Home sec puts McKinnon extradition on hold
Johnson punches clock
The Home Office has agreed to a delay in extradition proceedings for Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon while Home Secretary Alan Johnson and government lawyers reconsider evidence in the case.
Washington has been demanding McKinnon go on trial in the US for breaking into Pentagon computer systems back in 2002. He has never denied tapping into US military systems, saying he was looking for evidence of UFOs.
McKinnon, 42, was refused leave to appeal to the UK's newly minted supreme court earlier this month, with judges ruling his extradition was lawful and proportionate.
At that time he had 14 days to make any further representations to the European Court of Human Rights, though his options were extremely limited.
However, according to reports, the Home Office has set aside that deadline to consider evidence, with an apparent focus on the medical side of the case. McKinnon has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and there have suggestions he could take his own life if extradited.
If Johnson decides to let the extradition proceed, the clock will start again.
Successive Home Secretaries have refused to halt the case, saying they have no power to intervene. ®
Oh come on.
How long has it been now, 7 years? pointless bickering over a non-issue by government airheads whom themselves are barely able to remember their own mobile phone PIN. Let McKinnon go already, 7 years of being the centre of a silly game of semantics tug of war with the promise of more hurt is more than long enough torture for any human being.
And you know who you are.
Stuff your mindless drivel. Let's see you being jerked around by the noose around your neck for 7 years. Do you believe you will be the same person once they finally decide to drop the hatch beneath your feet, or cut the rope instead and set you free?
Punishment is to fit the crime. "Punishment" however, if you have any brain left to think about it, is a rather broad subject involving all physical, mental, and historical facets of human existence. How much of it do you seek to apply to McKinnon after 7 years? Haven't thought about that very much have you. Forgot about Alan Turing already have we?
Can we have an icon for 'Lack of Evolutionary Progress' please? I find the lack of brains of today's living generations disturbing.
One thing everyone is forgetting is Mens Rea.
And just because he admits 'he did it', doesn't mean, in terms of Law, that he did 'do it' or that 'it' was actually a crime.
Unfortunately the treaty ( laughingly called bi-lateral ), like the European Arrest Warrant, has largely turned former due process into a simple case of 'you demand, we'll hand over, no questions asked'.
Be very afraid.