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Hacker cites human rights concerns over possible military treatment, unfair plea bargain

UK Hacker Gary McKinnon is set for extradition to the United States, after a last-resort appellate committee at the UK’s House of Lords denied his attempts to appeal Wednesday. He is now taking his case to the European Court on Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

McKinnon is wanted in the United States for allegedly hacking into Pentagon and military computers between 2001 and 2002, where it is claimed he was searching for evidence of a UFO cover-up by the U.S. government. As a byproduct of his escapades, U.S. authorities accuse McKinnon of tampering with military log files – some of which were used to assess the battle readiness of U.S. Navy ships – and deleting critical information which, in one case, knocked more than 2000 U.S. Army computers offline in Washington, DC.

In one case, McKinnon even left authorities a calling card in the form of a note, which read:

“US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days ... It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand down on September 11 last year ... I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels...”

The Law Lords’ opinion of USA v. McKinnon notes that McKinnon “admitted responsibility” to his crimes with UK authorities after his arrest in 2002, and evidence mounting against him across the pond indicates that he has little chance of walking away with a not-guilty plea in the United States. To that end, U.S. authorities offered McKinnon a plea deal: if McKinnon plead guilty and came to the United States willingly, he’d endure a lenient, 6-12 month sentence at a minimum security prison in the U.S., followed by repatriation to the UK and most likely supervised or paroled release.

McKinnon has repeatedly turned down this offer, however, and instead spent the last six years fighting the U.S. government’s extradition request. The sentence he now faces is decidedly more severe: at least 8-10 years in a medium- or high-security U.S. prison, and have little opportunity for parole or repatriation to the UK.

In his defense, McKinnon said the U.S. plea-bargaining process – a technique foreign to UK courts – was a violation of his human rights: the only way to seek punishment in his own country, he argued, was to give in to the U.S. plea-bargain and surrender willingly – a process that would have him automatically admitting guilt and, according to his supporters, opting out of a fair trial.

McKinnon’s defense has also expressed fears of special-category, Guantanamo-style military treatment, should he be extradited to the United States.

His supporters note that the Law Lords’ opinion, agreed on unanimously by the court, was written by ex-Intelligence Services Commissioner Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Haywood, automatically slanting his opinion in favor a cultural “partnership” mentality with the U.S.



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RE: What an idiot
By 325hhee on 8/1/2008 11:32:10 AM , Rating: 2
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He is now taking his case to the European Court on Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.


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In his defense, McKinnon said the U.S. plea-bargaining process – a technique foreign to UK courts – was a violation of his human rights: the only way to seek punishment in his own country, he argued, was to give in to the U.S. plea-bargain and surrender willingly


Hmm... kinda hypocritical, I shouldn't be trialed in the US, let me go to France and fight for my British rights...

This guy is an idiot in so many ways, he touted breaking to the Pentagon's computer, and now he feels his rights would be violated. MORON, you knowingly broke a law, you attacked a US Military institution, therefore you yourself are a terrorist. I hope they throw him in a maximum prison, so he can open up new orifices that he never new about, how's that for being violated


RE: What an idiot
By foolsgambit11 on 8/1/2008 4:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
You missed the point. He shouldn't go to the US, he feels, because the US process doesn't protect his human rights. His problem isn't that it's a non-British government, it's specifically with the US plea bargain system.

And of course, he only allegedly broke into a classified military system....


RE: What an idiot
By Heyga4Huk on 8/3/2008 3:10:24 AM , Rating: 2
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This guy is an idiot in so many ways, he touted breaking to the Pentagon's computer, and now he feels his rights would be violated. MORON, you knowingly broke a law, you attacked a US Military institution, therefore you yourself are a terrorist.


merriam-webster.com :

Main Entry:
ter·ror·ism Listen to the pronunciation of terrorism
Pronunciation:
\'ter-?r-?i-z?m\
Function:
noun
Date:
1795

: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

Main Entry:
ter·ror Listen to the pronunciation of terror
Pronunciation:
\'ter-?r, 'te-r?r\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Anglo-French terrour, from Latin terror, from terrere to frighten; akin to Greek trein to be afraid, flee, tremein to tremble — more at tremble
Date:
14th century

1: a state of intense fear2 a: one that inspires fear : scourge b: a frightening aspect <the terrors of invasion> c: a cause of anxiety : worry d: an appalling person or thing; especially : brat3: reign of terror4: violent or destructive acts (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands <insurrection and revolutionary terror>

...After the commies the which hunt is on terrorists eh?


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