Free Freedom of Information Requests, in honor of Aaron Swartz

Michael, from Muckrock (a site that helps you make Freedom of Information Act requests) sez, "Aaron Swartz was one of MuckRock's earliest users, and a steadfast friend and advisor. He regularly suggested that we make the site free for anyone to file a request, and so in his honor, we're doing that. Many of his own requests, on topics from the U.S. Mint to Bradley Manning to Domain Seizures, are public here. I was always struck by Aaron's confidence and sincerity when we spoke, and always sensed that to him, the latest charges were a game to be beaten. That it should end like this is too tragic for me to comprehend.


  1. What a wonderful and oh-so-appropriate tribute to this information warrior.

    During the 90’s, when I watched many of my young friends die, I heard this often, “The flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.”
    Still, it’s sad to say good-bye.

  2. Werther,

    …”The flame that burns twice as bright….” also spoken by arch villain Roy  in “Blade Runner.” In this young man’s reality, the statement is horrifically true.

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