Another Parliamentary Written Answer about the current status of the Gary McKinnon extradition case

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Another Parliamentary Written Answer about the current status of the Gary McKinnon extradition case:

HC Deb, 15 June 2010, c385W

Gary McKinnon
Home Department
Written answers and statements, 15 June 2010

Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Hall Green, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the request from the US Administration for the extradition of Gary McKinnon.

Nick Herbert (Minister of State, Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)

The UK's policy and practice is to give maximum assistance to all of its extradition partners in accordance with domestic law and international obligations. It expects no less in return. In Mr McKinnon's case, proceedings under the Extradition Act 2003 are now at an end, but the Government have agreed to look afresh at whether new evidence demonstrates that extradition would breach Mr McKinnon's human rights. To that end, we are considering further representations which Mr McKinnon's solicitors submitted to us on 8 June.

More generally, the Government have undertaken to review the 2003 Act and the UK-USA Extradition treaty.

Does the current anti-British hysteria, egged on by Barack Obama's government, over the 40% US owned multinational BP oil company, make it more likely that the UK government will not allow force the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the USA ?

18 Comments

Just free Gary and allow him to get back to his family!!!

u people leave my boy alone gary if not im going to................!!!

u people free my boy gary & leave him alone,if not im going to.............!!!

free my boy
if not, im going
to ................!!!

My name is Anton, and recently at the moment I learned of the history of gary, and I am touched by what he is accused, I am in favor of gary, I give all my support from Chile, the truth will be known sooner or later, force gary from chile

http://www.securitynewsportal.com/cgi-bin/news555.cgi?target=A/428581918?-18613&securitynews=Wikileaks%20founder%20breaks%20cover%20but%20on%20permanent%20alert

"Manning is being held by the US military in Kuwait after "confessing" to a Californian hacker on a chatline, declaring he wanted "people to see the truth"."

Truth is a national security threat...

Hhhmmm.......

Open Government
Full Disclosure
Access to Information

Well some real terrorists are spared extradition today. But they faff around over Gary, pitiful.

Gary, is just one of the few men who seeks the truth and wants to end sufferings in this monopolized world. The US on the other hand goes the opposite direction.

Just this morning the local 60's - 70's rock 'n' roll radio station announced that "The Swiss court has found the way of common sense.” and denied the U.S. request to extratdite Mr. Polanski.

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20100712/NEWS11/100712001/Switzerland-will-not-extradite-Polanski-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10601930.stm

Why does my adopted country - the U.K. - continue to embarrss me by tormenting one of its citizens - Gary - with an eight year long attempt to extradite him? When common sense requires that Gary go free. I will donate money to Gary for a plane ticket to Switzerland. Will someone kindly have a Briton contact me about helping Gary evade the American authorities? I still love Britain, even though it's inscrutible.

The Russians left me behind in the spy swap. I hereby denounce the U.S.S.R. and renounce my honourary title of "Comrade Citizen." I will never again trust a beautiful Russian handler - Anna Chapman - just because she's beautiful and intelligent. Yet, I don't denounce Anna, she at least left me her Pavlovian brand tread mill. I'll never forget you Anna.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/12/anna-chapman-call-father-fbi-spy-arrests

As I wrote in yesterday's blog that has been censored, Gary must go to Switzerland to plead his case. The Swiss government has common sense. It denied Mr. Polanski extradition to the U.S. because of the inherent wrong in the U.S. extradition process.

Gary has been tormented eight years by the U.K. government on behalf of the neo-Stalinist Americans. It's time for every fair minded person to give Gary money for a plane ticket to Switzerland; the only country that will give him justice.

I apologize to fg. I just saw yesterday's post here. It wasn't censored. That's why I don't fool myself into thinking I'm any good on the Internet. I even defer questions about the r/m field to fg, though I'm speak machine language. Again, I'm sorry for the mistaken censorship accusation.

Gary did'nt harm any goverment equipment but yet they say he did. COME ON PEOPLE,they picked Gray as a warning. Are best defences(clever guys working for us Military) are being fooled. Garys A top man, all he wanted is to help the world TRUE HERO.
SAVE GARY!

THE NEW TIME TRAVELLERS: A JOURNEY TO THE FRONTIERS OF PHYSICS, David Toomey, 2007, W. W. Norton & Company Ltd.: London, Great Britain, makes it abundantly clear that there's people like Gary who want to make the world a better place for everyone by enabling people to develop to their fullest potential by allowing them to have what they need to live a good life. That would be free energy, adequate food, knowledge, and the other things that Gary tried to pry out of the Military Industrial Complex.

Then there's people who don't want to end starvation, disease, illiteracy (slavery) and instead, use death, destruction, threats, intimidation, war, etc. to prevent that. They're at the Pentagon and they're in control of the world. I not only feel sorry for Gary, but I feel sorry for the rest of human-kind that's being denied the opportunity to live a full life.

Wouldn't it be better for Americans and Haitians, for example, to have peace and health, whereby they could learn about quantum mechanics and Planck-Wheeler Time and make the world a better place? The terrorists in Somalia and Pakistan-Afghanistan are no match for the U.S. military. They're just an excuse for the warrior-elite that wants to end the quest for world peace that started at the end of World War II in Western Europe.

From what I've seen in the news, I've come to conclusion that Gary's extradition problem is hopeless. I hope he continues to get high, help others, and seek knowledge.

http://prd.aps.org/

@ Honeybear - do not jump to hasty conclusions about "censorship" on this blog. Any blog posting is liable not to appear immediately due to the automatic spam filters.

If your comment is not too far off topic and is otherwise polite, then it will eventually appear within a day or two at most.

Free Gary! stop using him as some kind of example, it isnt working! We all know this is what you're doing and it will just make as more angry AT you not AFFRAID of you!

Governmanets and co-orperations are 100% we all know this, so stop ruining this mans life for nothing! We all know most of your so called "case" against him is lies anyway! This will prove nothing for you and will get you nowhere, you would mak more of a possetive impact for yourselves if you drop it and leave him be!

Has the british government gone mad? The evil terrorist Abu Hansa has his extradition stopped by the interferance of the european court, while gary looses his fight to have his extradition stopped. The British government needs to stop snivelling to Europe and America, stand up for itself and send them the terrorist and let gary go!

I can see where Gary's coming from: David Gross: "Never, never, never, never give up." (Winston Churchill, p. 240, ENDLESS UNIVERSE: BEYOND THE BIG BANG, 2007, Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, Doubleday: New York, New York, U.S.A.). O.M.G. Churchill was British; go the full 15 rounds Gary. O.M.G. modern boxing is a British invention. Gary, you must support your government by opposing your government's attempt to extradite you. You have a duty to the British establishment and culture to stop its action in your case so that the British establishment and culture may continue. Sometimes, I envy your situation. What if scientists ran the world?

Hey Gary's case was discussed today between Obama and Cameron... why isn't this reported here ???

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10704452

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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):

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