Will Gary McKinnon get sent to the American Federal Empire’s Homeland to face kangaroo court and several years in prison, never to be heard from again as punishment for hacking into the Pentagon’s computers?
The U.K.’s High Court ruled Friday that a British hacker cannot appeal his extradition to the country’s Supreme Court, narrowing the Londoner’s legal options.
Gary McKinnon’s attorney sought to join the case to an appeal against extradition filed by the attorney for Ian Norris, a British businessman facing charges in the U.S. for alleged involvement in an cartel. The extradition treaty with the U.S. is viewed by many in the U.K. as enabling the U.S. to extradite people more easily from Britain than is possible in the other direction.
McKinnon may take his case to the European Court of Human Rights, according to his attorney, Karen Todner. That court, however, refused in August 2008 to stop his extradition.
The U.K. government has given McKinnon’s legal team 14 days to consider its options.
“We are not giving up,” Todner said in a statement.
Friday’s ruling is the latest in a long-running legal battle. The order to extradite McKinnon was approved by the U.K. government in July 2006, but his legal team continued to challenge the order, holding up his transfer.
The High Court ruled on July 31 that Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the U.S. should proceed despite his diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by obsessive behavior and deficiencies in social interaction.
McKinnon had also asked the court to review a refusal by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for England and Wales to prosecute him in the U.K.
British prosecutors, however, maintain that the U.S. wants jurisdiction and that most evidence and witnesses are in the U.S. McKinnon was indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2002 for hacking into 97 military and NASA computers between February 2001 and March 2002. He could face up to 60 years in prison.
The U.S. military alleges the hacking resulted in the shutdown of critical networks. McKinnon allegedly left messages such as “U.S. foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days…. I am Solo. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels.” The U.S. government said McKinnon’s actions caused US$700,000 in damages.
The reclusive McKinnon, who rarely makes public appearances, has become an unlikely cause célèbre, raising issues outside the sphere of computer-related crime.
Several Members of Parliament have thrown their support behind McKinnon, in addition to celebrities such as Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour or Sting, lead singer and bassist for The Police.
McKinnon has freely admitted to breaking into the computers, saying he was looking for evidence of UFOs. The computers were accessed using a program called “RemotelyAnywhere,” an access tool used by administrators to fix computers remotely. McKinnon has said the military computers were poorly secured, often using default passwords that were easy to guess.
His hacking career ended after he mistakenly took over a computer during U.S. working hours. Someone noticed a computer’s cursor moving on its own, and the Internet connection was shut down. Shortly thereafter, U.K. police arrested him at his north London home.
The Empire wants to make an example of McKinnon, that’s the only reason they want to prosecute a guy with autism.
Shit, they ought to prosecute the programmers who couldn’t keep the guy out to begin with!
With NASA’s LCROSS mission such a ‘success’ as their mission planners say, why not study an area where we already know where some water is?
aerial survey of Earth’s surface to chart the impact of global warming, with six years of flights over to understand the frozen continent’s glaciers and ice sheets.The US space agency said the massive aerial survey, part of a program dubbed Operation Ice Bridge, will get underway on October 15.next week begins the most extensive
Data gathered during the mission will help scientists predict how changes to the massivewill contribute to a rise in sea levels around the world.
Researchers will work from NASA’s DC-8, an airborne laboratory equipped with laser mapping instruments, ice-penetrating radar and gravity instruments.
“A remarkable change is happening on Earth, truly one of the biggest changes in environmental conditions since the end of the,” said Tom Wagner, cryosphere program manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
“It’s not an easy thing to observe, let alone predict what might happen next. Studies like Ice Bridge are key,” he said.
Space officials said the plane, crew and scientists depart October 12 from NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California, and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile, where they will be based through mid-November.
Some 50 scientists and support personnel are part of the mission, which will involve 17 flights over the southern polar region.
They better not make too many flights over the South Pole, they might run into Admiral Byrd’s silver-haired Aryans!
What if we were bombed by something, like we tried to do to the Moon?
Philosopher Jason Naveed dishes out some theories:
History Channel rocks…well at least to those of us who don’t consider it the Fantasy Channel. Their latest episode of The Universe rocked however and had me riveted as well as oohing and awing at potentially awesome, albeit sometimes quite simple, future space warfare. It also had wondering just how quickly an alien race that wanted to wipe us off the face of the Earth could.
Perhaps the most obvious thing that be different about war in space is that it’d be nothing like what we see in Star Wars and Star Trek (although ST is a bit more realistic then SW) and would be boring, but not at the same time. Weapons would work completely different, there would be no sound (as most of us probably know) and forget the need for wings on ships. Also, throw out the warheads for good old fashioned kinetic energy.
My favorite weapon they showcased was what is called a “Rod from God” which is nothing more then a sturdy metal rod with a rocket booster, designed to be launched from space, boost itself to a high speed, then shut off and just go faster and faster, in the frictionless vacuum of space. The result is basically the same as a meteor impact, or a punch to the face in a sense. I question their reasoning for showing that television however because you just know some rich madman is going to build one and hold the world hostage now. Speaking of which, it could even be an alien madman.
Yeah, some crazy aliens might just be out there with tech far in advance from us, ready to blow us off the planet. Well actually I don’t know if being blown off is possible, but it could be, however, I had no choice, but to question how capable we’d really be of fighting off a E.T. menace if they were just that much more advanced then us. Really I don’t think there would be anyway to stop them. Considering we’re still here however, and the fact that most of the UFO phenomenon to me seems to be interdimensional, I doubt we’ll be faced with that threat…of course we live in a world of infinite possibilities, so we’ll never really know unless it happens. Now the an Earthbound rich madman however…that is more of a possibility…I just hope a James Bond like guy is too…
“Rods From God”, I like that one.