June 2005 Archives

The Extradition Act 2003 is causing some disquiet amongst Members of Parliament, from across the political spectrum.

The colourful Tory MP Boris Johnson has an Early Day Motion which has now attaracted the signatures of 48 [update 26th January 2006: now 140] Members of Parliament. An Early Day Motion is not binding on the Government, but it does publicly demonstrate a level of concern about this issue.

EDM 241


"EXTRADITION ACT 2003

26.05.2005

Johnson, Boris

That this House urges the Government to defer approving the extradition to the United States of any British subjects until such time as the United States Senate ratifies the Extradition Treaty of March 2003; further calls upon the Government to amend the Extradition Act 2003 (Designation of Part 2 Territories) Order 2003 and replace it with a new Order which requires the United States to supply prima facie evidence to accompany its extradition requests to the United Kingdom, as the UK has to do in relation to an extradition from the US; and further calls upon the Government to amend the Extradition Act 2003 to reflect the terms of Article 7 of the European Convention of Extradition on Place of Commission."

The Extradition Act 2003, where no prima facie evidence needs to be presented to a Uk Court, for extradition to a Part 2 Category 2 country i.e. one with an allegedly similar legal system to that of the United Kingdom, has some other pending cases, where extradition is being sought by the United States authorities.

We have already mentioned the case of Babar Ahmad - you can read the Bow Street Magistrates' Court judgement here (.pdf)

There is another pending case which may also set a legal precedent, which could affect Gary McKinnon's case.

This is the case of the so called Enron NatWest Three.

According to The Times

Gary McKinnon and media interviews.

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Various print and tv media people are busy trying to contact Gary McKinnon. Most seem sympathetic, but you never can tell how an interview with the media will actually end up on the printed page or on the screen, once the "editors" have done their stuff.

Gary is currently working through the list of journalists and tv documentary makers who have been trying to contact him.

Contacting Gary is, of course more difficult than it should be, due to his bail conditions which prevent him from using email.

He is even being asked for (unpaid) expert commentary on things that he does not profess any special knowledge of, such as the security of the proposed UK National Identity Card and centralised biometric database

Either contact him via his solictor's legal office at Kaim Todner, or you can email us and we will pass on your interview requests.

Gary McKinnon has met today with his legal solicitors Kaim Todner, and has been given printouts of the various bits of correspondence and messages of support which have been forwarded to him via their office.

What is still missing is a written copy of the Bail Conditions.

Apart from the £5000 bail, and the restriction on applying for a Passport or travel document, which are fair enough conditions to ensure his appearance at the next extradition hearing, there is also the controversial ban on using the Internet.

He also has to sign in to a Police Station every day, and to sleep at his home address, although there is no curfew, per se.

It does appear that the District Judge Christopher Pratt said that Gary was banned from using "any computer connected to the internet".

Presumably the Judge does not understand that nowadays, in the 21st century, every Mobile Phone and Plain Old Telephone System landline, is part of a "computer connected to the internet". Was it really his intention to impose such a draconian bail condition ?

Gary has had literally years since his first arrest, when he could have abused his unrestricted access to the internet or to the phone system, but obviously, he has not done so. What possible bearing does this bail condition have on the forthcoming extradition hearing ?

For an IT worker this also makes finding a job almost impossible, and it hampers his attempts to gather support for his legal defence. Since the prosecution are not similarly constrained from using the internet, this "inequality of arms" could be construed as breaching Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to a fair trial, as enacted by the UK Human Rights Act 1998.

As with the people currently under Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 Control Orders, if there is reasonable suspicion of involvement in further alleged serious crimes, then the authorities can apply for a phone and or internet tap warrant signed by the Home Secretary. Banning someone from using the Internet or a Phone would be counterproductive, in terms of any intelligence gathering.

If such a warrant is already in place, on Gary's exisiting mobile phones and internet accounts, in order to see if he complies with the bail conditions, then he might as well be allowed to make use of them, knowing for sure that they are being monitored, and that, say, legally priviliged correspondence between him and his lawyers is safeguarded under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

If his phones and internet accounts are being monitored , but without a warrant signed by Home Secretary Charles Clarke, then whoever is doing this monitoring, even if they work for the UK Police or secret services, is breaking the law, and faces up to 2 years in jail.

There are fewer legal safeguards under RIPA concerning Communications Data i.e. traffic analysis, itemised phone bills, who emails who, which websites have been visited etc.

FCW: Army rebuilds network defenses after hacks

It looks as if the US Army has still been having problems with computer intrusions via NIPRNET:

Army rebuilds network defenses after hacks
CIO responds with enterprise consolidation initiative

BY Frank Tiboni
Published on Jun. 13, 2005
Federal Computer Week

The Army has spent millions of dollars in the past year and a half to rebuild networks at major U.S. bases after hackers penetrated its systems, Army and industry officials said.

The incidents at the bases were serious enough that Army information technology officials pulled the plug on the connection to the Defense Department's Non-classified IP Router Network (NIPRNET)."

Black Helicopter conspiracy theories.

The comment "Interesting blog though. Real black helicopter conspiracy stuff." has got us thinking about popular "Black Helicopter" and "UFO" conspiracy theories, cults and religions.

<BLACK HELICOPTERS>
It is well known, that as part of the tightening up of security procedures following the surprise attacks of September 11th 2001, the US Government and Military has removed quite a lot of information from their public websites which perhaps they should never have published in the first place e.g. detailed plans of Nuclear Power Stations etc.

It is not unreasonable to suppose that some data formerly available on the NIPRNET (Unclassified but Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network) has now been re-classified and requires a higher level of military security clearance to access it, probably on the SIPRNET (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network).

It is not inconceivable, that if Gary McKinnon is extradited to the USA to face the current list of charges, if his lawyers have not been careful to get a promise that the "principle of speciality applies, i.e. that "an individual may only be tried for the offences cited in the extradition request, on the basis of the definition of the offences applicable at that time", he might be facing espionage charges, for accessing wghat used to be unclassified data, but which has now been re-classified as secret data in the intervening three and a half years.

Even if extra espionage charges are not forthcoming, any references to what is today militarliy secret data, might be enough for the US civil court to impose reporting restrictions and for the trial to be held in camera, behind closed doors.

This is almost certainly what would happen in a British court (another practical reason not to extradite Gary to the USA)

Alternatively, the need for specially security vetted lawyers and judges, for the court to have access to what is now Secret or Top Secret information (even though it used to be publically available) might be enough some behind the scenes puppet master to get President Bush to rubber stamp an Executive Order declaring Gary McKinnon an "enemy combatant" and handing him over to a Military Tribunal, a free holiday in sunny Guantanamo Bay, or free flights on "Extraordinary Rendition" airways to have a personal interview with the third world military and secret police graduates of the "School of the Americas" / "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" which Gary is also alleged to have been interested in.
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Errr.. hang on a second, this is all quite plausible !

Independent on Sunday: Peter Sommer interview

The Independent on Sunday reports:

Focus: Is he the most dangerous hacker on earth, or a net nerd who struck unlucky?

It is the key question dividing experts, as US prosecutors seek Gary McKinnon's extradition. Tim Luckhurst reports
12 June 2005


US prosecutors say Gary McKinnon is the biggest military computer hacker of all time, a malicious and highly sophisticated cyber-criminal who committed a grave intrusion into vital systems "when we, as a nation, had to summon all of our defences against further attack".

Vital systems ? Connected directly or indirectly to the Internet ?

The Guardian: Mathew "Kuji" Bevan interview

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The Guardian reports:

"Pentagon's pursuit of 'scapegoat' hacker hides real threat from the web

Criminal gangs taking over from amateur hobbyists

Owen Bowcott
Saturday June 11, 2005
The Guardian

Gary McKinnon is deemed to be so deviously manipulative at the keyboard that he has been banned from using the internet. He is not even allowed a passport. The peculiar bail conditions imposed this week on the 39-year-old computer systems administrator from Wood Green, north London, suggest that the law enforcement community stands in awe of his technological prowess.

Until his next court appearance, due on July 27, the tousle-haired programmer, who is fighting extradition to the United States, has been ordered to stay away from any computer connected to the web.

The ignorance about censoring sensitive information from Adobe .pdf files is a continual source of amazement - these people should know better ! Score another one for "bloggers" versus the "mainstream media".

US Military Hacked Systems IP’s:

Next extradition hearing is on July 27th 2005

Gary McKinnon appeared at Bow Street Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8th June 2005. His next extradition hearing is set for July 27th.

He was released on £5000 bail and is restricted from applying for a passport or from using the internet.

These are ridiculous bail conditions, as he has made no attempt to flee the country in the over two and a half years that he has had full internet access, since his original arrest and release without charge.

He is being represented by solicitor Karen Todner from the firm of Kaim Todner

Another Extradition to the USA - Gary McKinnon - alleged to have "hacked" over 90 US Military systems"

Gary McKinnon is finally facing an extradition hearing to the USA at Bow Street Magistrates Court today.

Gary McKinnon was indicted by the US authorities in November 2002 (.pdf) for allegedly gaining unauthorised access to over 90 US Military computer systems, including some at the the supposedly competent National Security Agency, the US Army, the US Airforce and the US Navy, where an e-mail system was allegedly damaged. Further minor breaches of NASA and some private sector and low security local government computers are also alleged.

As with the case of Babar Ahmad, also a British IT worker, there are a number of questions that should be asked about this attempt to extradite someone to the USA:

  • Why has the legal process taken so long from November 2002, when Gary McKinnon was first arrested, and a US Grand Jury produced an indictment, for the Extradition proceedings take the next step ? Could the US Presidential election campaign have had anything to do with this delay ? Were the proceedings delayed to prevent embarassing accounts of US Military incompetence under the watch of President Bush from surfacing in court ?

  • Given that all the alleged offences took place from a home computer located in London in the United Kingdom, and that they are serious enough to attract the maximum penalties under the UK Computer Misuse Act 1990, why is Gary McKinnon not being tried here in the UK ?

  • Exactly as has been argued in the Babar Ahmad case, given the xenophobic paranoia of the US authorities, what written assurance is there that Gary McKinnon, once in the power of the US Authorities, will not be handed over to a Military Tribunal, especially, as unlike Babar Ahmad, he is accused of "attacks" directly on actual US Military systems.

  • We have been informed that Gary McKinnon was not only "looking for evidence of X-Files type UFO conspiracies", but also investigating the alleged activities of the US Military training of Third World secret police and military personnel in torture and interrogation techniques at the notorious School of the Americas/ Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. In the light of this, what written assurance is there that Gary McKinnon will not be declared a "enemy combatant" and sent to the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp or subjected to "extraordinary rendition" i.e. outsourced torture in a compliant police state allied country, possibly at the hands of School of the Americas trainees ?

  • Given the extraordinary lapses in computer security which an allegation of unauthorised access to sensitive military systems on this scale implies, why have no senior US Military personnel been court martialled ?

Where are the extraditions and prosecutions of all the foreigners, including citizens of the United States of America, who are attacking the United Kingdom's computer systems ? There have been none to date.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

Write in support of Gary

If you feel strongly enough that Gary McKinnon should not be extradited to the USA, but should be tried here in Britain, then there are various people you can write to.

Firstly you can write to us here at info@freegary.org.uk. We will pass your messages of support on to Gary, and publicise this support to the media and to the politicians.

You can post anonymously here on this blog, but please be polite. Alternatively you can send us emails, but if you want a reply and the latest news, then you need to use a valid email address.

You can write to your Member of Parliament via WriteToThem

If your Member of Parliament has not already done so, then please ask them to sign

Early Day Motion 2388 sponsored by David Burrowes MP

(Previously, EDM 241 sponnsored by the then Conservative MP and now Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also gathered a large number of MP's signatures opposed to the unfair Extradition Act 2003 and the Extradition Treaty with the USA).

You can also write to David Blunkett Charles Clarke John Reid Jacqui Smith Alan Johnson Theresa May who is now the 6th Home Secretary who has had the responsibility for Gary McKinnon's extradition case:

You can send an email public.enquiries@ homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or a letter to:

Home Secretary
Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
c/o Direct Communications Unit
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Home Office Contact Us page

Write to US President Barack Obama

WhiteHouse.gov - the official website of the President of the Umited States of America, Barack Obama.

"President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. To send questions, comments, concerns, or well-wishes to the President or his staff, please use the form below:"

Contact the White House web message form.

Please use this form to remind them just how counterproductive, and damaging to US national interests, especially to their supposedly changed international reputation, putting Gary McKinnon on trial in the USA would be.

Extradition Watch

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Extradition Watch campaign to reform the Extradition Act 2003 by Liberty Human Rights .

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Gary McKinnon and his mother Janis Sharp at the Doughty Street Chambers press conference 15 January 2009 (click the image for a larger version in a new window)

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Gary McKinnon and his mother Janis Sharp at the May Day Bank Holiday 2010 balloon release event event near the Houses of Parliament (click the image for a larger version in a new window)

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About this blog

This blog website is intended to support British citizen Gary McKinnon, who is facing "fast track" extradition to the USA (after over five six seven eight nine ten years since his initial arrest !). Gary was indicted by a US court in November 2002, accused of "hacking" into over 90 US Military computer systems from here in the UK. The unjust treatment of British citizens (and others) when facing the might of the US Military "justice" system, which practices detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, and stands accused of making use of torture by allied regimes ("extraordinary rendition") is an ongoing scandal. It cannot be excused even by a "war on terror". It seems only just that Gary should face any charges in a British court, and to serve any sentence, if he is found guilty, in a British prison. N.B. With the good news that Gary will not now be extradited to the USA, this blog will continue to raise awareness of the issues raised by Gary's case and others who have suffered unjustly through the UK's one sided extradition arrangements with the USA and to a lesser extent, Europe.

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Please feel free to email us your views about this blog, or news about the issues it tries to comment on:

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N.B. Gary McKinnon was "not allowed to use any computer connected to the internet", as part of his bail conditions.

Is anyone more likely to have any email accounts he dared to use, monitored by the UK and US authorities ?

If you are a tv or radio or print journalist, or a freelance writer or documentary film maker, wanting to interview Gary, please include some full contact details and a contact phone number, and we will pass on your request to Gary's family.

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Gary McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp is indefatigable in support of her son, and is now using Twitter to help to keep friends and supporters informed. You can follow her "tweets" at:

https://twitter.com/JanisSharp/

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Media Links and Videos

Links to media interviews and video clips about Gary McKinnon's extradition case, featuring Gary, his mother Janis Sharpe and other supporters, can be found at:

http://www.londontv.net/latestnews.htm

Petitions in support of Gary McKinnon and others

Several people have expressed interest in "signing a petition" in support of Gary's plight.

N.B. the anti-road pricing / snooping petition on the Number 10 Downing Street website achieved 1,791,942 signatures, but this was rubbished and ignored by the Labour Government under Tony Blair, so do not expect too much of what will inevitably be much smaller petitions in support of Gary McKinnon.

This PledgeBank Pledge (not quite the same as a traditional petition), resulted in lots of people actua;lly taking the time and trouble to write to the then Home Secretary John Reid - so many that the Home Office stopped sending back indfividual replies.

http://www.pledgebank.com/FreeGary

This Pledge closed on 8th June 2006, and attracted 745 pledge signatures.


People have petitoned the Prime Minister (Tony Blair):

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/ GaryMcKinnon/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Stop the extradition to the US of accused hacker Gary McKinnon.

This petition closed on 27 August 2007 with 876 Signatures.


There is a petition on a web petitons site, which is open for signature:

Stop the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States

We the undersigned urge Gordon Brown and the UK Government to consider the evidence and if appropriate prosecute Gary McKinnon, an Asperger Syndrome sufferer, in UK courts rather than allow him to be extradited to the US for offences relating to accessing US Government computers in 2001.


There is another current No 10 Downing Street website Petition to the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown):

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/US-extradition/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Scrap the US/UK extradition treaty


Another Petiton (August 2009): Sign up 4 Gary McKinnon:

We, the undersigned, call on the Prime Minster Of the UK and Alan Johnson and the UK Government, for Gary to be tried in the UK- FREE GARY.

Petition to Stop the Gary McKinnon extradition to the United States (November 24th 2009)

We the undersigned urge Gordon Brown and the UK Government to consider the evidence and if appropriate prosecute Gary McKinnon, an Asperger Syndrome sufferer, in UK courts rather than allow him to be extradited to the US for offences relating to accessing US Government computers in 2001.

Blog Links

Spy Blog - Privacy and Civil Liberties commentary and campaigns

Rat's Blog - The Reverend Rat comments on London street life and technology

Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher

Legal Links

Kaim Todner - solicitors

November 2002 Grand Jury Indictment (.pdf)

November 2002 Grand Jury Indictment with all the "censored" IP addresses revealed by "cut and paste".

Virginia Indictment - November 2002 Department of Justice press release

New Jersey Indictment - November 2002 Department of Justice press release

New Jersey indictment - full text

Military Commission Order No. 1 (.pdf) - signed by President George W. Bush, March 21st 2002.

Extradition Act 2003

Computer Misuse Act 1990

Read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office official online  and printed copies of the unbalanced USA - UK Extradition Treaty - it even uses American English words and spellings e.g "offenses" and "authorize" ! Extradition Treaty between the UK and the United States of America with Exchange of Notes Presented to Parliament: June 2007 (.pdf)

Statewatch's analysis of the civil rights defects in the UK-US Extradition treaty

Oral Evidence on UK-US Extradition Treaty given to the House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs on 22nd November 2005 given by Senior District Judge Tim Workman; Ms Sally Ireland, Senior Legal Officer, JUSTICE; Andy Burnham MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office

International Extradition Blog - by McNabb Associates a law firm that specialises in international extradition cases.

The Appeal Court Judgement issued on 3rd April 2007 is now online via the BAILII database

The House of Lords Judgment - 30th July 2008:

McKinnon (Appellant) v Government of the United States of America (Respondents) and another

Gary McKinnon's statement to the Director of Public Prosecutions, January 2009, published by Computer Weekly: US took 39 months to demand McKinnon's extradition.

McKinnon v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWHC 170 (Admin) (23 January 2009) - Oral Hearing which allowed a Judicial review on the Asperger's Syndrome aspects of the case, to be held some time after 16th March 2009

Computer Weekly have published Crown Prosecution Service Review Note 3, which explains some of the reasons why the CPS found insufficient evidence to prosecute Gary in the UK, including some inadmissable hearsay, and doubts that some of the alleged computer foresnic evidence was up to the ACPO guidlines for ensuring an untampered chain of evidence, and doubts about the unproven amount of alleged financial damage being claimed.

The British and Irish Legal Information Institute have published the text of the two combined Judicial Review Judgments made against Gary McKinnon which were handed down on Friday 31st July 2009:

Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr. Justice Wilkie's refusal to allow Gary McKinnon's case to be certified to go up to the Supreme Court on appeal,handed down on Friday 9th October 2009.

McKinnon, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Home Affairs [2009] EWHC 2449 (Admin) (09 October 2009) URL: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2009/2449.html Cite as: [2009] EWHC 2449 (Admin)

Other Links

London 2600 - open monthly meeting which discusses IT Security and Technology etc., from both sides of the fence.

Egypt 2600 - just like London 2600, but in Egypt, also interested in the Gary McKinnon's case.

School of the Americas Watch - information on the notorious "School of the Americas" renamed to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The Disclosure Project serious research about possible UFOs

Wikipedia entry for Gary McKinnon - has links to several media interviews etc.

Scottish Human Rights website inspired by thinking about Gary McKinnon's case, and realising that similar things could so easily happen to you. The law in Scotland is somewhat different from the rest of the United Kingdom.

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Free Babar Ahmad - another British (Muslim) IT worker, also facing extradition to the USA, also at risk of a Military Tribunal.

FriendsExtradited.org - campaign support for the Enron / NatWest 3 bankers - David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew facing extradition extradited to the USA for alleged crimes committed in the UK.

Stop the Extradition of Sean Garland - an Irish Republican politician arrested in Belfast, also facing extradition to the USA for alleged crimes committed in the UK or in Russia.

www.notoextradition.co.uk - petiton Labour MPs to support the amendments to the Extradition Act 2003 passed by the House of Lords to the Police and Justice Bill, when it comes before the House of Commons at Report Stage on the 9th and 10th of October 2006. About 50 Labour MPs are required, as all of the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and most of the other minor Opposition parties are committed to support these amendments.

Howes Family Extradition Fight - amother extraordinary extradition case to the USA.

Financial appeal to sue the UK Government - Ross Hemsworth, an online radio presenter of paranormal and UFO investigations, is trying to taise £5000 to initiate legal proceedings, with the help of top human rights law firm Bindmans LLP, against the Home Secretary, to "challenge the government's refusal to review the unjust and one-sided extradition treaty with the USA."

www.garymckinnon.tk - support website for Gary McKinnon by Ed Johnson.

Gary the musician

Gary McKinnon is, amongst other things, a musician and songwriter.

You can download a couple of his songs from the low budget film Lunar Girl which was produced in 2001.

The video from this film of Only Fool, still available on YouTube, was very popular on MySpace, until it got censored.

How not to research a thesis on Gary McKinnon

This blog tries to be helpful to journalists, documenatry film makers, book researchers etc. who are researching the background of the Gary McKinnon extradition story.

For those academic thesis supervisors using search engines or academic plagiarism detection tools, here is an example of how not to "research" a thesis or dissertation about the Gary McKinnon extradition case.

See the comments by "Eye4Lies" in the comments on starting at House of Lords Judgment against Gary McKinnon now online and again at European Court of Human Rights to hear Gary McKinnon's application against extradition to the USA on 28th August 2008