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The House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs, chaired by Keith Vaz MP, is

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Alan Johnson to be grilled by MPs over his decision to extradite Gary McKinnon

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, is set to be questioned publicly by an all-party committee of MPs over his decision to extradite computer hacker Gary McKinnon to America.

By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 20 Oct 2009

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The Daily Telegraph has learned that the Commons' home affairs select committee is planning to a special session to examine how the treaty has been used by prosecutors, and whether the home secretary should be given discretion to try cases in the UK.

The MPs will also want to examine why US lawyers need only demonstrate "reasonable suspicion" for an extradition warrant to be granted in Britain. There is no reciprocal agreement for the Crown Prosecution Service in America.

Witnesses to be called to give evidence include Mr Johnson, the Home Secretary, and the family of Mr McKinnon, who suffers from autism, sources said.

Keith Vaz MP, the committee's chairman, said: "When considering this Treaty, the principal of reciprocity has long been contentious. I support calls for a review of this treaty in order to get the best deal for UK citizens.

"The case of Gary McKinnon highlights the difficulties in the current extradition relationship between the UK and the US. It is clear that the US got a better deal from the Extradition Treaty.

"The Treaty needs to allow Ministerial discretion in exceptional circumstances such as the case of Gary McKinnon.

"Ministers should always be able to intervene in these circumstances. The Home Affairs Committee will be looking at this issue in the future."

Separately Conservative peers will today seek to amend the legislation by attaching amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill which would allow prosecutors to bring charges in the UK if the crime was committed here.

David Burrowes, the shadow justice minster and Mr McKinnon's MP, said: "This is a good opportunity for Parliament to provide a degree of fairness and justice to the extradition arrangements, and help people like Gary to have justice in this country."

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This seriousness of the legal implications of this case, not just for Gary McKinnon, but for all the rest of us as well, is illustrated by just how much of a mainstream Westminster political hot potato it has become.

The Times newspaper reports:

From The Times
October 17, 2009

Pentagon hacker wins a US extradition delay for psychiatric review

Frances Gibb, Legal Editor

Lawyers for the Home Secretary have agreed to delay moves to extradite Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker, pending a review of fresh psychiatric evidence.

Last week Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, was refused permission to take his case to the Supreme Court and faced 14 days to make representations. But government lawyers have now said that they will set aside the 14-day deadline to take time for consideration of the evidence.

Karen Todner, Mr McKinnon's lawyer, said: "We do take some hope from this. It is the first time that Alan Johnson will have a proper opportunity to consider the reports in this case and it shows that he is taking it seriously. In the meantime we don't want to be hammering on his door."

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Will this sort of Joanna Lumely style charm soften the heart
of the the former hardline Communist, avowed atheist, former Trades Union apparatchik and current 6th choice as Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson ?

More detailed reporting by The Daily Mail:

Fresh hope for Gary McKinnon as his U.S. extradition is delayed

By James Slack and Michael Seamark
Last updated at 1:18 AM on 17th October 2009

The Home Secretary has halted Gary McKinnon's extradition to consider new medical evidence about the computer hacker's mental state.

The Asperger's victim had been told he could be sent to the U.S. - where he faces 60 years in jail for hacking into military computers - by the end of this month.

But in an unexpected move, Alan Johnson has stopped the extradition clock.

He has asked Home Office lawyers to consider the implications of fresh evidence about Mr McKinnon's state of psychiatric health

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said: 'The Home Secretary has sat on his hands for too long, even in the face of legal advice from leading advocates that contradicts the Home Office's position.

'This new psychiatric report into Gary McKinnon's condition must persuade him that it is no longer acceptable to shrug his shoulders and claim that nothing can be done.

'Alan Johnson should do the decent thing and intervene to ensure that Gary is tried in Britain, where he committed his crime and confessed to it.'

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Mr Johnson's decision to stall the extradition is highly surprising as he has always insisted he is powerless to intervene in the case - a claim hotly contested by independent lawyers.

By halting the process, even temporarily, he appears to be conceding he is at least free to consider Mr McKinnon's plight.

Campaigners will point to the fact that, if he could do nothing, there would be no reason to even study the latest 60-page medical report.

The Home Office may, however, be seeking simply to take all possible steps to avoid further legal challenges.

Rejecting the evidence outright could prompt a judicial review, or action by the European Court of Human Rights.

The consequences of Mr Johnson's actions are that, at the very least, Mr McKinnon has been given more time to fight extradition.

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Is this really just a "going through the motions" political delay, until after the Glasgow East by election, which is due to be held on the 12th November, where a Labour defeat might lead to some desperate Labour party supporters to call for Gordon Brown to step down as leader, in favour of Alan Johnson ?

The British and Irish Legal Institute website has the text of 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.

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)

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Lord Justice Stanley Burnton :

Introduction

1. Following the handing down of judgment in this case and on the Claimant's application for permission to apply for judicial review against the Director of Public Prosecutions, we gave directions for the parties to file and to serve written submissions on the Claimant's application for certification of points of law of general public importance and for leave to appeal. In addition, the Claimant sought an oral hearing in the event that the Court was minded to refuse his applications.

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Article 8

3.

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We therefore refuse permission to apply for judicial review on the Article 8 ground and, it follows, there cannot be a certificate on a point of law on Article 8. In these circumstances, no question of leave to appeal on this ground arises.

Article 3

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5. For the same reason, i.e. that the extradition of the Claimant will not, on the evidence before us, involve or result in treatment that will breach his rights under Article 3, we do not consider that his case raises the points of general public importance suggested by the Claimant in paragraph 1.5 of his submission dated 22 August 2009.

Conclusion

6. In these circumstances, we refuse permission to apply for judicial review against the Secretary of State on the ground of alleged breach of the Claimant's rights under Article 8, and we decline to certify any point of law of general public importance. It follows that we refuse permission to appeal.

Another legal hearing, soley on points of law, on which the learned Judges have virtually no scope for interpreting things in Gary's favour, due to the catch all wording and the political unwillingness of the Labour Home Secretaries to stand up for British justice when they had the opportunity to do so during the bureaucratic Extradition Act 2003 Part 2 Extradition to Category 2 territories legal process.

Note that there were only opportunities to make written legal submissions on "points of law" in this hearing, and no actual forensic evidence or witnesses or the facts of the case against Gary were examined by the Judges or the prosecution or defence lawyers.

What now ? Another attempt to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ? On what grounds ?

The European Court of Human Rights refused to hear the previous attempt to appeal under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), back in August 2009.


See the Human Rights Act 2000 Schedule 1 The Articles:

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Article 3 Prohibition of torture

No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

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Article 8 Right to respect for private and family life

1 Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2 There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

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Gary McKinnon and his family and supporters are yet again awaiting a legal procedural decision about whether or not his case can go forward to be heard by the new UK Supreme Court, or not.

This decision (made behind closed doors, by the legal bureaucracy) is expected tomorrow, Friday 9th October 2009 at 9am.

In theory , even then, the actual Supreme Court could decide to listen to the application to be heard, and then reject this, much as the European court of Human Rights in Strasbourg did., but hopefully, the behind the scenes legal network will have sorted things out and if , given the legal precedent of the Ian Norris case, permission is granted to apply to the UK Supreme Court, then there should be no reason for them to refuse to hear the case.

When they hear it, is another matter.

The USA extradition case of Ian Norris, which also has human rights and medical aspects (prostate cancer), is scheduled to be heard by the new UK Supreme Court on the 30th November 2009. - see the schedule of future sittings (.pdf)

If permission is granted tomorrow, then that would make it unlikely for the Supreme Court to try to squeeze Gary McKinnon's case in this Michaelmas Term (Thursday 1st October 2009 to Monday 21st December 2009), unless, of course, the Home Office try to deport him to the USA anyway.

It is more likely that they will schedule a hearing for the Hilary Term (Monday 11th January 2010 to Wednesday 31st March 2010), or even later.


Janis Sharp, the mother of Gary McKinnon, has been successfully lobbying politicians like Conservative Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling MP, at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

She also addressed the National Autistic Society organised fringe meeting.

The Herald newspaper from Scotland reports:

Gary has been in a really bad way, near suicidal ... this is inhumane

Torcuil Crichton

Published on 8 Oct 2009

The mother of the Scot who is facing extradition to the US on computer hacking charges last night launched an impassioned plea for her son to be allowed to stay in the UK.

Janis Sharp told a fringe meeting of the Conservative Party conference that its pledge to rewrite the country's "one-sided" extradition agreements would come too late to save Glasgow-born Gary McKinnon from being sent to the US for trial.

Mr McKinnon, 43, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, is accused by the authorities of infiltrating Pentagon and Nasa computer networks in what has been described as the "biggest military computer hack of all time". He faces a possible 60 year maximum jail sentence

"I'm not confident the High Court will allow him to go to the Supreme Court, if not he will apply to the European Court, " said Mrs Sharp. "But with the Nat West three the European Court considered their case while they were sent to the US. We're the only country in the world doing this to its own people."

Mrs Sharp spoke after Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Justice Minister, promised an incoming Conservative government would rewrite the "one-sided" laws to make sure that evidence for extradition cases would be heard in the UK.

Mr McKinnon will learn by the end of this week whether he can appeal to the new UK Supreme Court against extradition under a 2003 act, brought in after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Under the law the US government does not have to provide a prima facie case when requesting that a suspect be extradited, causing dissatisfaction among civil liberties campaigners.

"The Americans want to give Gary 10 years on every count because he has embarrassed them," Mrs Sharp told a meeting hosted by the National Autistic Society, which is supporting his case.

His medical condition, diagnosed after the publicity surrounding his arrest, was entered as a factor in his latest appeal but that was rejected by the High Court. Medical experts have concluded there is a grave risk to his health if he is extradited to the US.

Mr McKinnon's legal team claim the new supreme court of England and Wales must hear the appeal under the European convention on human rights. They argue that because the court has agreed to hear an appeal against extradition to the US brought by Ian Norris, a businessman who has prostate cancer, that ruling should also apply to their client.

The case of Ian Norris is scheduled to be heard by the new UK Supreme Court on the 30th November 2009. - see the schedule of future sittings (.pdf)

It would be cruel if Gary were to be extradited to the USA before then, but it is technically possible.

"This is seven-and-a-half years and it is inhumane and it is wrong," said Mrs Sharp. "Gary has been in a really bad way, nearly suicidal. This is on our minds 24 hours a day."

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Dominic Grieve QC MP, the Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Janis Sharp

The Conservative's have promised to "re-write" the US-UK extradition treaty and law.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Conservatives pledge to reform Gary McKinnon extradition treaty

The Conservatives have committed themselves to changing the "lopsided" extradition treaty under which Gary McKinnon faces being extradited to the United States if they win power.

By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 08 Oct 2009

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Dominic Grieve, the shadow Justice secretary, told the party conference in Manchester that "a Conservative government will re-write" the treaty.

Mr Grieve said: "Can someone tell me how counter-terrorism will be served by extraditing Gary McKinnon to the United States for hacking into government computers in search of UFOs.

Janis Sharp, the redoubtable mother of Gary McKinnon, has been attending and lobbying the major UK Political Party conferences with the help of the National Autistic Society charity

At the Labour Party Conference, she spoke with Michael Meacher MP,who together with Keith Vaz MP, the chairman of the Home Affairs select committee, which scrutinises the work of the Home Office (pictured with Janis below) have promised to write to US politicians like Jesse Jackson, and the US Ambassador in London Louis Susman on behalf of Gary McKinnon.
They have also promised to write to the Foreign Secretary David Miliband, to ask him to write to his opposite number in the USA Hilary Clinton

It remains to be seen how much influence these Labour backbench politicians have with the UK Government and with President Obama's US government.

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Janis has also been to the Liberal Democrat conference and to the Conservative party conference - see later reports.

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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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 ?

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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