McKinnon's mum up for human rights gong
Shortlisted for 'Pentagon hacker' extradition fight
Janis Sharp, the campaigning mum of alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, has been shortlisted for a human rights award by Liberty.
The human rights charity recognised her efforts in battling for her son and against the Extradition Act; critics argue the law is one-sided.
"I’m incredibly honoured and hoping this will help Gary’s case further by bringing more attention to his plight and to the whitewash Extradition treaty review," Sharp said on Friday.
"I don’t know yet who else has been shortlisted or who votes for the award," she added.
The awards take place on Tuesday, 22 November at Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
The event will feature a special presentation to Kim Traavik, the Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, in honour of the victims of the Norway gun massacre in July and the "dignity and humanity of Norway’s response to that atrocity". ®
The human rights charity recognised her efforts in battling for her son
If that's how it gets awarded, they'll have to start mass producing these medals.
Nevermind these people who died in north Africa and the middle east for democracy, they only sacrificed their lives for their countries. Battling to avoid your own son going to jail for something he really did, now THAT'S something worth rewarding.
Yeah, vote me down, don't care, no wonder why people are more concerned about a dead football player earning £200k/week than the £600/week NHS member that saved their life.
"You would throw away the life of an individual, ignoring how he has come to be in this position as he is not the flavour of the month."
He came to be in this position because of his stupidity and nothing else. Also, yes he >is< flavour of the month thanks to Bell Yard Communications.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Given that the US are one of the most egregious violators of human rights in the world, I'd say standing up to them is worth recognition. They're trying to lock away a mentally unbalanced individual for doing something that caused them no harm beyond a little embarrassment - and maybe even helped them, as it's better that someone like McKinnon found and highlighted the flaws in Pentagon security than a real enemy of the state.
(And please, don't make me laugh by suggesting the Libyan NTC are about democracy. Gaddafi offered to set up a peaceful transfer of power and the NTC refused. When they caught him, he was executed without trial. Clearly an organisation deserving of human rights awards.)