Daily Mail: An affront to British justice: Gary McKinnon extradition CAN be stopped, says Lib Dem QC

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The Daily Mail newspaper has published another powerful letter, from Lord Carlile of Berriew, the Liberal Democrat peer and eminent QC, who is still the Government's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and therefore well aware of extradition and national security issues.

An affront to British justice: Gary McKinnon extradition CAN be stopped, says Lib Dem QC

By James Slack and Michael Seamark
Last updated at 1:34 AM on 31st May 2010


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Home Secretary Theresa May has temporarily halted his removal to consider new medical evidence.

Mr Clegg - previously one of Gary's staunchest supporters - surprised campaigners when he said: 'What I haven't got power to do, neither has the Home Secretary neither has even the Prime Minister, is to completely reverse and undo certain legal aspects of this.'

Gary's solicitor Karen Todner said: 'I think Nick Clegg needs to understand there is no court decision the Home Secretary would be undermining were she to make a decision based on the medical evidence which she now has that Gary McKinnon
should not be extradited.'

His lawyers are submitting new evidence to Mrs May, who is then expected to spend weeks considering it. Mrs May has also ordered a review of the 2003 Extradition Act.

Legal experts insist that - while lopsided - the Extradition Act does allow Gary to be saved.

Advice obtained from human rights QC Tim Owen and Julian Knowles, one of the UK's leading extradition lawyers, by the Mail stated the Act 'gives the English courts the primary responsibility - but, importantly, not the exclusive responsibility - for ensuring that...safeguards are maintained'.

They went on: 'It is therefore plain the Home Secretary has the power - and indeed the duty - to intervene in any extradition case, even after the court process has ended, if the evidence establishes that there is a real risk of a human rights breach should extradition proceed.

'Statements made to the contrary are obviously and plainly wrong.'


Lord Carlile's letter in full

'I welcome the Home Secretary's recent decision to delay the Judicial Review in the case of Gary McKinnon.

Theresa May was right to agree to reconsider the lawfulness of extraditing this vulnerable but misguided computer obsessive, in the face of compelling medical evidence as to the risks associated with enforcing his extradition.

It takes a principled and wise Secretary of State to hear the advice of civil servants, political advisors and Government law officers and yet still take on board that available from third party legal advisors outside Whitehall.

Twice I have been compelled to set out my views, based on expert legal opinion of others, to Mrs May's predecessors This case is not only of legal importance, but also of considerable public interest and concern.

One of the submissions to the High Court in London by the Home Office's lawyers last year stated that 'the Home Secretary is powerless to stop this extradition'. It was then my view that this contention is wholly wrong in law - and this remains my view today. Clearly a misunderstanding of a Home Secretary's powers should not be used as justification for a decision to extradite this unfortunate British citizen.

There is no doubt that Mr McKinnon could be prosecuted in this country, given that the acts of unlawful access occurred within our jurisdiction (ie from his computer in North London) and that he has admitted the offences.

I am not alone among experienced lawyers in considering the Home Secretary has the power to halt this extradition. I have read the opinion of the brilliant public lawyer Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC: he has reinforced my view that laying the circumstances for a domestic prosecution is not only within the power of this Government, but is wholly justifiable.

US prosecutors should now accept the singular circumstances of the case. It is a one-off, that suggests no precedent for other cases. They should accept that the British authorities should be entitled to deal with the case in full, taking fully into account the impact upon the alleged victim agencies in the USA, such as the Pentagon.

It is wholly conceivable that the US authorities would seek to prosecute their own citizens in lieu of extraditing them to Britain, were the circumstances reversed.

The English legal system is perfectly positioned to deal with cases of this nature making McKinnon's extradition both unnecessary and disproportionate.

Moreover, a decision to prosecute here would not be without precedent. There have been at least three other cases of hacking into US computer systems that have been prosecuted in the UK. It is unfathomable why Mr McKinnon should be treated differently.

This case has rumbled on for over 8 years. A just, compassionate and lawful decision is seriously overdue. The choice is not just to extradite or set free. There should be a UK investigation and where real evidence of unlawful behaviour exists, Mr McKinnon should be held to account.

However, for this to happen our Government needs properly to take responsibility for this case rather than cede prosecution to another jurisdiction.

The prolonged wrangling over his case discredits the previous Government and shines an uncomfortable spotlight on the workings of the Extradition Act 2003.

In my view, our extradition arrangements need urgent examination, particularly to allow judicial consideration of the correct jurisdiction for prosecution where more than one country seeks to lay claim (known in legal terms as natural forum).

As parliamentarians, we should recognise our primary duty is to protect not only British interests but also the most vulnerable and eccentric in our society.

By all accounts the uncertainty in this case continues to have a severely detrimental effect on McKinnon's mental health. His and his family's anguish is evident to all.

This is an exceptional case, worthy of exceptional consideration. I believe we now have the Government to give just that.'

16 Comments

A simple point. The Americans do torture people. There is ample evidence, indeed photgraphic evidence of this torture. Especially invoking "anti-terrorism" and "national security"

My question is this: why will we not even deport foreign criminals from Britain to their own countries where torture occurs and yet send one of our own to face god knows what in the US. Maybe the US has given "assurances". But then, so does Egypt.

Answer has to be that this case is the classic, defining case of a Labour Government so in thrall to the Americans that nothing at all was out of bounds. Until we see the US more clearly and deal with them more cooly we place ourselves in peril just as Gary is in Peril. What needs to change is our relationship with America. And soon

Sorry to say fg, the above is not the defining case, as others face even worse treatment and are currently more ill than Gary McKinnon.

You lost your credibility when you let Janis Sharp and others and maybe yourself indulge in several identities to give the impression of more support than really exists or existed.

I do not expect you to allow a real person to tell the truth here, but I will just copy and paste it to Twitter, even the twitter accounts Gary McKinnon supporters have are several.

Gary McKinnon should not be extradited, I can make a stronger case with Liz Prosser and my wife who has Cancer.

When a campaign to save one person persists in claiming Gary McKinnon to be the defining most unjust case, people like me will respond in kind.

Even Wanton Child by Gary McKinnon made the top ten in the world, not because it was good but because I manipulated My-space.

How can the public know who is real on this forum when people are using several identities?

Enjoy your Blog.

What a greedy person you are Brian.
Having just experienced your wife on Twitter , where she called me a #tosser for saying that the #freegary tag was about Gary - i can see that you are a disagreeable lot.
The hashtag on Twitter was setup for Gary Mckinnon - not for you or your wife?
#freegary is about and for #GaryMckinnon and so that shall remain.
How many supporters of Gary there are and however many names/aliases/accounts they use - is their business - You should paddle your OWN canoe mate?
Shame on you for your show of dis-unity to the anti-Extradition camp.
Your case has ALL the merit of Gary's - we ALL believe that to Extradite with no evidence is wrong.
In your own case - you guys are charged with 'knowingly' supplying chewmicals which 'could be' used to manafacture illegal drugs?
If you want to 'attack' Gary's Mother, #fg or any of Garys supporters - then you do yourself NO favours.
Agreed that the chemicals 'were' perfectly legal in the UK at the time - but - also you must remember that they were tracked back to you from the US.
I WILL ONLY SAY THIS - you have your OWN hashtag and you really should stick to it !
The only similarity between your cases is EXTRADITION - so GROW UP !
Climb out of your pram and Pick up your dummy !
SHAME - SHAME - SHAME !!!

Wow this is really something to observe and read about. A Drug Profiteer squabbling with a Vandalistic Hacker over who is more deserving of being able to avoid prosecution for their crimes.

I guess if you ever needed some defining examples of pathetic, this would have to be one of the prime examples. It is hard to pick which emotion this brings out...pity or disgust. I believe I would have to choose the later.

See you both over here in the Grand US of A soon. ;)

Brian Howes

Brian, Janis has done nothing but raise your cases profile and others when campaigning for her son. Her heart is in the right place and always thinking of others who are also in need of help to stop them being extradited. Please remember this! This is about saving people from being extradited from their home country and civil liberties.

@ Brian Howes - even though you seem to be very jealous of the publicity and support which Gary McKinnon has, I still support your case for being tried in the UK rather than being extradited to the USA.

Unfortunately for you, your spiteful, negative online campaigning, has lost you a lot of sympathy.


Is Brian Howes that chap who a few years ago posted a message that he was suicidal? That message wouldn't have helped anyone suicidal. I'm glad that "Brian" is still around. Love your neighbor really does help.

Interesting book. I am reading `Body of Secrets - Anatomy of the ultra secret National Security Agency`. According to the book, anything that threatens national security is an enemy, given. However - a threat includes any element that which causes LOSS OF PROFIT! And as such worthy of military action. Thus, anything that initiates a loss is a target.

This concept is important to understand the mindset of usa.

The book also outlines how wars are manufactured for profit. It is obvious that 911 was manufactured. And the only threat that Gary McKinnon poses to the us is disclosure of secrets.

My question to the extradition supporters - why pursue Gary anyways, instead of trying to bury the evidence, you should go public and be proud of being who you are - corporate ho`s - if the truth creates discomfort then that is unproductive and can cause loss of profit in itself - which by definition, makes one also a terrorist.

Way I see it is Gary didn`t cause the US any loss of profit - so give it up. Concentrate on hackers who only cause loss of profit. And come out of the closet for christs sake- stop living in denial.

Elle

Brian.

Gary's publicity helps everyone in the extradition queue.

When his extradition is stopped and the treaty comes under review, you should be glad of Gary's publicity because it will save you, your wife and kids too.

Gary's listed in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2010: THE BOOK OF THE DECADE, on page 153, under "Biggest Military Computer Hack" and on the very next page under "Highest Defense Budget," the USA is stated to have the world's largest defense budget, to account for %48 of the world's military spending, and have a defense budget that is greater than the next 44 highest-spending countries combined.

How could money or LOSS OF PROFIT matter? Something else is going on that's being kept from us. It's mind control. If we buy into the establishment's way of thinking, then they win. Gary was looking for alternative energy and alternative knowledge and he's still free because he still has an alternative mindset. He rejects the establishment mindset. Bigger is not better. Think out of the box.

1. How could Gary have penetrated the "Biggest and Largest" if money mattered and you agree with the establishment mindset?

2. How could the "Biggest and Largest" have lost the Vietnam War if money mattered and you agree with the establishment mindset?

3. How could one man, Gary, still be holding out against the "Biggest and Largest" if money mattered and you agree with the establishment mindset?

4. How could any person, group, or country act contrary to the wishes of the "Biggest and Largest" if money mattered and you agree with the establishment mindset?

I just dedicated a web-page to Gary. Check it out. There'll be more. If anyone has questions about the r/m field, ask fg.

We torture people. I say sir, you are a liar, a coward, and supremely ignorant.

A veteran of 24 years of serving thru the enlisted and officer ranks, and working and living in the Middle East thereafter, and returning to the USA in 2006, I say you are an utter fool. If you want to know what torture really is, then you need go no further than your own arrogant land and its barbaric behavior in the Irish prisons and interrogations.
Or perhaps you have personal experience with the techniques in Africa or the Persian Gulf area? I think not.

The point is I would have been diagnosed an Ashberger's candidate in my childhood under present medical symptoms, but attained an engineering degree, was highly successful in military and civilian life, and had a family that taught responsibility, and enforced it throughout my life.

The age of this gentleman is indicative of a dawdling mother, and the typical European syndrome of living off the folks rather than getting on with life form the age of 18.

Pain and punishment for what this wanton hacked has done is in order. Any person smart enough and willful enough to do what he had done deserves the fullest measure of justice whether it be American or British. Short of torture, he should feel the pain of risking our lives while knowingly playing around in the name of UFO skulduggery.

Only an equally claimed idiot would fall to this mother's plea of mercy. This is a man, a British citizen who should be arrested and punished under British law, and not under American justice system.

But unless the British have the guts to be the British of historical olde, then perhaps bringing him to the USA to punish him may be in order after all. Here men are real men, and make no excuses or need mother's tears to shield them from their own folly and crimes.

As far as torture, listening and reading these liberal freaks cries about something they know nothing about, but I highly recommend we send them abroad to experience the real world's hate for western civilization and Christianity first hand. then perhaps they would love the culture and civilization that stemmed from England when honor and queen and country were far more valued than life itself.

Gary McKinnon is a poor excuse not just as a man, but as a representative of the cut and mold of the typical Englishman.

@ Joseph D. Yuna - it interesting that even with your contempt for "Europeans" you agree with us that

This is a man, a British citizen who should be arrested and punished under British law, and not under American justice system.

However you are very wrong about

Short of torture, he should feel the pain of risking our lives while knowingly playing around in the name of UFO skulduggery.

Gary did not risk anyone's life !

Gary did not cause the appalling weaknesses in the US military computer network (no internet firewall, no local administrator password !), he only exploited them.

But so did lots of other people from around the world, including "Chinese" and "Russian" intelligence agencies etc.

What should really infuriate any former US military personnel like yourself, is the betrayal by the senior military officers, civilian defense contractors, government bureaucrats and politicians, who , either through incompetence, or corruption, or perhaps deliberate treason, failed to secure those networks, not just for a day or a week, but for over 2 years.

Any trial in the USA will see dozens or perhaps hundreds, of current and former US military officers either called to testify or questioned by the press and media, why they ignored all the security audits conducted during this period.

First and foremost, Gary should go to work for Wikileaks. Second, I was in the 101st Airmobile Division during the early '70's and I saw men fail physically. I also worked as a manual laborer in "Scandinavian" (giants compared to other men) Minnesota and saw many of my male co-workers, bigger and stronger than me, walk off the job at noon, to never come back or in one case, down on his hands and knees, dry heaving, during the heat of summer and then having his girl-friend drive to the work site to bring him one of her dresses and drive him home, because he couldn't take it.

Gary has done nothing to question his man-hood and you're obviously not qualified to express an opinion on the subject of machismo. To critisize Gary and other Europeans because they have strong family ties and mothers who fight for their children indicates that you're a good American - a sociopath. God save the world.

Hey, my web-site has been shut down. Good News, huh? It was on a server in Canada. It seems that the U.S. government is now going on the offensive against its critics. It'll be interesting if it becomes more stubborn in Gary's case.

The Pentagon is probably freaking out that it will have to treat Gary fairly. Anyway, if I just took a hit for Gary or Wikileaks, so much the better.

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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:

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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.

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This Pledge closed on 8th June 2006, and attracted 745 pledge signatures.


People have petitoned the Prime Minister (Tony Blair):

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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):

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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