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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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That lawyer is blowing smoke out his arse
By gsellis on 4/15/2006 8:47:02 AM , Rating: 2
What a crock of bull. He is just trying to game the system so his client does not get sent to the US for trial. Gitmo is reserved for unlawful combatants. That would be guys with guns on a battlefield who are not part of an army.

By Griswold on 4/15/2006 11:43:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yea. Thing is, would you trust the US government enough to turn yourself over without raising this question? I surely wouldnt. Once you're there, you're screwed and nobody is gonna get your ass out of there for quite some time.

RE: That lawyer is blowing smoke out his arse
By pepsimax2k on 4/16/2006 7:54:43 AM , Rating: 2
>>[Guantanamo] is reserved for unlawful combatants

err... who?... oh, you mean thoes 12/13 year old, wedding guests, a few conscripted iraqi army members and various other innocent 'til proven guilty folk? riiightt... well, in that case, your guy who most deffinately *did* hack into some pcs doesn't even need your president to convince you he's a "bad person" does he? torture away, i say.

By peternelson on 4/16/2006 2:54:54 PM , Rating: 2

They will beat a confession out of him by threatening to deprive him of internet access for a couple of weeks.

By Viditor on 4/17/2006 9:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
Gitmo is reserved for unlawful combatants

That is it's intention, yes. However, it has gone beyond that in MANY cases...and there is absolutely no way of assuring that Guantanamo Bay is behaving legally.

The scariest that George W has done in his Presidency is to systematically erode one of the most basic tenets of the US legal system..."Presumption of Innocense".

When he chose to invade Iraq while inspectors were still on the ground, he presumed Hussein guilty of having WMD before any evidence was given. This is of course exacerbated by the fact that his presumption was completely wrong!

The prisoners at "Gitmo" are examples of exactly the same thing...they are imprisoned and presumed guilty before any evidence is given. Further, he has insured that any mistakes in these presumptions are capable of being covered up. This is the kind of power that Emperors used to wield, and to fear it is unjust is a very sane reaction.

I am a US citizen living overseas among people who have long respected and loved the US (though they have always made jokes about us, just as we have about them). I have watched that respect dwindle away to fear and disgust over the last few's one of the saddest things I've ever experienced and I must say that I'm a bit ashamed (even though I didn't vote for him). The only silver lining I can see is that at the end of this year the Republicans will lose the House and Senate, which will drastically reduce his ability to do much more harm.

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