More and more has been happening with the Jacob Appelbaum case. For those of you who don’t know what is going on, Jacob Appelbaum is (or rather was since he resigned his position) at the TOR Project, a software application to help protect anonymity on the internet. A website (http://jacobappelbaum.net/) got created out of nowhere to document all of Appelbaum’s alleged rapes and sexual assaults. It has all of the hallmarks of being nothing but false accusations. The crimes that Appelbaum are supposed to have committed unspecified or poorly specified. They are also mostly unfalsifiable except in one case that was reported by witnesses, but the supposed victim insists she was not sexually assaulted. (This is exactly the same thing that happened at CSU.) It’s also a social media campaign with a call for others to come forward to join the social media campaign. None of that involves going to the police or taking any legal action whatsoever.
That last part is very important. One of Appelbaum’s accusers objects to due process and the legal system because it is “violent towards accusers”. This is basically the same argument that is being used by the women at the University of Tennessee who are suing to end due process because they believe due process violates their rights. In other words, this woman wants to completely eliminate due process. Additionally, that same woman objects to being described as a lynch mob:
I was troubled by some of the misguided defenses of Jake. People speaking up were dismissed as a lynch mob — an ahistorical and offensive way to describe a critical mass of people who had previously been silenced and were demanding accountability.
This is the exact same argument that the KKK would use to lynch black men, especially if a white woman was falsely accusing a black man of rape. Everyone who is accusing Appelbaum of anything is morally equivalent to the KKK now.
Instead of due process and a real evidence based investigation conducted by police, the accusers want something called “transformative justice”. From what I can tell is half gibberish and half complete totalitarianism. Take a look at some of the steps involved in “transformative justice”:
0. Jake must be excluded from all community activities as a precondition for healing.
1. We must believe victims, and continue to foster an environment where they feel safe to report their stories of abuse.
“Transformative justice” is just another term for getting rid of due process and legal standards like innocent until proven guilty. It doesn’t even replace innocent until proven guilty with guilty until proven innocent. Under guilty until proven innocent an innocent man still has a chance of being declared innocent sometimes. “Transformative justice” is guilty forever with no possibility of proving innocence. The court systems of the most totalitarian nations that have ever lived (including the Soviet Union) weren’t this bad.
It’s obvious that all of the accusations against Appelbaum are false. Any criminal accusation made by someone who wants to eliminate due process must be a lie. Anyone who has a legitimate criminal accusation against someone would not be afraid of due process.