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Putting Gary McKinnon On Trial Will Do Nothing But Shame America

This is a plea for common sense. Gary McKinnon is a British citizen facing extradition to the United States for hacking. He was looking for UFO evidence. It can hardly be called hacking when the systems he accessed did not even have passwords, despite this US prosecutors accuse him of “biggest military computer hack of all time”.

Not a terrorist

Gary McKinnon has aspergers. His fight against extradition has exposed to the British public that Blair signed an unfair one way only extradition treaty. His trial in the US will however be a further blight on the American Judicial System.

Mr. McKinnon is not James Bond. He is not a virus writer. He was not out to sell Army information to hostile Foreign nations. He did not engage in torture. He was not behind 9/11. He was looking for evidence of little green men.

He did not break any systems. He did not remotely format hard discs or destroy data, yet US Prosecutors are charging him with for $$millions in damages, for PCs left online and without any password. He faces decades in jail for gaining access to unsecured PCs.

Surely if there is any “criminal damage” it was caused by the neglect of US Government IT managers, whose failure allowed a man, from England, to remotely access these “top secret” computers, without a password. Perhaps those pointing the finger should be the ones facing prosecution?

It is known that on occasion virus writers get a job with anti virus software houses. If these computers were so difficult to hack into without a password, then rather than prosecute him, reward him with a job. How many more PCs are left unsecure on the Government network? Isn’t it better for someone like Mckinnon to find them as opposed to Iran?

Yes, under the unfair one way treaty with the US, the DofJ has a right to prosecute him, but within that right the US needs to consider whether it is within the public interest to prosecute him.

Mckinnon is not a threat to the US National Security, and the extradition treaty should not be used to cover up for IT staff who failed to do their job.

The treaty was signed on the back of anti-terrorism. Gary is not a terrorist.

Despite this, the Prosecution allege his conduct was intentional and calculated to affect them by “intimidation and coercion”. Really, an autistic man can intimidate the largest military in the World?

Even the UK anti terror boss says putting him on trial in the US would be cruel

This is not what the extradition treaty should be used for.

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  1. Robert
    August 2, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Please….he hacked. He knew he hacked and he knew it was wrong. He needs to face the piper.

    • thebigotbasher
      August 2, 2009 at 1:54 am

      Let him face the British Courts. Why does the US Government want to make an example of this man, how can he really be intimidating to the largest military in the World?

      Also is it hacking if the PCs have no password set?

  2. August 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I agree with the overall sentiment of the writer. However, I think that too much emphasis is being placed on his autism by several writing about this subject. After hearing his interview on youtube, it is clear to me that he felt there was enough credible witnesses about the UFO/advanced technology coverup/conspiracy, to warrant looking deeper into the subject.

    He references what’s called “The Disclosure Project” in a youtube interview.He explains that there are numerous retired, high ranking government employees who have made sworn statements about what they saw/experienced related to UFO’s and advanced technology, while serving in the government.

    I watched several hours of “The Disclosure Project” video interviews. These people all appear to be very credible, and are making very bold claims about the subject. They each also stated they would swear before congress that what they are stating is true.

    After watching the videos, I can see why Gary would feel compelled to dig deeper. The disclosure project statements basically claim that elements within the U.S. government are lying to the citizens and withholding technology that could save lives and natural resources.

    One could define such acts as crimes against humanity. It would be nice if our COPS (citizens on patrol) investigated the claims made by those in the disclosure project, even if those being investigated happen to work for the federal government.

    Afterall, claims made to the police about everyday citizens breaking the law, result in those accused arrested and imprisoned, prior to a trial. Why should someone working for the government be given special treatment under the law?

    I know this is not “possible” because state and local governments have no jurisdiction in federal matters; but this is only because the federal government says so, and “might makes right.”

    When a man like Gary looks deeper into possible illegal activity, based upon numerous credible witnesses and ends up in the mess he’s in, I can see why everyone is afraid to rock the boat.

  3. John
    August 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    There is an old saying: “If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime”

    • August 4, 2009 at 8:16 pm

      Brilliant.

    • thebigotbasher
      August 4, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      So what is the right level of time? With US prison sentencing it is likely they swill sentence him with non concurrent sentences for each pc “hacked”. That hardly seems fair when they were not even password protected.

  4. rob
    August 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Autism aside, he knew what he was doing was breaking the law and would carry a hefty sentence, so in that respect he’s now got to face the music.However, to throw the book at him is plain wrong, because he’s not a terrorist, he’s just a naieve person. All that said, I agree with a previous poster,if the files were no password protected, then I don’t see how they call it a hack of huge criminal proportions…

    • August 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      There seems to be no discussion online about Gary’s claim that a few hundred retired government employees have gone on record with claims that elements within the government are engaging in illegal activites, and that this is why he did what he did. He deserves the benefit of the doubt.

      Afterall, what he did is no different than what a good police officer does when a citizen makes a claim that another citizen is breaking the law.

  5. rob
    August 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I have no doubts that elements of the power structure in the U.S, which does not necessarily mean goverment,are covering information up. They always have and always will. For this reason I commend what Gary did, but as I said before, he knew the risks, and as been found out. Would of been interesting, if he had found what he was looking for and published his findings

    • thebigotbasher
      August 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm

      Really not sure he would have found UFO stuff though

      • rob
        August 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

        How do you know? Do you trust the U.S goverment to tell the public if they had evidence? That gary guy aid, he had 100s of ex employees who said they would swear an oath in front of congress

  6. August 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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