Daily Mail: New hope that Gary McKinnon can stay in Britain after Home Secretary agrees to reconsider medical case for extradition

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The Daily Mail reports some potentially good news::

New hope that Gary McKinnon can stay in Britain after Home Secretary agrees to reconsider medical case for extradition

By James Slack and Michael Seamark
Last updated at 12:03 AM on 20th May 2010

Gary McKinnon is to be saved from the threat of immediate extradition as early as today.

Home Secretary Theresa May believes a court case to send the vulnerable hacker to the U.S. - due to begin in a few days - should be halted.

Her intervention gives Gary - who is backed by the Daily Mail's Affront to British Justice campaign - a vital new chance to plead the case for being dealt with in the UK.

Without it, the Asperger's sufferer would have been extradited within weeks to a foreign jail, where it is feared he would be almost certain to take his own life.

Gary faces up to 60 years imprisonment on charges of hacking into U.S. military computers.

Psychiatrists have warned that the 44-year-old - who was looking for evidence of 'little green men' - will kill himself if sent to America under the 'lopsided' Extradition Act 2003.

A succession of Labour home secretaries had abandoned Gary to his fate despite the desperate warnings about the state of his mental health.

But after the Mail's vigorous campaign, which was launched ten months ago and is supported by civil liberties groups, autism charities, celebrities and scores of MPs, Mrs May is understood to want a rethink.

She will now reconsider the medical case for keeping Gary here, where he has agreed to be tried for his 'crimes'.

This reflects a request made by Gary's legal team last week for the new Government to look at the case afresh.

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Mrs May's decision will be formally put to Gary's legal team as early as today, under a process which requires them to agree to adjourn the court case.

The judicial review of former home secretary Alan Johnson's refusal to intervene had been due to begin next week and was virtually a last throw of the legal dice.

If it is adjourned Mrs May can then begin formal consideration of the mountain of medical evidence that Gary is unfit to be extradited.

If it is established that he cannot be allowed to go, it opens the door to a prosecution in the UK.

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Last night Gary's mother Janis Sharp said: 'Obviously, the Home Secretary reconsidering the case would be good news but we will only be happy if we are told it is all over.'

His solicitor Karen Todner, of Kaim Todner, said: 'The legal team is extremely pleased that the Home Secretary appears to have appreciated that she is able to exercise discretion in relation to Mr McKinnon.

'We will make further representations to her in the hope that she will stop this extradition.'


Lawyers are not the only people who can and do "make representations" to the Home Secretary.

When John Reid was Labour Home Secretary, so many of you kindly wrote to the him on behalf of Gary, that the Home Office had to stop sending out individual replies.

Please write to the new Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government Home Secretary on Gary's behalf:

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

Telephone: 020 7035 4848 (09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri)

Fax: 020 7035 4745

Minicom: 020 7035 4742 (09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri). Please note that this service is for members of the public with impaired hearing.

Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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The Home Office website confirms the Daily Mail story:


http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/top-stories/home-sec-adourn-mckinnon

Home Secretary: Adjournment should be sought in McKinnon case

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Theresa May has agreed that an adjournment should be sought in the extradition case of Gary McKinnon.

The Home Secretary has considered the proposal from Mr McKinnon’s legal team and has agreed an adjournment should be sought. An application to the court is being made today.

The US has been seeking to extradite Mr McKinnon from the UK to face trial for hacking into sensitive US government computers.

"You here that Mr. Anderson. That is the sound of Inevitability."

Like I said...A Political Pawn that will be sacrificed.

I just didn't think they would tell the truth so soon after the election.

Thank goodness the new Home Secretary, Teresa May is looking into the case of the extradition of Gary Mckinnon being sent to the US for trial.

As I have stated previously in emails of support for Gary, as a suffered of AS he becomes implusive and obssessed by anything that he becomes interested in - this is a sympton of AS. He is not a criminal, never had any criminal intent, just curiosity! As I have also stated before, the US government should actually be thankful that it was someone like Gary who hacked into their computers, as he had no evil intent towards the US at all; however he did show up the rubbish security system the US obviously has. Perhaps they should thank him instead of trying to punish him to save their own face for lack of their top security.

The whole issue of Gary going for a trial in the US is ridiculous in the extreme, immoral and just downright cruel!

I hope Teresa May and her legal team can find a loophole in this British law brought in by the Labour Government to prevent Gary being sent to the US. He would not surive mentally and emotionally if sent there and I fear may already be in an extremely fragile state.

AS (on the autistic spectrum) although high-functioning in the main, symptons do include high sensitivity, extreme emotional swings and absolute panic and possible partial mental collapse, confusion for anyone with AS who is put under pressure.

We were led to believe that the extradition treaty with the U.S was to be used for Terrorists but Ex U.K Attorney General Baroness Scotland letters to US Senators reassuring them Irish terrorists would not be extradited puts paid to the myth that our government signed the treaty with the U.S in order to extradite terrorists.
Link here: http://bit.ly/9zR4bj

Had Gary McKinnon been the slightest threat whatsoever he would not have been left to remain online for three and a half years after he was arrested in March 2002.
No one in the world has ever been extradited for computer misuse.

Marc Kirby, a computer forensic scientist who was the senior police officer in charge of the National High Tech Crime Unit Squad when Gary was arrested recently made a public statement and said that Gary McKinnon should be tried in the U.K and the ongoing pursuit of him is spiteful and vindictive.

A man in Romania hacked into the Pentagon and was sentenced to eight months prison in Romania and there was no extradition request.

A man in Israel hacked into the Pentagon and was given no sentence whatsoever and there was no extradition request.

Because the last British government were stupid enough to sign away the rights of British citizens via a one sided extradition treaty with the U.S America has taken advantage of this and is targetting our most vulnerable citizens including, 60 year old Liz Prosser, Brian and Kerry Howes and 67 year old cancer sufferer Ian Norris.
Not in a million years would the U.K be targetting American citizens for minor crimes like these, if crimes they were.

All of the U.S allegations against Gary McKinnon are just that, hugely overblown allegations as clearly shown at the last court hearing.

Either the proscutors have no knowledge of computers or hacking whatsoever or they are vindictive to the core.

The U.S wants to extradite a guy with Aspergers for trespassing (as the U.S had no passwords and no firewalls on thousands of machines) and because Gary left countless cyber notes warning them that their security was virtually non existent and they really ought to do something about it.
He was a whistleblower no less and was looking for evidence of UFO technology and Free energy that could help to reduce the effects of climate change.
If someone leaves a securicor van full of gold unattended for not weeks but for years on end and someone walks in, has a look around and alerts the authorities; we would be very glad that he did. The securicor driver would lose his job and the company would not be insured but we would not prosecute the whistleblower.

Disclosure from the CPS at Gary McKinnon's last court hearing showed that the lawyer when responding to evidence provided by the U.S had written "No evidence, Hearsay".

Computer expert Professor Peter Sommer gave a statement to the court saying that the alleged financial damage was not for damage as such but was the cost of the U.S authorities having to install firewalls and security that they should have had installed in the first place.

Know when to let it go U.S. This is making you look bad. Stop pursuing people such as Gary McKinnon, Liz Prosser and the Howes family and send 67 yr old Ian Norris home to the U.K and show that you actually are human.

It's very interesting that Baroness Scotland in her letter to Senator Feingold (http://bit.ly/9zR4bj) asked him to contact Senator Dodd. Because the Baroness contacted one Senator in this case, why shouldn't she have contacted the other (Dodd)? The whole letter appears to be Feingold's marching orders.

If you're British then you know that her reference to Irish/American groups and people suspected of terrorism connected with Ireland is pure propaganda. Ireland is not connected with Nationalist and Republican terrorism in Northern Ireland. In fact, Ireland is more repressive than the UK in regard of political oppression of Nationalists and Republicans.

The extradition treaty stinks even more after the Baroness stirred the pot. Henry Makow's take on Gary is a gust of fresh air.

http://www.henrymakow.com/von_braun_beware_fake_alien_th.html

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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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.

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(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:

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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.

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This blog website is intended to support British citizen Gary McKinnon, who is facing "fast track" extradition to the USA (after over five six seven eight nine ten years since his initial arrest !). Gary was indicted by a US court in November 2002, accused of "hacking" into over 90 US Military computer systems from here in the UK. The unjust treatment of British citizens (and others) when facing the might of the US Military "justice" system, which practices detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, and stands accused of making use of torture by allied regimes ("extraordinary rendition") is an ongoing scandal. It cannot be excused even by a "war on terror". It seems only just that Gary should face any charges in a British court, and to serve any sentence, if he is found guilty, in a British prison. N.B. With the good news that Gary will not now be extradited to the USA, this blog will continue to raise awareness of the issues raised by Gary's case and others who have suffered unjustly through the UK's one sided extradition arrangements with the USA and to a lesser extent, Europe.

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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:

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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