Gary McKinnon's extradition Judicial Review hearing is due on Tuesday 20th January 2009 - the same day that George Bush officially hands over to Barack Obama as US President
you may remember seeing him on the news as the guy who hacked into the pentagon well this still hasnt been resolved and its about time this was put to bed and he is left to stop worrying about what the yanks will do to him once over there!
Gary McKinnon is a UK citizen who has admitted accessing US Government computers in 2001 in an attempt to gain information on UFOs. No other country has such limited protections from extradition for its citizens as the UK in its arrangements with the US.
The US authorities have taken the dramatic step of categorising Gary's behaviour as Cyber-Terrorism and as a consequence there is a real risk of him being detained pre-trial and, in the event of a conviction, in a high security "Supermax" prison. The suitability of such treatment in the case of a computer hacker is debatable, but for someone with Gary's condition, which causes social awkwardness and inappropriate honesty and interpersonal behaviour it will be life threatening and is both unnecessary and disproportionate.
Gary has never set foot in the USA and as a UK citizen is prepared to be tried through the British judicial system.
Whatever the rights or wrongs of Gary's actions, all UK citizens alleged to have committed criminal acts on UK soil should be tried in a front of a jury of their peers in the UK.
sign the petition here:Online petition - Petition to Stop the Gary McKinnon extradition to the United States