisoned since September on a 17-count indictment that could result in many years in prison — is a serious journalist who has spent the last several years doggedly investigating the shadowy and highly secretive underworld of private intelligence and defense contractors, who work hand-in-hand with the agencies of the Surveillance and National Security State in all sorts of ways that remain completely unknown to the public. It is virtually impossible to conclude that the obscenely excessive prosecution he now faces is unrelated to that journalism and his related activism.

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