Please ask your Member of Parliament to sign Early Day Motion 2388 Extradition of Gary McKinnon

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Gary McKinnon is still in legal limbo, awaiting a possible decision about whether or not a Judicial Review will be granted or not, whilst being liable to be arrested and expelled to the the USA at any time, by order of of Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

Given the political embarrassment which this case will cause any US Government, it would be surprising if any US or UK bureaucrats make any sort of decision before the US Presidential Election next week, but there are currently no legal barriers to Gary being extradited immediately.

Gary McKinnon's Member of Parliament, David Burrowes MP for Enfield, Southgate in London, who is a Conservative front bench spokesman on Justice, has sponsored an Early Day Motion, which you can urge your own Members of Parliament to sign in support of Gary:

EDM 2388

EXTRADITION OF GARY MCKINNON
30.10.2008


Burrowes, David

That this House notes the accepted practice of the governments of Israel and the Netherlands of requiring assurances from the US Administration prior to their nationals being deported to face trial in the United States in cases involving defendants suffering from medical or mental health disabilities, that those nationals will be repatriated to serve any sentence imposed by the relevant United States court; and urges the Home Secretary not to permit the extradition to the United States of Mr Gary McKinnon of Palmers Green, London, an Asperger's syndrome sufferer charged with computer misuse in the United States, until such time as she receives express assurances from the US Administration that in the event of his being found guilty and sentenced to a term of imprisonment that administration agrees to the immediate repatriation of Mr McKinnon post trial to serve any such sentence in the United Kingdom.

You can conveniently find the details of your own Member of Parliament, and send an email (or fax) for free, to their office, through the well established WriteToThem.com website, provided that that you use your own words in your message.

MPs staff, almost always filter out any messages they get from non-constituents, so it is best to mention at least which part of your own MP's constituency you are from, as this adds a bit of political weight to your message.

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Hello here is a link to the United States Extradition / Rendition manual for US prosecutors.

http://brianhowes.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/criminal-resource-manual-601.pdf

I just wrote to my MP here in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Good luck Gary.

Thank you Ferrad.

I was dismayed to be told that many Labour MP's will probably do as they are told by their leaders and will refuse to sign, as it was Labour "under Tony Blair" that signed and introduced this one sided treaty.
I believe that this horrendous extradition treaty should be above party politics and that any honest MP of whatever persuasion would wish to sign this EDM, the wording of which is further down this page.

An email was sent by a supporter to David Drew Labour MP urging his support.

David Drew responded almost instantly saying that he won't sign at the moment because it fails to mention that Gary has been tried in this country regarding the extradition.

He is happy for him to serve any sentence in this country (assuming he is found guilty!) but feels the other aspects of the EDM undermine British justice.

Below is the wording of the EDM which absolutely does not undermine British Justice in any way, in fact quite the reverse.

Gary has never been tried in any court in the U.K as under the 2003 extradition treaty, no one is allowed to defend themselves against any allegations. They can only object to the extradition on Human Rights Grounds as no evidence is required in order to extradite any U.K citizen.

How could Labour MP David Drew say that "other aspects of the EDM" undermine British Justice, when the reverse is true.

See EDM wording below.

EDM 2388 EXTRADITION OF GARY MCKINNON30.10.2008

Burrowes, David
That this House notes the accepted practice of the governments of Israel and the Netherlands of requiring assurances from the US Administration prior to their nationals being deported to face trial in the United States in cases involving defendants suffering from medical or mental health disabilities, that those nationals will be repatriated to serve any sentence imposed by the relevant United States court; and urges the Home Secretary not to permit the extradition to the United States of Mr Gary McKinnon of Palmers Green, London, an Asperger's syndrome sufferer charged with computer misuse in the United States, until such time as she receives express assurances from the US Administration that in the event of his being found guilty and sentenced to a term of imprisonment that administration agrees to the immediate repatriation of Mr McKinnon post trial to serve any such sentence in the United Kingdom.

Time for all honest MP's, Labour or otherwise, to outlaw this one sided extradition treaty that has abolished the hard won rights of U.K citizens and has given greater rights to U.S citizens.
The U.K has to provide proof/actual evidence, in order to extradite any U.S citizen, whereas the U.S can make merely an allegation against any U.K citizen to enable the U.S to extradite them.
It is therefore no surprise that the U.K government has extradited virtually no U.S citizen in the past few years, wheras the U.S has and is in the process of extraditing approx. 100 U.K citizens.

It is time for our government to realise that they work for us and not for the U.S.A.
The first obligation of any government is to protect the rights of its own citizens.

Equal Rights For The U.K


Link below to gathering/Demo outside the Home Office by friends/supporters of Gary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ0EgdS6BVQ

From tiny acorns great oaks grow.

Let's name all of the MP's who refuse to sign this EDM and who refuse to stand up against this one sided treaty, that has betrayed and given away the rights of British citizens and for no other reason than to appease the American Government.
We are not second class citizens and we should refuse to be treated as such.

This small protest has begun to snowball into a Large Movement of U.K citizens who are sick and tired of being run by and bullied by the U.S government.
This one sided Extradition treaty is Back Door Rendition being used to drag U.K citizens (who have not committed any violent crime and who have no previous criminal record)from the land they were born in.
It is becoming reminicent of the nazis and is also harking back to the days when the Lords rode into the villages of the peasants and snatched men or women at will on a mere whim.

We are not peasants. We are not Slaves. Why should any U.K citizen be dragged from the country of their Birth for a low level non violent crime and in many cases where no crime at all has been committed.

Equal Rights For The U.K


Interview Re-Gary on channel 200 right now. (and through November apparently)

I got a good response from my MP. He stated that the Conservative Party has attempted in the past to alter the imbalanced extradition law, but have been voted down by the government.

However the main point of my letter was to elevate Gary's footprint in the minds of Whitehall.

This case has bothered me from the start. Thank you for the opportunity to provide some input. I hope other readers of this blog will do the same.

Here is Gary's song on Myspace in the top 5 in the world.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.charts

Somebody could call ITV or the BBC as it is probsbly a good story and shows a different side of Gary.

A song Written and Performed by Gary McKinnon who is fighting extradition to the United States, has reached number 5 in MYSPACE Worldwide Charts. (Probably Number 1 now)

102,213 people have listened to Gary's song and viewed the video since last night and going up by the second.

This is incredible!!!!!

The song and video was only put up on MySpace last night by Brian Howes from Scotland.

Link Below:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=45706258

Is this a Record? and will it help Gary stay in the U.K

We can only hope so

Thank you to Brian Howes for putting it up there as hopefully this might help to publicise Gary's case and keep him here.

I wrote to my MP - the very first time I've ever done so - and would urge everyone to do the same.
It was easy: Just visit www.writetothem.com, enter your post code, and your MP's details appear. A quick note later ("please sign EDM2388, etc.") and you're done. Easy.

Let's do what we can to ensure Gary doesn't serve any potential prison sentence in the US.
Beyond that we should get this scandalously one-sided extradition treaty scrapped, so that no one has to go through this again.


Thank you David!

I agree that this one sided treaty has to be changed and Gary should stay in the U.K

Hi Jay,

Thank you for putting the Song into perspective, but because it is political slightly it will probably be deleted by the Government soon. So we should get some positive publicity while it is still there. I am sure some of Gary’s supporters can contact the TV and a newspaper so they can see Gary’s true side and not has he has been portrayed.

Thank you Jay.

When the US government purposefully withholds information vital to a coroner's review into the death of UK personnel in Iraq, why should we lift a finger to help them prosecute a computer hacker?

This is another example of our government failing to do its first duty to the people - to protect them.

I've written to my MP (Adam Price) asking him to support this EDM. We shall see.

Hi i would like to give my respects and well wishs to gary for his great work.He has inspired me to follow in his foot steps .

Andrew, in what respect are you following in Gary's footsteps?

i spoke to David Drew on the phone last friday. He said that in general he believed that 'criminals' who face extradition should be sent from this country, and that if they were innocent they had nothing to fear. I explained that Gary had not been charged with any offence here, that his case had been dragged on over six and a half years, and that he was suffering from a recognised health condition (Asperger's Syndrome) David Drew continued what seemed like a 'set piece' argument, seemingly unable to distinguish Gary from violent terrorists and unwilling to concede that his health problems and current severe depression should be any bar to removing him from his home country.
i said that our Government does not protect the rights and welfare of our citizens. David Drew responded by saying ( almost shouting, actually) "That makes me furious!" He continued to rant on for a few seconds, by which time i was so angry myself that unfortunately i told him to 'p... off' and ended the call.
if only i had been able to continue the argument and persuade him to rethink his position, but i really don't think it would have happened.
My daughter contacted Drew's office yeaterday, and told a very nice lady assistant of her dismay at his stance, and her concern for Gary's mental health and welfare while potentially facing the rest of his life in an American prison. This lady said she would personally lean on David Drew and make sure he did sign the EDM, brave lady - she must identify with the rest of us. I hope we can find out which MPs actually do sign the motion.
Trying to change the 'hive mind' of this Government puts us up against a solid barrier of self interest and defensiveness. If they only once admit a chink of doubt, the cracks would be unstoppable. Anyone who has tried to get a proper response from the Home Office will know what i mean. i really fear for our future, it already feels like the prison camp searchlights and guard towers are around us.
At this time of reflection on the sacrifices made in war to safeguard our freedoms, can we stop this craven Government from squandering the legacy so valiantly won for us? Teresa Bacon

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a United Nations treaty based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created in 1966 and entered into force on 23 March 1976. Nations that have signed this treaty are bound by it.

Convention provisions

Five categories

1. Protection on individual's physical integrity (against things such as execution, torture, and arbitrary arrest).
2. Procedural fairness in law (rule of law, rights upon arrest, trial, basic conditions must be met when imprisoned, rights to a lawyer, impartial process in trial).
3. Protection based on gender, religious, racial or other forms of discrimination.
4. Individual freedom of belief, speech, association, freedom of press, right to hold assembly.
5. Right to political participation (organise a political party, vote, voice contempt for current political authority).

Two optional protocols

1. Mechanism by which individuals can launch complaints against member states.
2. Abolition of the death penalty.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted as binding international treaty into two distinct and different covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The two Covenants form treaty law, that is international human rights law, and ratifying parties (nation states) to the Covenant commit themselves to implement the contained rights in their domestic jurisdictions. Note that some states have signed but not ratified the Covenants. Both covenants came in force in 1976 when a sufficient number of countries had ratified the Covenants.

Enforcement of human rights law

There is currently no international court to administer international human rights law. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has jurisdiction over the crime of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. While the European Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights enforce regional human rights law.

Universal Jurisdiction

Universal jurisdiction is a controversial principle in international law whereby states claim criminal jurisdiction over persons whose alleged crimes were committed outside the boundaries of the prosecuting state, regardless of nationality, country of residence, or any other relation with the prosecuting country. The state backs its claim on the grounds that the crime committed is considered a crime against all, which any state is authorized to punish. The concept of universal jurisdiction is therefore closely linked to the idea that certain international norms are erga omnes, or owed to the entire world community, as well as the concept of jus cogens. In 1993 Belgium passed a law of universal jurisdiction to give its courts jurisdiction over crimes against humanity in other countries, and in 1998 Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London following an indictment by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón under the universal jurisdiction principle.[7] The principle is supported by Amnesty International and other human rights organisations as they believe certain crimes pose a threat to the international community as a whole and the community has a moral duty to act, but others, including Henry Kissinger argue that "widespread agreement that human rights violations and crimes against humanity must be prosecuted has hindered active consideration of the proper role of international courts. Universal jurisdiction risks creating universal tyranny -- that of judges"

Maybe it is time to head to the Hague, Geneva. Hauge.

Please write to your MP we need 300 signatures to make this happen

Thank you xx

Is the current thinking that if the extradition is to go ahead it will happen in this no-man's land in-between Presidents? Has anyone tried to contact the Democrats in the US to see if they have any interest in embarrasing their military over its IT security in the way the current administration appears to want to?

Yesterday I was checking news releases from Amnesty International. There has been a few countries who have weaseled out of protecting the Human Rights of their citizens and consequently have allowed USA personel to extradite.

There is a lot of interesting stories on the Amnesty International site here http://www.amnesty.org/en/ai_search?keywords=Sami+al-Hajj&op=Search&form_id=search_theme_form&form_token=653d6a3cf5409c420452bdf73c4d4d43

Has anyone begun an Amnesty International Campaign for Gary McKinnon?

Elle & Stu

Hi i have tried to contact the Democrates regarding the extradition treaty between the Us and UK but had no joy with the emails. Also i have emailed Amnesty on several occasions and they said that they are unable to help. Please try also, as if more people question this, they will hopefully get on board.

Thanks

For you people who have been watching Gary's song on Myspace it was deleted by? and I recorded the amount of views as it errored at 368,000 after 2 days.

http://corruption.org.uk/2008/11/01/cross-party-attempt-to-fight-extradition-of-british-hacker


Lucy is there something that I can do? Gary'd Song made 368,000 views before the Government deleted it but it was in many online news papers.

Tell me who you want me to speak to and I am more than happy to do so.

I have spoken to the Lib Dems again today about Gary and I think that may of been condtuctive.

I hope Gary's mum gets her computer internet back on soon.

Lucy do not be afraid to ask I am willing to do anything constructive to help Gary.

Here is just one of many stories about Gary's single.

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/11/04/hacker-song-hits-myspace-charts

Unfortunately, they are all just different sides of the same coin. The one who won has been likened to Messiah and that means what? Another religion which we all know is the opium to the masses. Sacring people with terrorists and communists backfired because too many started getting the whiff of the truth (like our Gary did). Now they are brainwashing us with the illusion of change and fairness until we willingly give our freedoms away 'for our own good'. It's all about control. Look at Jenny McCarthy racking it in with her claim that God 'chose' her to combat Autism in America.

Maybe, Gary should write to her?

Just like they created the illusion that Abraham Lincoln was assasinated by Booth (he was not, it was a set up and Boot was murdered long before a stranger was killed in his place), the presidential election win of a 'good guy' is only an illusion. I hope he is a good guy for real but if he doesn't tow the party line (of those who financed him) he'll go the same way as Lincoln whose love of justice had cost him his life.

Gary is a talented man no doubt but he needs to urgently find a way to be useful and indespensable so it would be too costly to hand over a man like that into what is effectively a black hole with no possibility of return.

Putting his song on MySpace was a great idea, guys, whoever did it. But where is it now? what's happened?

Everybody loves a celebrity but celebrity with talent is worth much more. Let them see how much you're worth, Gary (or get a really good lawyer in US). You are an asset - humanitarian reasons do not work in this calculating, out for themselves society. You should go on Celebrity Big Brother - then you'll matter (why are people such cold bastards?)

The count of Gary's song viewings was 364 thousand before they pulled the plug on it.

does anyone know what's happened?

it was heading for a half million mark! what a shame someone had spoilt it

I am located in the United States. A friend of mine also hacked into NASA. He's known online as ''ytcracker'' and also is a well known 'nerd core' rapper. He defaced the website, but nonetheless he still had unauthorized access as Gary did. It might be a good idea if you talk to him, and maybe exchange info so you can get an idea of how his case progressed, what he was charged with and how long he ended up being sentenced. I actually think he might have done no time. He just recently got off probation (2008). I could hook you up with him directly. Send me an e-mail as I would like to talk to you further about some issues. I didn't see a contact listed on the site, so if you could kindly delete this comment, it would be appreciated.

-hax teh planet-

I know what happened Myspace deleted it because A: the UK Government b: the US Government do not want Gary to get support and it is not just Gary it has happened too.

Myspace has been deleting video content at the request of the US for year mostly War Crimes that are posted. Gary should have somebody else repost it.

24 MP's have signed EDM up to now:- A lot more to come soon!

fg sorry for posting so many here but I have just noticed there is no trace of any Gary Mckinnon Video's on Myspace.

Not even one video there was many from various people who had uploaded them. This is not right!

Brian i hope you are right about 'lots more to come' - MPs to sign the EDM. iv'e tried emailing a letter to 'The Guardian' asking readers to get on to their MPs, that was on Sunday. No response yet, even though they ran an article about Gary's case on Monday.
re the removal of Gary's brilliant song from 'MySpace',i've contacted Ross Hemsworth of Glastonbury Radio's 'Now Thats'Weird' show. He broadcast an interview with Gary last Friday evening, and has been very much involved in publicising Gary's plight as he is an ardent supporter. Yesterday he commented on the deletion of Gary's stuff on 'You Tube'. i've asked him to get Gary's record aired on his show and on the airwaves in general, so fingers crossed he can work his (considerable and probably literal) magic!

Brian i hope you are right about 'lots more to come' - MPs to sign the EDM. iv'e tried emailing a letter to 'The Guardian' asking readers to get on to their MPs, that was on Sunday. No response yet, even though they ran an article about Gary's case on Monday.
re the removal of Gary's brilliant song from 'MySpace',i've contacted Ross Hemsworth of Glastonbury Radio's 'Now Thats'Weird' show. He broadcast an interview with Gary last Friday evening, and has been very much involved in publicising Gary's plight as he is an ardent supporter. Yesterday he commented on the deletion of Gary's stuff on 'You Tube'. i've asked him to get Gary's record aired on his show and on the airwaves in general, so fingers crossed he can work his (considerable and probably literal) magic!

(oops 2 for the price of one)

All Video has been removed from Myspace not just the song anything.

If the Lib Dems Sign it will be by Nick Cleggs request and I am led to beleive that this will probably happen.

If enough people call Nick Cleggs office and voice thier opinions on signing EDM 2388 then it may happen sooner rather than later.

Contact

Email: libdemleader@parliament.uk

Telephone: 02072192371

Fax: 02072190054

fg and any other computer experts look at this trace from Scotland of a Labour Pary domain name and tell me what is odd about it?

rpkn-labourcouk

Thank you,

http://corruption.org.uk/labour-website-trace-for-rpkn-labourcouk/

I have written a physical letter to my MP (Anne Snelgrove, for Swindon South) asking her to sign the EDM. I have used the writetothem.com website before and not got any response or confirmation that my message was received, so I think writing a letter and posting it carries much more weight. It's well worth the extra effort.

If Gary needs financial support, I would be in support of a silicone wristband campaign similar to the make poverty history initiative. It's a pretty good way of publicising Gary's case and raising funds. There are tons of UK suppliers of custom silicone wristbands. What do you guys think?

With regards to the rpkn-labour.co.uk website trace, it's complete nonsense. Don't believe a word of it. Their website is hosted in the USA, probably because it is a lot cheaper. Global Crossing is not a "known FBI supplier"; it is a large internet connectivity provider. The global crossing hops of the route are down to the poster's internet service provider; tracing the route from my connection in the UK uses a different carrier and does not utilise any of global crossing's network.

Looks like the data goes through a "proxy" type of route. This is where trafic can be filtered and/or redirected and/or copied.
I have seen this many times in many networks. There is actually companies out there that are hired by governments to do this for them. They call it "security".
The only way to disable this is to set a static route instead of using default routes to transmit your packets.

Thank you for that info, What I was trying to find out is if in an experts opinion the Website named and the emails are likely being intercepted?

Thank you.

Doing research into the how to's of initializing a campaign at Amnesty International on behalf of Gary McKinnon.

Check this recent post :: http://www.amnesty.org/en/counter-terror-with-justice


30 MP's have signed EDM up to now:- A lot more to come soon, they should come in a block vote.

Here are details of the Conservitive leader for anybody who would like to call him to support Gary and EDM 2388

Write to:
David Cameron M.P., House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Telephone:
020 7219 3475 and 0207 219 1945

Fax:
0207 219 1506

Email:
camerond@parliament.uk

Ross Hemsworth from Glastonbury Radio has posted a message on his website about a message from his own MP. He was told that 'frontbench Tory MPS' are outraged by the current UK/US extradition arrangement, because it leaves our citizens unprotected. They are asking for a full scale debate about it in Parliament - teresa Bacon

Anybody who is able to help Gary should do so now as when he is taken forcibly away by US Marshals with nothing but his clothes he is wearing it will be a sad day for the UK justice system as there are people who are able to help Gary who have not come forward in the government who still can step in and save Gary from possible water boarding (Torture) and 70 years in prison and for what he has done helping the US to find their network problems before terrorists did something really bad. Come on go with your heart and do what is right and help this person who has done no real damage but has helped secure the US networks he looked at to find evidence of UFO and free energy. Gary McKinnon or any UK citizen does not deserve to be sent to the US and treated like a terrorist. Conservatives / Lib Dems even / Labour please come to the issue and help not just Gary but as you know many injustices in this extradition treaty.

Interesting to see that so far only 9 Conservatives have signed the EDM.

Does this mean that if elected David Cameron would be likely to keep the one sided extradition treaty that the Conservatives have previously spoken out so forcefully against.
I'm extremely surprised that Dominique Grieve hasn't yet signed.

Hopefully more Conservatives will come out of the woodwork to give us an indication of what to expect when and if they are elected.

So Far only 13 Liberal Democrats have signed the EDM despite the Liberal party openly coming out against this one sided treaty that is ruining the lives of decent families and is rarely used against real terrorists.

Evidence should have to be provided which is able to be contested before any extradition can take place.
Especially when the Criminal Prosecution Service is not only standing back to allow America to take our citizens but they are also colluding with the Americans in order to secure an extradition.
The CPS use at least four barristers and a lot of manpower to ensure that the extradition of the chosen U.K citizens takes place....Why?

14 Labour MP's (including one independent) have had the guts to go against their own leadership to sign this EDM that can hopefully get this extradition treaty back into the House of Commons for debate and much needed amendment.

This treaty should cease immediately and revert to the old treaty until U.K citizens are given the same rights as has been "given" to their U.S counterparts by our government.

Why should the Labour government have given greater rights to U.S citizens while at the very same time stripping those rights from their own U.K citizens.
We have a right to have evidence provided before extradition to America can take place?....and those hard won rights were "given" away and for no other reason than to appease the American government.

The Labour leadership have obviously forgotten that they work for us and not for the American government.

1 Scottish National Party member "Angus Macneil" has also signed the EDM number 2388.

I have written to my M.P. Jacqui Smith asking her to sign the EDM. I hope I am not too late!

"I have written to my M.P. Jacqui Smith asking her to sign the EDM. I hope I am not too late!"

Erm. Good luck with that! Incidentally, there was some mention of Ed Gibson earlier - if you'd like to write to him and express you concern at current events he can be reached at:

edgibson0105@hotmail.com

You can help Gary by putting pressure on David Cameron to ask all his MP's to sign EDM 2388 on

0207 219 0234

or email:

camerond@parliament.uk

"Feynman’s Maxim: An organization will fear and despise loyal vulnerability assessors and others who point out vulnerabilities or suggest security changes more than malicious adversaries."

http://www.ne.anl.gov/capabilities/vat/seals/maxims.html

Why do we allow governments to do such things ?

Workers of the world unite!
You have nothing to lose but your chains
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

About the torture:
Article 5 of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

also read Article 3 of the geneva convention - I think that the Geneva Convention still applies to gary as he is a prisoner

Our Government seems to think that we, British Citizens are owned by the
US government

free him now .britian doesn't send anyone to any country that has the death penelty
so why is he been sent to usa?
british hiprocrits.

OH MR USA im so sorry we will send him right away
F****** T****

I have written to my MP, who has replied. It appears that he is on your side and I think he will do what he can. Its a shame that those who make the final decisions dont have the courage to stand up for you, for fear of the repurcussions on them of indirectly offending the good old US of A.

I fully support Gary Mckinnon's appeal against extradition to the US. It is my belief that he would face an unfair and unsympathetic trial whilst there. I beieve that a US court would not fully consider his disability and the implications that this would hold in reference to the case.

I have just read in the local paper about Gary McKinnon, and the extradition attempts being made by the USA for hacking into various databases.

Firstly I want to strongly condone this action, the UK fail people with Autism once they enter adulthood and if this extradition is allowed this sends the largest message to people with disabilities of any kind that they are second class citizens. My brother 'aged 21' has aspergers syndrome the same as Gary. He does not leave the house and spend most of his time educating himself on his computer and in books. He like Gary no doubt have an exceptionally high intelligence which is what would have lead to Gary hacking into these systems after reading his story I cried my heart out as this could so easily be my brother.

The thing people do not understand about Aspergers is the thirst for knowledge and to master their chosen path, once mastered they move on to something new and challenging.

I do not believe Gary poses any threat what so ever to the USA, they are wasting time and money attempting the extradition. How dare they say it took them millions of dollars to fix the breaches - they should be thanking him and actually asking him to try and breach them again and again as he is a weapon against terrorism.

I strongly urge you to back Gary's family is stopping this action.

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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.

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You are free to condemn Gary McKinnon's past stupidity, and to highlight the need for appropriate, proportionate criminal justice, all of which Gary accepts.

Please try to be polite (although you will not be banned simply for the odd expletive).

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If you feel the need to publicise lots of URLs (especially without explanation), or lengthy articles, not directly related to Gary McKinnon's extradition case, then link to your own blog article, otherwise your comment will be filtered out as spam.

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Gary_McKinnon_Bow_Street_Magistrates_24_Nov_2005_600.jpg Gary McKinnon outside Bow Street Magistrates' Court, London, 24th November 2005

Bow_Street_Magistrates_Gary_McKinnon_24_Nov_2005_600.jpg Gary McKinnon outside Bow Street Magistrates' Court, London, 24th November 2005

Gary_McKinnon_Janis_Sharp_15Jan2009_150min.jpg Gary McKinnon and his mother Janis Sharp at the Doughty Street Chambers press conference 15 January 2009

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)

gary-janis-mayday_150.jpg Gary McKinnon and his mother Janis Sharp at the May Day Bank Holioday 2010 balloon release event event near the Houses of Parliament

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

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.

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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.

Email Contact

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

info@freegary.org.uk

Download our PGP Public Encryption Key, if you want to make use of it to send us anything confidential.

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.

Follow Gary's mother on Twitter

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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/

https://tweetstorm4gary.wordpress.com/ #TweetsStorm's in support of Gary Mckinnon.

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