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KEEP GARY IN THE UK
Because Gary McKinnon's fight for the right to a UK trial has focused on how likely he is to commit suicide, some people forget that he is actually innocent of any extraditable crime. Constant reiterations by the Prime Minister of how serious America views it, does not make it true.
He did not damage computers. He did not attack systems nor did he have any malicious intent.
In the course of his quest he became aware that a great number of NASA and Pentagon computers had no passwords set and no firewalls in place. Shocked by this, he left many cyber notes for the various sytems administrators telling them that their security was deeply flawed. America's answer to this was to demand his immediate extradition. Christpher J Christie now governor of New Jersey shockingly stated at a press conference in November 2002 that he wanted to see McKinnon 'FRY'!!!
In 2002, because there was no evidence to extradite, the CPS wanted to try Gary in the UK on the computer misuse offence but, according to a CPS lawyer, were told 'from the very top' to stand aside to allow America to deal with Gary - this is an abuse of office. If there is evidence of someone having commited an offence in the UK it is the duty of the CPS to try the accused in the UK. it is not in their remit to cherry pick cases or to decide the evidence does not reflect the more serious allegations which America claims but does not have evidence for.
America waited for three and a half years before requesting extradition from the UK, leaving Gary McKinnon with unfettered access to the internet. (If Gary had been the least possible threat as America claimed, Neither America nor Britain would have left him with full internet access for over three years.)
Whereas if the the UK wishes to extradite an American Citizen they do need to provide evidence which can be contested in an American court. However we all know America rarely extradites any of its citizens and regularly refuses to do so.
Under a Freedom of Information request The Home Office revealed that since 1st January 2004 to 10th June 2010 only three people with American or Joint American nationality have been extradited to the UK. Whereas for the same period more than Nine times as many British or joint British Nationals have been extradited to America that is in spite of America having more than five times the population of the UK. Which means that per capita more than FIFTY times as many UK nationals have been extradited to America!!!
The treaty removed the right of evidence to be required by a UK court before extradition can be ruled on and thus removed the power of UK judges to judge.
It removes the right to a trial by one's peers.
Gary McKinnon has Aspergers Syndrome an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a life long condition. A simple disruption to the routine of normality is stressful in the extreme, but as it stands at the moment, Gary literally believes it far preferable to commit suicide than to face being ripped from his home and dragged thousands of miles from his family and support to rot in a brutal American prison. Yet previous home secretaries seemed to think that throwing Gary to what he sincerely believes to be a fate worse than death, somehow is not against his human rights. That is indeed a cruel and unusual punishment.
His fate is presently in the hands of Theresa May. Whether she is strong enough to stand up to the huge pressure from America, from the same old advisors as have been there all along, we wait to see.
He is after all not trying to escape justice but merely wants to face justice in a UK court, which, under the Magna Carta, is his absolute right.