Gary McKinnon extradition case Judicial Review dates: May 25th & 26th 2010 - after the General Election ?

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Th Register reports:

McKinnon gets a date for 'final' appeal

May appointment with destiny

By John Leyden

Posted in Law, 22nd February 2010 09:54 GMT


Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon and his legal team have been given three months to prepare for a judicial hearing on whether the Home Secretary proceeded correctly in allowing extradition proceedings to proceed in spite of dire medical warnings.

A judicial review will consider the strength of medical opinion that the Asperger's Syndrome sufferer was likely to crack under the strain of a US trial and likely imprisonment.

The date of a two day hearing before two senior judges has been set for 25 and 26 May, McKinnon's mum said last Friday. A ruling can be expected to follow two weeks or so later, by which time a general election will almost certainly have taken place. If opinion polls are to be believed, this is likely to leave Britain with a new government, a factor that may well play to McKinnon's favour. The opposition Tories have tabled debates against the US-UK extradition treaty calling for its reform, in support of McKinnon.

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Remember that this Judicial review will not cross-examine any of the allegations, including the vastly over-inflated claims about "financial" damage, or any actual witnesses or evidence against gary.

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"Butler previously was released from jail in 2002 after serving an 18-month sentence for hacking into Pentagon computers, the report said. He only was sentenced after he stopped cooperating with federal authorities."

What? You gotta see this. This guy gets only 18 months - whilst they want to send Gary away to Guantanamo for 60 years.

Insane.

http://www.scmagazineus.com/13-years-in-prison-cometh-for-the-iceman-hacker/article/163867/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SCMagazineNews+%28SC+Magazine+News%29

What can the Royal Family do to stop the extradition, according to British law. There's the Privy Council. Prince Charles is a member. Of course, the queen is a member. Can either one of them as part of the Council, just put an end to this nonsense and pain. Are there other legal mechanisms available to the Royals to act on their own and end this? For example, if one of them decides that the extradition treaty harms British sovereignty or the national interest, can the Queen kill it - stomp it into the ground? Now's the time for everyone to act. Not just for Gary, but, the harmful precedent that his case will set whereby nothing can stop an extradition to the U.S.

Gary's fighting for all Britains. Are you a British Bull Dog or a lap dog?

@ Honeybear - Her Majesty the Queen is not a "member" of the Privy Council - historically it exists to "advise" her.

Every British Cabinet Minister gets automatically rubber stamped as a Member of the Privy Council, and usually a couple of Opposition party leaders are appointed as well. There are also politicians from Commonwealth countries.

Other Members of the Privy Council are usually current or former senior Judges and senior military officers and civil service Whitehall mandarins - membership of the Privy Council is for life.

See the list of Privy Counsellors (note the spelling)

The prefix "the Right Honourable" , usually abbreviated to "Rt. Hon." or "Rt Hon", signifies membership of the Privy Council, even though the Labour Home Secretaries who have dithered over the Gary McKinnon case, have been neither "right", nor "honourable".

The Privy Council has no power to intervene in the United Kingdom judicial system i.e. the Gary McKinnon case under the Extradition Act 2003.

However, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which consists solely of senior Judges, does

...act as the highest court of civil and criminal appeal

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for many current and former Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom’s overseas territories, crown dependencies, and military sovereign base areas.


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The Judicial Committee also hears very occasional appeals from a number of ancient and ecclesiastical courts. These include the Church Commissioners, the Arches Court of Canterbury, the Chancery Court of York, prize courts and the Court of Admiralty of the Cinque Ports.

Five judges normally sit to hear Commonwealth appeals, and three for other matters. These judges are usually Justices of The Supreme Court.

Whatever influence members of the Royal Family may have on the Gary McKinnon case will be entirely "behind the scenes" - they cannot and will not ever say anything "political" in public, especially in the run up to a General Election, without causing a constitutional crisis, which would threaten their own position.


Thanks and the info on the Counsellors on the Council is fascinating. It's also hopeful. I hope after the election, the Royal Family will make the personal the political. Elected British politicians have proven they can't govern. Prince Charles is real hope. Some of the power taken away from the Royal Family should be restored - could this loss be part of the reason a fine young man like Gary is suffering? Consider the Spanish Royal Family. They're much more involved in politics and the Spanish government, to understate it, runs much more smoothly. Spain seems to be doing alright, Royals and all.

FREE GARY - RESTORE THE MONARCHY.

I was just looking through and reading some of the info on this site. Good PR Campaign.

But, I think you are dreaming if you believe the Royals or the Tories are going to get anywhere near this case.

It's like the Amanda Knox case and so many others like it. Governments look at them, look at the facts and generally don't touch them with a cattle prod unless there is an extremely good case for intervention. Huge PR Campaigns or not, facts are facts. Common sense is common sense. The Case I see being put forward on this site. tbh - appears whooly and a bit concocted.

Hey ho though, one last appeal. But when that is over, regardless of the outcome I for one, hope we hear less and less of this.

I don't have the right to rain on your parade...
Just saw the pictures of the December protest.

It erks me to no end to see massive PR campaigns generated around guilty people. But.
Gary's mother, well, it's his mother. She has every right and I commend her for her efforts and can respect her motivations.

I still believe it's a lost cause... but wish her peace and a 'calmness' on her road ahead.

Gary, on the other hand. Do the right thing, Stand up be a Man and take responsibility for your actions.

Can't you see the pain you are causing people around you???

I will now respectfully bow out as one of the few cynics that visit this site to "rant"!

Innocent until proven guilty Rob.

Allegations are not facts and in disclosure from the Crown Prosecution Service at the last court hearing, the lawyer for the CPS had marked the supposed evidence presented by the U.S as "No Evidence and Hearsay".

Had the U.S applied to extradite Gary in 2002 they would have to have presented real evidence of the alleged damage....but they waited for three more years to apply to the U.K to extradite, as by then the U.K was using the one sided extradition treaty with the U.S and the U.S no longer had to produce any evidence of the alleged damage.

Says it all my friend.

There are 300 intrusions into U.S military computers every day but they've only applied to extradite a UFO guy with Aspergers Syndrome.

Shame on them

Sorry, I thought Gary openly admitted his guilt of hacking into Government networks for the purpose of disruption; already.

Yes actual damage, to be announced. But isn't that in principle illegal and open to prosecution? If you claim innocence it is innocent until proven guilty... but if you openly admit your guilty... Aren't you guilty??? I'm sure if you pay lawyer enought they'll argue it for you.

If any of the 300 admitted their guilt, I'm sure the US would try them as well. I certainly would expect it to happen to me.

Aspergers: Sorry, but too many reporters who have been following this from the beginning who commented on his demeanor and change of therin once the Aspergers claim came to light... well their candid observations swayed me. You look at all these cases the hit the media.. they all follow the same formula. It's embarrassing to watch.

You have your PR campaign.. there will always be the opposing view being promoted. *We are the angry mob and we read the papers every day, eh?

Let's just hold our breath until the end of May.. and see what happens.

Sorry, I'm new to this story. Background: I am a former member of the US military, and now live and work in Europe. My son has Asperger's Syndrome.

Asperger's is no excuse for Gary's behavior, nor is it a valid argument against his extradition. Asperger's does not interfere with ones ability to know right from wrong.

As far as the hundreds of successful or attempted daily hacks on Pentagon computers, if those hackers can be identified, they will be prosecuted. No one is picking on Gary, he was unlucky enough to get caught.

The remarks/worries about Guantanamo are non-starters. Not gonna happen. Anyone who argues it loses any and all credibility.

The MAXIMUM sentence Gary could face is 70 years. In the US criminal justice system, there is significant leeway granted to the sentencing judge as to the actual sentence. The judge can and almost always takes into account: the defendant's cooperation, past criminal record, expression of remorse, and likelihood of repeating the offense (though some crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences--I don't know about Gary's situation). Rarely is the maximum sentence imposed, and even then, it is rarely fully served due to parole eligibility.


Hi Rob, no Gary has admotted to computer misuse but has never admitted to the alleged damage. Without the damage it wasn't an extraditable offence when Gary was arrested in 2002.

It's wrong that the U.S prosecutors were allowed to wait three + years before requesting extradition from the U.S, also wrong that under this one sided treaty no evidence is required for a British citizen to be extradited but the U.K have to prove probable cause/actual damage, in order to extradite an American citizen.

No one in the world has ever been extradited for computer misuse and no other country but the U.K would extradite their own with no evidence.

Gary was a whistleblower and if he hadn't warned U.S military that they had no paswords or firewalls then who knows what would have happened.

The U.S military has a legal obligation to protect their systems, so are they being tried for negligence? It seems not.

British people should have equal rights to actual Justice


Gary has admitted to computer misuse but has never admitted to the alleged damage. Without the damage it was not an extraditable offence when Gary was arrested in 2002.

It's wrong that the U.S prosecutors were allowed to wait three + years after arrest before requesting extradition from the U.K.

Very wrong that under this one sided treaty no evidence is required for a British citizen to be extradited but the U.K have to prove probable cause/actual damage, in order to extradite an American citizen.

No one in the world has ever been extradited for computer misuse and no other country but the U.K would extradite their own with no evidence.

Gary was a whistleblower and if he hadn't warned the U.S military that they had no passwords or firewalls then who knows what would have happened.

The U.S military has a legal obligation to protect their systems, so are they being tried for negligence? It seems not.

With or without Aspergers Gary should not be being extradited.
In court the Judge agreed that Gary's crimes were significantly less serious than other hacks and no extradition request was made for those hackers.

A Romanian man was convicted of hacking into the Pentagon and about two years ago was given a six month sentence in Romania... No extradition request was made.

An Israeli man hacked into the U.S military, no extradition request was made and he was not given any sentence.

Hackers basically test the security for free. If they can get in then so can hackers from unfriendly countries.

The U.K was told that this treaty was to be used for terrorists but that's not what's happening and some of the most vulnerable U.K citizens are being targetted.

Britain would never try and extradite a U.S citizen for a crime like this and what's more, America would never extradite it's owm for a crime of this nature....and would demand evidence of course.

Aspergers does not excuse someone from responsibility but is a mitigating factor re-obsessive behaviour etc.
Gary can easily be tried in the U.K. He has never been to the U.S.

The extraditions that are being pursued by the U.S are causing bad feeling between our countries.
Gary is not Al qaeda but is being pursued as though he is. He has merely embarrassed the U.S military responsible for security because he accessed their systems from a dial up connection in his bedroom in London and naively admitted to computer misuse without having a lawyer.
He has no previous criminal record.

In the recent past extradition from one country to another was only done for murder and other really serious crimes and in my opinion that unwritten rule should still apply.

There has to be a sense of perspective here.

look for project camelot and gary mckinnon.

The U.S. had an extradition treaty with Afghanistan. Under the treaty, the U.S. had to provide prima facia (? - the spelling isn't important) evidence to Afghanistan in order for Afghanistan to extradite Osama bin Ladin (spelling again?). The U.S. refused to do so even after Afghanistan agreed to extradite bin Ladin if the U.S. would have obeyed it's treaty obligations. Instead, the U.S. invaded.

Gary's opposition to the extradition represents reason, the rule of law, - the U.S. represents, what? It's important to know what and it's not that spectacular. It's just, might makes right. Unfortunately, the U.S. is just now beginning to learn that it's reached the limits of its power.

It appears that there is a hidden hand working behind the scene that will not allow Gary to be extradited and therefore, I'm not worried for Gary or the UK. The U.S. government will turn on its own subjects when it fails to beat Gary and win by force in Afghanistan which, interestingly enough, involve extradition and the rule of law.

God, when I'm finally caught with my hand stuck in the honey pot, please let Crash be the judge.

@ Honeybear - it is spelled prima facie

There was no internationally recognised government of Afghanistan when allied forces invaded, only the Taliban warlords, who did not bother with anything like a proper legal justice system, they just tortured and murdered anyone who opposed them.

It seems more likely that any "hidden hand behind the scenes" has being trying to do exactly the opposite of what you hope for.

If you're correct, fg, then blame just a local Taliban, opium-free, warlord, for blowing up those two 100's of years old Bhuddhist statues.

You mean, Gary's having avoided extradition up to now, considering all of his legal defenses and defeats at the various courts, etc., means that the British "system" works, at least somewhat? O.M.G., L.O.L. Even in that case, I'm not worried and neither should Gary worry.

O.M.G., the chickens have come home to roost. America's complete frustration at still not getting Gary seems to be turning on itself. Thanks Gary.

http://www.rense.com/general90/dcu.htm

"While China is no model human rights champion, America is guilty of far worse crimes as well as all of the above abuses, yet rarely do major media reports reveal them.

On March 13, two days after the State Department's report, China's Information Office of the State Council published its own comprehensive report, titled: "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009," correctly saying America:

"released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2009....posing as 'the world judge of human rights' again. As in previous years, the reports are full of accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China, but turn a blind eye to, or dodge and even cover up rampant human rights abuses on its own territory (and those..."

@ Honeybear - you should not believe very much of what the Communist dictatorship in China pumps out as propaganda - when they talk of "Human Rights" their words mean almost the opposite of what we think they do.

The Communist Chinese have executed. "computer hackers" in the past (admittedly ones who had actually stolen some money from a bank).

China's treatment of hackers is a sobering lesson. It's not too far of a stretch to equate stolen money with the cost of damage that Gary is falsely accused of by the U.S. government - noting that the U.S. is much different than China. The Asian mind is interesting if not inscrutible and comparing American half-truths with Chinese opposite-meanings is a little spookey. If I looked too closely for too long, I'd need a new prescription for my eye-glasses, to differentiate.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/the_films/episode_5_trailer

Nevertheless, Gary's human rights have been and are being violated by the U.S. in this extradition attempt and there may be things in the Chinese report that Gary can use. They cited sources. Would it be cricket for Gary to use them when true?

Why should Gary be nice when they're trying to destroy him physically, mentally, and spiritually?

PLEASE, realise that the bureaucratic system serves the elite only. The bureaucratic system is the overhead that protects the dark elite and controlls the people, even while the people pay for it.

Please watch this video I made from my close encounter with a hovering UFO. Gary got to close to revealing the huge scam of the corrupt governments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AEzX4hw4tI

From my experience I'm 99.99% sure that technological matters like LCD are reverse engineered at the TAX payers costs, and Gary got too close to finding the bureaucratic evidence, meaning he would beat them from within their system.

Rob obviously does not understand the meaning of Aspergers so better off keeping your tunnel views to yourself.

Why would the UK always cry out when situations turns out not to favour them,public international law is about interest and understanding, so either way it goes, they were not bullied into such conventions.

Whether Gary should be tried in the UK revolves around him having a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. If he does, then according to the medical literature, he has to remain in the UK because doing so is the only way for him to receive treatment. It's that cut and dry. Once, the British government knows that that's his diagnosis, they will have to, according to the law, keep Gary home. I don't see how the degree of his diagnosis can be part of a debate whether he can be extradited. He can't have just a little Asperger's. Once the government doctors find that he does, which they already should have, then he stays home. The next matter is the injustice of his being under legal threat for the past eight years. What a nightmare.

By the way, the C.I.A. keeps the U.F.O. phenomenon under control for the same reason everything is controlled - to make money for the controllers. Is it ethical to make us pay to live? pdccdosg.htm

Gary has already been diagnosed with Aspergers by three of the countries worlds leading experts including: Professor Simon Baron Cohen, Professor Jeremy Turke and Doctor Thomas Bernie. The court has already fully accepted this diagnosis as unequivical.
Gary is also suffering from deep depression and the new medical assessments are to determine whether it would be opressive under our Human Rights act to extradite Gary.
However a Psychiatrist put forward by the governments chief Medical Officer is not an expert in Aspergers/autism and has no background in either, so presumably another expert who is more suitable will have to be appointed.

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

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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):

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

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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.

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Legal Links

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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:

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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