Does anyone know if James had taken a short hiatus between jobs to travel by motorcycle for a while in Southern California? I ran it someone one day at The Rock Store that had worked with Aaron Swartz and a friend and I had a great conversation with him and I’m now wondering whether it was James.
Just when I clicked https://securedrop.org/, my company's corporate firewall blocked it. I can't start to imagine how much adversity the world has imposed onto these brave warriors.
Very nice tribute.
There was another piece* posted to HN today about how psychologically traumatic and life altering it can be to kill someone accidentally under circumstances where you couldn't have predicted it nor prevented it. Veterans are often deeply scarred by their wartime experiences and may not share them in order to protect other people from the horrors of war.
My father fought in both WW2 and Vietnam. He died in his late 80s. Only after his death did it occur to me that he told humorous stories about Vietnam, but never spoke of WW2. I infer that if Vietnam was joke worthy in his eyes, WW2 was unspeakable.
I wish we had a better track record for helping veterans with the mental health issues that so often grow out of serving their country.
Good lord this is chilling. It makes me terribly sad to think about the mental torture some people go through that leads them to such an act.
Now we have two suicides of people working in this facet of human right activism. At what number should we start thinking about foul play? There are ways to push people to such extreme acts.
I'm really not familiar with SecureDrop or James Dolan's activism. Does anyone familiar with him want to summarize for me/us?
really horrible, sorry to hear. awful loss for us all.
It’s terrible that he served our country and was thrown away. He is a true American and patriot.
Can any of the HN Admins set the title bar to black? IIRC, thats the custom for a "death in the family".
First Aaron Swartz, now James Dolan. Sad to see good people like them leave us. Hope they inspire some other wonderful people to follow their steps.
EDIT: Well, obviously not all their steps.
Those that pursue defend and protect the truth will always attacked degraded mocked humiliated by those who the cloak of falsehood allows them to appear righteous . But in the end James Dolan will be recorded and remembered in history with the passing of time as one of the few of honour in a dark twisted false world . He stood bright last ke a light house as storms raged around him for the protection of others .
Heroes die young.
It turns out he helped to invade Iraq. Why doesn't American and global society shun people who cause such devastating destruction? That needlessly led to the deaths of 100's of thousands of people, but nobody blames the perpetrators.
Like with Aaron Swartz “suicide” should be in quotes. I don’t believe in coincidences when the US government is involved.
This one really got to me, my confidence is shot when I see people I really respect struggling and succumbing to the same despair I feel sometimes. On an even darker note, anyone hear anything suspicious about this... ?
Why is the date of the post "Tomorrow"?
I had to research a bit as I recall an identical story about JStor and a computer programmer from a few years ago.
Seems incredibly similar to this situation and on both accounts this is terribly sad to see.
Anyone else find it highly suspicious that literally both of the main people involved in building a whistleblower system "killed themselves"?