The famous musician David Gilmour CBE, formerly of Pink Floyd, is supporting Gary McKinnon's cause, by helping to sing on a Protest Song, which will hopefully penetrate the massive "security" and media hype surrounding President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which is frightening off so many peaceful democratic protestors from the G20 summit in London next week.
Thursday 26th March 2009
David's Vocal Support For McKinnon Extradition Protest
Gary McKinnon is a Scot, accused of the computer hacking of US military Web sites, and under threat of extradition to the US to stand trial. He has thus far been unsuccessful in fighting extradition, under the current extradition treaty between the UK and the US, seen by many as one-sided.
Gary's mother Janis Sharp is organising a 'sing-in' protest on Thursday 2nd April, involving a multi-artist rendition of Graham Nash's 'Chicago', which originally referenced the 'Chicago 7', arrested for protesting at the 1968 Democratic Convention. David has contributed a vocal part to the backing track, although plans are not yet finalised re: other artists' involvement.
David is not able to participate in person at the April 2nd protest, but said: "Gary McKinnon should not be being extradited to the USA for his naïve hacking. It is a heavy handed response from the US and it's hard to understand that the English justice system could not be more effectively used to prevent this. I am hoping that common sense will prevail".
Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome by eminent psychologist Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Gary McKinnon has been the subject of a radio play, The McKinnon Extradition, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Further updates will appear as more information is received.
Hopefully some other musicians will also join in and show their support.
April 2nd 2009 also happens to be the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, which is being
Janis Sharp's new lyrics [updated 30th March] to Graham Nash's song Chicago, should have particular resonance for US President Barack Obama, or his political advisors, many of whom share his background in Chicago community politics, and who may be able to influence the US Federal Government bureaucracy's attempt to extradite Gary McKinnon from the UK: