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Gary McKinnon is currently fighting extradition to the United States

The attorney for Briton Gary McKinnon, the biggest US military hacker ever, has said that McKinnon is afraid he will be prosecuted under US anti-terror laws -- which the attorney says could send him to Guantanamo Bay.  McKinnon allegedly broke into 97 government computers to try and find evidence the US government knows about UFOs but has been concealing information about extraterrestrial life.  His illegal activities allegedly caused around $700,000 of damage.  He hacked into the government computers in 14 different states, including U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, NASA and Pentagon systems.  

A UK judge previously asked the US government for some sort of reassurance that McKinnon would be charged in federal court and not under any anti-terror laws.  District Judge Nicholas Evans will announce the decision whether or not McKinnon will be extradited on May 10.  If McKinnon is extradited, unless he has an agreement made with the federal government, anti-terror charges could be filed.

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RE: ?
By Sager on 4/14/2006 7:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
If your point is valid, then why do you find it necessary to stereotype how 'Americans' will react to your post or how 'Americans' feel? Noting the fact that you are posting from Florida is as irrelavant as the comments of other anti-american posters who always seem to feel it necessary to mention that they have an american girlfriend, or friends, as if that somehow bolsters their point.

RE: ?
By Decaydence on 4/14/2006 8:53:01 PM , Rating: 3
I apologize for my cumbersome wording. I'll clarify my intention with that line. I have found many times in the past that when a person criticizes US government policy there is a visceral reaction on the part of certain American's. Many times this reaction manifests itself in a reply attacking the original poster and his/her country of origin with rediculous, unfounded, and unrelated charges; similar to the examples I gave at the end of my post. I then went on to explain that I am an American myself in an attempt to stop these replies before they started; not to add some weight to my comments.

As I re-read my post, i realize the word "typical" was an unfortunate choice and mischaracterized my intentions. You are absolutely correct, the reaction that I laid out is not the one that most Americans would employ. However, it is a reaction that you will see in every corner of the web when anything political is discussed.

Finally, while the exaggeration, on my part, of American discourse, or lack thereof, certainly could paint my comments in a certain light, they are not anti-American. There is nothing American about holding people without a real trial by mischaracterizing them as combatants in a war. While this hasn't been proven to be the reality in this case, this is the concern that the judge in the case is voicing; a concern born in the day-to-day activities authorized and orchestrated by the current administration, which is the real target of my criticism and angst.

RE: ?
By Wwhat on 4/14/2006 9:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
Of course the claim that he would be held under those terrorist laws is merely a fear uttered by the suspect relayed by a defense lawyer, not that it's an unreasonable fear in this day and age, still we should seperate the actual facts from fears somewhat, as of yet there was no american judge or official who decided he would be held under such laws but merely an UK judge who asked assurances he would not be.

RE: ?
By peternelson on 4/14/2006 9:44:59 PM , Rating: 2

Meanwhile here in the UK, a man has been issued with a control order to restrict his movements under our recent terrorism legislation.

Such people are not told of their alledged crime nor the evidence but may be held, restricted or imprisoned.

Apparently there has to be a judge who approves it.

The reasoning is that there MAY be strong evidence eg from secret services of the crime, but that to take it to court would require disclosing the secrets and methods used to find the evidence.

So in theory the state may be able to arbitrarily hold anyone without charge or trial.

Now, taking my conspiracy about aliens helping the hacker. It seems that if aliens were discovered already and kept secret, it could be argued that in the interests of national security, the hacker should be placed in Guantanamo without trial. If they brought the case to court, the truth of alien existence from secret files would come out into the open and not everyone would want that to become public knowledge. Imprisoning the hacker who had the evidence of aliens would be a way to keep him quiet, or hope that he was denounced as a madman.

Conspiracy, conspiracy.... but I would not like to be imprisoned without the chance to defend myself in court.

RE: ?
By Decaydence on 4/15/2006 12:45:15 AM , Rating: 2
peternelson, you better watch yourself. You are obviously getting WAY too close to the truth here. To make things worse for you, you have chosen to use your real name in these posts. I have a feeling that you may soon be eye to eye with a couple of aliens in Guantanamo if you continue to break through the walls of deception in this case. You have a keen eye for reading between the lines, perhaps TOO keen.

RE: ?
By peternelson on 4/15/2006 2:29:31 AM , Rating: 2

Better watch what I say, you never know what the secret services have made up about you ;-)

But don't worry, my alien friends will come and rescue me.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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