Police found the body of a prominent critic of Obama's targeted individual kill list Aaron Swartz, 26, in his apartment Friday in New York City borough of Brooklyn, the city's chief medical examiner said Friday.
The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide by hanging, but Press TV calls the incident a "mysterious death."
Swartz was among many individuals who have defended the rights of targeted individuals by publicly criticizing Obama’s so-called targeted kill list and other policies.
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has codified targeting and killing innocent individuals.
"If someone with their finger on the trigger decides to take the view that criticizing government is providing aid and comfort to the enemy, then the critic could become a target," Amnesty International has stated about Obama's NDAA.
In 2011, Swartz publicly criticized the US and Israeli for their joint cyber attacks against Iran.
Obama has been approving names on the “kill lists” in the targeted killing operations conducted by United States assassination drones.
"Every week or so, more than 100 members of the US national security team gather via secure video teleconference run by the Pentagon and go over the biographies of suspects," Press TV reports.
The team also “nominates” those who should be targeted in attacks.
"Obama is then provided with the identities of those put on the 'kill list' and signs off on every strike," Press TV reports, adding that those strikes are in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.
Drones have also been deployed in the United States.
Swartz was indicted for wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer related to downloading roughly 4 million academic journal articles from JSTOR.
The indictment against him stated Swartz surreptitiously attached a laptop to MIT's computer network, which allowed him to "rapidly download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR."
Prosecutors in the case claim Swartz acted with the intention of making the papers available on P2P file-sharing sites.
At the time of his death, Swartz faced a maximum of $1 million in fines and over 35 years in prison after the government increased the number of felony counts against him from 4 to 13.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes summarized the charges saying, "At the time of his death, Aaron was being prosecuted [...] for the crime of -- and I'm not exaggerating here -- 'Downloading too many free articles.'"
The Obama administration declined to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.
On a memorial Web site dedicated to Swartz, friends and family state, "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place."
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