UK Hacker Extradition Appeal Reaches Law Lords

UK Hacker Extradition Appeal Reaches Law Lords

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June 11th, 2008, 6:47 pm #1

UK hacker extradition appeal reaches law Lords

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Gary McKinnon takes his fight to avoid facing a US court to the House of Lords

Ambrose McNevin, Computing, 11 Jun 2008

The fate of UK hacker Gary McKinnon will be considered next week when he appears before the House of Lords on Monday (16 June).

In a case going back to 2002, McKinnon is appealing against his extradition to the US under hacking charges.

McKinnon told Computing he is fighting the extradition, despite claiming that he would have voluntarily presented himself to a US court were it not for the high-pressure tactics used by the Americans.

He claimed that US authorities verbally offered him a plea bargain with the minimum sentence of four years, but that they refused to confirm it in writing and have now said they want to prosecute him to the maximum level. McKinnon said one US prosecutor said the US wants to see him “fry”.

Former home secretary John Reid signed the extradition order on McKinnon, who has not denied hacking into US computer systems, including some of those mentioned in the American indictment. But he claims he was never a threat to security as he broke into Nasa and US defence computers to look for evidence of the existence of UFOs.

McKinnon said the legal basis for his appeal was that the extradition treaty under which he is to be sent to the US has not been ratified by the American government.
His defence team has two hours to present his case to five law Lords. A decision is expected within three weeks of the hearing.


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June 16th, 2008, 7:41 pm #2

British hacker should not be extradited to US, Lords told

Peter Walker and agencies / guardian.co.uk

Monday June 16 2008

A British man who allegedly hacked into the Pentagon's computer network should not be extradited to America because US prosecutors tried to intimidate him into cooperating with them, the House of Lords was told today.

Gary McKinnon, a systems analyst who faces up to 60 years in jail if his extradition goes ahead, was the victim of an abuse of process, the panel of five law lords was told.

The 44-year-old is accused of causing £475,000 in damage by hacking into 97 computer systems operated by the Pentagon, Nasa and elsewhere in the US military.

McKinnon, a self-taught hacker who operated under the name Solo, admits accessing the computers but insists he only did so to try to find evidence for UFO landings, and that he was only able to gain access because of lax security................


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March 26th, 2009, 9:27 pm #3

London Mayor comments...............

Quest to extradite harmless hacker, Gary McKinnon

Posted by Boris Office on January 27, 2009

Gary McKinnon believes in little green men but it doesnt make him a terrorist

Way to go, Mr President. I think we can all agree that it has been a cracking first week. Apart from the swearing-in glitch which was entirely the fault of that judge I have supported just about everything that Barack Obama has done.

I liked the speech, and the promise that America is ready to lead again. It is good news that he is getting rid of Guantanamo and water-boarding and extraordinary rendition, all the dread apparatus of the Bush regime.

But before we all get too misty-eyed about the new era, and before Barack devotes himself entirely to the meltdown of the banks, there is one more thing in his diplomatic in-tray. There is one last piece of neocon lunacy that needs to be addressed, and Mr Obama could sort it out at the stroke of a pen.

In a legal nightmare that has lasted seven years, and cost untold millions to taxpayers both here and in America, the US Justice Department is persisting in its demented quest to extradite 43-year-old Londoner, Gary McKinnon.

To listen to the ravings of the US military, you would think that Mr McKinnon is a threat to national security on a par with Osama bin Laden. According to the Americans, this mild-mannered computer programmer has done more damage to their war-fighting capabilities than all the orange-pyjama-clad suspects of Guantanamo combined......


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March 26th, 2009, 9:29 pm #4

Sting Shows His Support for Gary McKinnon

The pop superstar condemns the decision to extradite the hacker

Both Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, have expressed their support for British Pentagon and NASA hacker Gary McKinnon. The singer condemns the efforts of the U.S. authorities to extradite the Londoner who faces 70 years in prison.......


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March 27th, 2009, 9:26 pm #5

Ex-con millionaire backs UFO hacker McKinnon

By John Hill on March 23, 2009 2:15 PM

Entrepreneur Duane Jackson hit 30 this year with a business valued at up to £10million.

But he could just as easily have reached this milestone in jail.

The Kashflow CEO has built his accountancy software firm up from nothing over the last six years, and even attracted praise from Microsoft figurehead Bill Gates.

But this success looked like an impossible dream back in 1999, when a 19-year-old Mr Jackson was caught in possession of 6,500 ecstasy pills in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr Jackson said: "I grew up in children's homes around Canning Town, in an environment in which criminality is a career choice.

"I'd never got into drugs myself, but my best friend was running them back and forth and making lots of money. I realised how easy it was, and thought I'd give it a go myself.

"I didn't know that the gang was under surveillance at the time, and before I knew it I was being arrested."

Mr Jackson spent six weeks at the maximum-security Clayton County Detention Centre before the British police persuaded the United States Drug Enforcement Agency to let him stand trial in the UK.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2000, and was released after two and a half years in 2002.

He said: "It was a real fork in my life. In the US, I was looking at spending the next 25 years in prison. My life would have been over."

It is this stark contrast that has led him to add his name to the growing list of figures supporting Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon in his bid to stand trial in the UK.

The Londoner faces a 70-year jail sentence if the British government allow him to be extradited to the US to face charges of hacking into the country's computer systems in search of evidence of UFOs.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, musician Sting and former Middle East hostage Terry Waite have all urged the Crown Prosecution Service to handle the trial of McKinnon, 42.

Mr Jackson said: "It is ridiculous for this harmless man with a UFO obsession to be charged under terrorist legislation. He attacked a US computer while he was physically in the UK.

"If he was looking at a comparable sentence, it wouldn't be such a big deal. But he'd get less than five years here.

"The CPS says it has enough evidence to prosecute him here, and that's what it should be doing.".......


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April 1st, 2009, 9:08 pm #6

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Pink Floyd guitarist supports McKinnon protest

Author: Karl Flinders
Posted: 15:06 27 Mar 2009

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will take part in a sing-in protest against attempts to extradite UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon to face trial in the US over hacking the Pentagon

McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp announced the news on microblogging website Twitter.

According to a report on The Register, Gilmour will not be at the protest, but will contribute to the backing track of a song.

The protest is planned to coincide with Barack Obama's visit to London for the G20 conference on the global economic crisis in April.

McKinnon is accused of committing the biggest military hack of all timeby hacking into 97 US federal and military computer systems, and of trying to get into 73,000 others where the US authorities say he caused damage worth at least £350,000.

McKinnon was arrested in 2002, but the US asked for his extradition only in 2005. He has previously confessed to having entered US computer systems without authorisationin an attempt to find evidence of extra-terrestrial life and technology.


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April 3rd, 2009, 4:25 pm #7

British UFO hacker's supporters rally at U.S embassy in London

Gary McKinnon's mother, six others back his effort to avoid being extradited to the U.S.

By Jeremy Kirk

April 2, 2009 (IDG News Service) As protesters again took to the streets of London today in connection with the G20 summit of world leaders, a much smaller rally in support of British hacker Gary McKinnon took place outside the U.S. embassy in the city.

McKinnon, a 43-year-old London resident, was indicted on hacking charges in November 2002 in a U.S. District Court in Virginia, after he admittedly broke into computers belonging to the U.S. military and NASA. He was arrested by London police four years ago and has lost numerous efforts to block his extradition since then. But he is drawing increasing support from politicians and celebrities who don't want him to be sent to the U.S. to face trial.

At today's rally, McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, and six other demonstrators performed a rewritten version of "Chicago," a protest song recorded nearly 40 years ago by Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame. Nash granted Sharp permission to modify the song's lyrics to focus on her son's legal plight as well as his autism.

Nash is one of several high-profile musicians who have gotten involved in the effort to stop the extradition of McKinnon, who could face as many as 70 years in prison if convicted on the seven counts of computer-related fraud he was charged with. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Sting, lead singer and bassist for the Police, have also expressed their support for McKinnon...........


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July 23rd, 2009, 7:48 pm #8

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Pink Floyd guitarist supports McKinnon protest

Author: Karl Flinders
Posted: 15:06 27 Mar 2009

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will take part in a sing-in protest against attempts to extradite UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon to face trial in the US over hacking the Pentagon

McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp announced the news on microblogging website Twitter.

According to a report on The Register, Gilmour will not be at the protest, but will contribute to the backing track of a song.

The protest is planned to coincide with Barack Obama's visit to London for the G20 conference on the global economic crisis in April.

McKinnon is accused of committing the biggest military hack of all timeby hacking into 97 US federal and military computer systems, and of trying to get into 73,000 others where the US authorities say he caused damage worth at least £350,000.

McKinnon was arrested in 2002, but the US asked for his extradition only in 2005. He has previously confessed to having entered US computer systems without authorisationin an attempt to find evidence of extra-terrestrial life and technology.


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Sir Bob Geldof joins rock stars to record song in appeal to stop extradition of Gary McKinnon

By Daily Mail Reporter

Sir Bob Geldof, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and singer Chrissie Hynde have recorded a song in an appeal to Barack Obama to stop the extradition of Gary McKinnon.
The song calls on the president to use his powers to stop the autistic computer hacker being forcibly removed to the U.S. for trial.

They join dozens of celebrities and politicians who have already given their support to the Mail's campaign
against Gary's extradition for hacking into Pentagon systems in search of evidence of 'little green men'.

The trio have recorded a version of the folk/rock classic, Chicago (We Can Change the World) by Graham Nash, after Gary's mother Janis Sharp helped to make a few changes to the lyrics............


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August 1st, 2009, 8:41 pm #9

UK hacker extradition appeal reaches law Lords

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Gary McKinnon takes his fight to avoid facing a US court to the House of Lords

Ambrose McNevin, Computing, 11 Jun 2008

The fate of UK hacker Gary McKinnon will be considered next week when he appears before the House of Lords on Monday (16 June).

In a case going back to 2002, McKinnon is appealing against his extradition to the US under hacking charges.

McKinnon told Computing he is fighting the extradition, despite claiming that he would have voluntarily presented himself to a US court were it not for the high-pressure tactics used by the Americans.

He claimed that US authorities verbally offered him a plea bargain with the minimum sentence of four years, but that they refused to confirm it in writing and have now said they want to prosecute him to the maximum level. McKinnon said one US prosecutor said the US wants to see him “fry”.

Former home secretary John Reid signed the extradition order on McKinnon, who has not denied hacking into US computer systems, including some of those mentioned in the American indictment. But he claims he was never a threat to security as he broke into Nasa and US defence computers to look for evidence of the existence of UFOs.

McKinnon said the legal basis for his appeal was that the extradition treaty under which he is to be sent to the US has not been ratified by the American government.
His defence team has two hours to present his case to five law Lords. A decision is expected within three weeks of the hearing.


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Now show some guts, Mr Johnson: Judges say Home Secretary CAN order Gary McKinnon to be tried here

By Michael Seamark and James Slack
Last updated at 12:43 AM on 01st August 2009

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Alan Johnson is under huge pressure to 'pluck up the courage' to save Gary McKinnon after judges warned he might kill himself if extradited.

They ruled they could not stop the Government from sending him to the U.S., where the vulnerable Asperger's sufferer faces up to 60 years behind bars.

But the two High Court judges declared in a pointed statement that, if extradited, 'his mental health will suffer and there are risks of worse, including suicide'.

Crucially, the judges also said the 43-year-old computer hacker could be prosecuted in London - a process which would automatically halt extradition.

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: 'The succession of government ministers who have let this sorry saga drag on for seven long years should bow their heads in shame.

'It is time for Alan Johnson to pluck up the courage and ensure that Gary McKinnon is tried in a British court. Nothing else will do.'...............


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October 8th, 2010, 9:02 pm #10

UK hacker extradition appeal reaches law Lords

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Gary McKinnon takes his fight to avoid facing a US court to the House of Lords

Ambrose McNevin, Computing, 11 Jun 2008

The fate of UK hacker Gary McKinnon will be considered next week when he appears before the House of Lords on Monday (16 June).

In a case going back to 2002, McKinnon is appealing against his extradition to the US under hacking charges.

McKinnon told Computing he is fighting the extradition, despite claiming that he would have voluntarily presented himself to a US court were it not for the high-pressure tactics used by the Americans.

He claimed that US authorities verbally offered him a plea bargain with the minimum sentence of four years, but that they refused to confirm it in writing and have now said they want to prosecute him to the maximum level. McKinnon said one US prosecutor said the US wants to see him “fry”.

Former home secretary John Reid signed the extradition order on McKinnon, who has not denied hacking into US computer systems, including some of those mentioned in the American indictment. But he claims he was never a threat to security as he broke into Nasa and US defence computers to look for evidence of the existence of UFOs.

McKinnon said the legal basis for his appeal was that the extradition treaty under which he is to be sent to the US has not been ratified by the American government.
His defence team has two hours to present his case to five law Lords. A decision is expected within three weeks of the hearing.


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UFO hacker Gary McKinnon decision expected "in weeks rather than months"

06 October 2010

The fate of self-confessed 'UFO hacker' Gary McKinnon who has been on the cusp of being extradited to the US to face charges in connection with unauthorized access to US military networks will be decided within a matter of weeks, rather than months.

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, made a surprise announcement to ITV News today when discussing the case.

Cameron said that the case was still with the Teresa May, the Home Secretary and the decision would be made within weeks.

As previously reported by Infosecurity, May placed McKinnon's extradition on hold in May of this year, after the case went through legal appeal after legal appeal.

Until the Home Secretary's announcement in May, it was looking increasingly likely that McKinnon was to be extradited within a few short weeks, pending last-minute legal appeals.

McKinnon, who is known to suffer from Asperger's syndrome, a less severe form of autism, was arrested around seven years ago after he was caught breaking into various US military online systems.

Whilst admitting to the electronic break-ins, the self-confessed UFO fan claims that he was merely looking for classified information on a gravitec wave propulsion system, an anti-gravity system thought to be derived from crash-landed alien craft and rumoured, Infosecurity notes, to be in active usage on USAF stealth bombers.

The US government has dismissed McKinnon's claims, making its own claim that his break-ins cost the US military more than $750 000 to resolve, a figure that has been disputed by many people.


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