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Below is an eyewitness impression of today's Bow Street Magistrates' Court appearance by Gary McKinnon:

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First reports seem to be that Gary McKinnon's extradition case has been adjourned until October 18th. More later:

Life Style Extra reports:

"He was granted bail on condition he lives at his home address, a £5,000 security remains in place and that he does not apply for any travel documents or use a computer with internet access.

His bail conditions were altered at today's hearing so that he only has to report to police on Mondays and Fridays, rather than daily.

The full extradition hearing was adjourned until October 18 for the defence to prepare their case"

The BBC also has essentially a similar report

"The case has been adjourned and Mr McKinnon was granted bail to appear again at Bow Street Magistrates' Court on 18 October.

District Judge Nicholas Evans ordered him to report to his local police station twice a week.

Contesting extradition

As part of his bail conditions, Mr McKinnon was ordered not to apply for any international travel documents and told not to use any computer equipment allowing him to access the internet.

Speaking outside court, Mr McKinnon's solicitor Karen Todner said her client "vigorously contested his extradition".

Mr McKinnon was first arrested in 2002 but action against him was discontinued.

Referring to this, his solicitor added: "It is unknown why there has been such a delay in requesting such extradition.

"The British public need to ask themselves why British citizens are being extradited to the USA when the US government has not signed the extradition treaty between the two countries." "

Gary McKinnon will be facing a District Judge, at Bow Street Magistrates' Court later today, Wednesday 27th July 2005. The hearing is scheduled to start around 10:30am, but this obviously depends on how long it takes to deal with other cases.

Speculation as to what might happen:

a) The Judge could decide to dismiss the extradition request. If there is sufficient evidence , the UK authorities could charge him under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, but probably not immediately.

b) The Judge could accede to the extradition request. He would have to have received written assurances from the US Government regarding no possability of a death penalty. The next stage would then be a decision from the Home Secretary nominally within 60 days. There could also be an appeal to the High Court.

c) More delay, in the light of the postponment of the Babar Ahmad decision until September awaiting further legal advice on the United States Military Order of November 13, 2001
Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism
signed by President Bush, authorising the use of Military tribunals, Guantanamo Bay etc. and death penalty issues.

Conceivably, although Gary is not facing terrorism charges, he is accused of "attacking" the US military directly, something which none of the British Guantanamo Bay detainees were accused of. The Military Order also covers:

" (a) The term "individual subject to this order" shall mean any individual who is not a United States citizen"

and who

"there is reason to believe that such individual, at the relevant times,"

"has engaged in, aided or abetted, or conspired to commit,"

"or have as their aim to cause, injury to or adverse effects on the United States, its citizens, national security, foreign policy, or economy"

"with the penalties provided under applicable law, including life imprisonment or death."

If the legal extradition process does proceed, it should do so without the stupid restriction on Gary's use of "any computer connected to the internet" as part of any bail conditions.

We wish Gary the best of luck, he will need it.

Sunday Herald: "America's most wanted hacker"

The Sunday Herald in Scotland has published an interview with Gary McKinnon by Vicky Allan:

Gary McKinnon has appaeared on the BBC World Service radio programme "The Interview":

"This week 'The Interview' talks to the man described by US prosecutors as "the biggest military computer hack of all time". Briton Gary McKinnon stands accused of breaking and entering into US secret computer systems, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, and effectively immobilising the military district of Washington DC for three days in 2002.

He faces charges in the US which could lead to up to 70 years in jail. Speaking in his first broadcast interview just days before his extradition hearing, McKinnon considers his own sense of naïve wrong-doing, but also denies causing damage and says he was acting out of "humanitarian" motives. "

Listen to The Interview (requires Real Media)

We welcome the visitors to this FreeGary.org.uk website, apparently from computers belonging to various United States authorities, including:

  • United States Department of Defense Office of Inspector General - perhaps they are taking an interest in the appalling errors in computer security configuration and failed management procedures which have been highlighted by the Gary McKinnon case.

  • Fort Belvoir (but not from one the IP addresses revealed in the the Virginia indictment)

  • The US Department of Justice

Gary McKinnon warns people to profit from his experiences in an interview with The Register:

"McKinnon warns off fledgling hackers as hearing looms
By Peter Warren
Published Monday 18th July 2005 12:58 GMT

Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing an extradition hearing in nine days time has warned other hacking wannabees not to follow his example.

The case of Babar Ahmad, who like Gary McKinnon is a British IT worker facing extradition to the USA under the controversial "no prima facie evidence" Extradition Act 2003, was due to have been decided by the Home Secretary Charles Clarke yesterday.

However, according to this press release from the Free Babar Ahmad campaign:

"The Home Secretary Charles Clarke has asked for an extension until September 2005 for his final decision on the extradition of alleged terror suspect Babar Ahmad to the United States of America.

Mr Ahmad was originally arrested, fully investigated and released without charge by British Authorities in December 2003. He was rearrested on an extradition warrant from the United States in August 2004.

After a Magistrate gave the ruling on 17th May that Mr Ahmad could be extradited to the U.S, the matter was handed over to the Home Secretary to decide. The Home Secretary had 60 days to make his decision, which would have expired on 16th July 2005. The Home Office has stated that they would like more time in order to find a new Lawyer to give them advice on American Law, especially in relation to the Death Penalty.
Under the new UK-U.S. Extradition Treaty 2003, the U.S does not have to provide prima facie evidence to support their allegations. If successfully extradited, lawyers for Mr Ahmad argue that he is very likely to face:

• Gross abuses in U.S. prisons: no access to visitors, no private access to a lawyer.
• Denial of a fair trial: unreliable evidence obtained under torture can be used
• Rendition: he could be secretly kidnapped and sent to a third state for torture.
• Military Tribunal: he could be sent to Guantanamo Bay.
• Death Penalty: he could be placed on Death Row.

Mr Ahmad’s family have agreed to the request for an extension. Babar Ahmad's case has become well-known nationally. Many people, Muslims and non-Muslims, have been lobbying their MP’s to voice their concerns over this extradition and how the Extradition Treaty 2003 is a threat to their civil liberties. 73 MPs so far have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM No. 241 tabled by Boris Johnson) opposing the Treaty.

We hope that Mr Clarke will be sensitive in his decision to the many issues surrounding this complex case, especially in terms of its effects on community relations.

Free Babar Ahmad
14th July 2005"

It seems astonishing that the Home Office did not get top United States legal opinions before they draughted the Extradition Act 2003 legislation.

Gary McKinnon faces exactly the same theoretical possabilities of US Military "justice" , "rendition"/torture or the death penalty, so the case of Babar Ahmad may set a legal precedent for Gary and for the other people who are being extradited to the USA without prima facie evidence presented to a UK court, for alleged crimes which were committed in the UK, which fall under UK law, such as the Enron/NatWest 3 David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew.

All of these people should face a UK court under UK law, of which there is plenty, and if convicted, serve time in a UK prison.

It is strange how the media still think that NASA is more important than the US Military.

Gary's interview with ZDnet provides a glimpse of some of his side of the story, which he has no opportunity to present before a UK court.

Every IT professional should be aghast at the level of security demonstrated, even after September 11th 2001, when the US military were allegedly on the highest state of alert and vigilance.

However as with all such interviews, there are a few misquotes or misleading edits.

Emails of support for Gary McKinnon

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Thanks to everyone who has emailed us with messages of support for Gary McKinnon.

Thanks also those journalists who are trying to make contact with Gary McKinnon, after the publicity of the interview in The Guardian

We have passed these emails on to a friend of Gary's who will print them out and show them to him soon.

It is extraordinary that this cumbersome procedure is needed, but it is a direct result of the unfair and pointless bail conditions imposed on Gary, which forbid him from using a computer connected to the internet.

The only other people in the United Kingdom who are subject to an internet ban, despite not having been charged or convicted of any crimes, may be some (but not all) of the 10 people who are subject to Control Orders under the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.

If Gary was going to pose some threat to anyone over the internet, he has had three years or so to do so, without any such restrictions. What exactly do they fear that he might do now ?

An internet ban does nothing to ensure that he turns up at the Extradition hearing on the 27th.

It is , in fact, punishment without trial or conviction.

Gary McKinnon has been interviewed by writer and broadcaster Jon Ronson for The Guardian newspaper:

"Gary McKinnon has been accused of committing the 'biggest military computer hack of all time', and if extradited to the US faces up to 70 years in jail. So how did this techno geek from north London end up cracking open the Pentagon and Nasa's systems? He talks exclusively to Jon Ronson as he awaits his fate

Saturday July 9, 2005
The Guardian

US Army Computer Crime Investigation Unit

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Government Computer News has an article on the US Army’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit:

“CCIU agents respond to and investigate network intrusions and other computer-related felonies across the globe,” Andrews said. “Given the so-called borderless nature of Internet-based crime, many of CCIU’s cases involve investigative leads in foreign countries, adding even more complexity to cases that can often involve hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages."

One such case occurred three years ago.
Gary McKinnon, a computer administrator from London, faces extradition for charges that he hacked into military and NASA computer systems, deleting files and blocking access to the Internet, officials said. The incident occurred over a 12-month period during 2001 and 2002. CCIU gathered evidence and led the international investigation that resulted in McKinnon’s arrest.

Special agent Brent A. Pack, operations officer of the Fort Belvoir, Va.-based unit, said nabbing the hacker involved “collecting, examining and reporting more than 1T of electronic evidence.”
McKinnon was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in 2002 on eight counts of computer crimes and is scheduled for an extradition hearing on July 27 in London."

Cross posted from a comment on Spy Blog:

"I attended the meeting in the house of commons yesterday. The meeting was primarily about Babar Ahmad and he had many good supporters on his side.

George Galloway was there and was as eloquent as always.
One of the Enron 3 was there and his account of the American legal system was incredibly enlightening. He also pointed out that America never asked the UK for the extradition without Prima Facie evidence but the UK had apparently just decided to hand UK citizens over to to the US on this basis, something no other country in the world does apart from Ireland and France but he pointed out that France will never extradite a French national under those circumstances.

It seems that much of what the UK government is doing may be illegal.

The "treaty" has never been ratified by the US and the UK government's interpretation of the "treaty" is extremely dubious.
A judicial review of the present cases and a request to discharge the treaty seems to be the way forward and subsequently an amendment to the treaty in order to avoid the present misuse of the wording in it.

I'm glad I attended the meeting which although full and standing room only remained; it would have been good to see the meeting place overflowing into the streets.

I think the meeting room in the house of commons would have been overflowing if the G8 conference in Edinburgh hadn't been taking place in the same week. This unfortunately meant that the meeting wasn't covered on our Television news.

Hope they get their dates sorted out next time around as this was a serious error.

Glad George Galloway still managed to attend both.
The Enron website www.friendsextradited.org is also pretty informative.

Thank you to whoever runs this website for bringing such important matters to light.

FREE GARY!!!!!!!!

Jay"

The BBC reports about last nights meeting in Parliament to call for the reform of the unfair Extradition Act 2003 procedudres with the USA.


"Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 July, 2005, 06:11 GMT 07:11 UK Extradition law criticised by MPs

The UK's extradition laws have come under fire from MPs as the deadline nears for the home secretary to decide the fate of a British terror suspect.

A judge has said Babar Ahmad can be deported to the US. Charles Clarke is due to decide on the case by 15 July.

At a cross-party meeting Conservative MP Boris Johnson said extradition rules introduced in 2003 were "grotesque".

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Goodhart QC said Mr Ahmad and other defendants should be put on trial in the UK.

Gary McKinnon is not the only person facing extradition to the USA, without prima facie evidence being presneted in a British court:

"All-Party Panel of Peers and MP's to Demand Extradition Independence from US on American Independence Day - 04 July 2005

Meeting Venue: Committee Room 11, House of Commons, Westminster, SW1
Date: 04 July 2005
Time: 6pm-8pm (prompt start)

On Monday 04 July 2005, an all-party panel of peers and MP's will join prominent British lawyers at the House of Commons to demand an end to the one-sided extradition arrangements between Britain and the U.S.

Since the U.K.-U.S. Extradition Treaty of 2003 was signed, the U.S. has demanded the extradition of over 40 British Citizens without having to provide any evidence. Even if the U.S. ratifies the Treaty, Britain cannot seek the extradition of any U.S. Citizen without first proving a case in a U.S. court. Therefore, British Citizens have inferior rights in comparison to their American counterparts.

The following will join other MP's and the families and friends of Britons facing extradition to the US, in Committee Room 11 of the House of Commons:

Chair: Saghir Hussain (Solicitor)

Lord Goodhart (Liberal Democrats Constitutional Affairs Spokesman)

Boris Johnson MP (Conservative MP for "Enron Three" British bankers
facing extradition to the US on fraud allegations)

Sadiq Khan MP (Labour MP for Babar Ahmad, Briton facing extradition to
the U.S. on terrorism allegations)

Hugo Charlton (Green Party Chairman and Barrister)

Gareth Pierce (Prominent Human Rights lawyer)

James Welch (Liberty Solicitor - involved in Katherine Gun Case)

Yvonne Ridley (Journalist, Respect Party)

Since seating capacity is limited, media correspondents are requested to reserve places by telephoning 07915 063 564 or emailing extraditiontreaty2003@yahoo.co.uk

Seats will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis."

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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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