June 11, 2005
The Gary McKinnon indictment .pdf did not censor the IP addresses properly !
The ignorance about censoring sensitive information from Adobe .pdf files is a continual source of amazement - these people should know better ! Score another one for "bloggers" versus the "mainstream media".
June 10, 2005
Next extradition hearing is on July 27th 2005
Gary McKinnon appeared at Bow Street Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8th June 2005. His next extradition hearing is set for July 27th.
He was released on £5000 bail and is restricted from applying for a passport or from using the internet.
These are ridiculous bail conditions, as he has made no attempt to flee the country in the over two and a half years that he has had full internet access, since his original arrest and release without charge.
He is being represented by solicitor Karen Todner from the firm of Kaim Todner
Spy Blog: Another Extradition to the USA - Gary McKinnon - alleged to have "hacked" over 90 US Military systems
Gary McKinnon is finally facing an extradition hearing to the USA at Bow Street Magistrates Court today.
Gary McKinnon was indicted by the US authorities in November 2002 (.pdf) for allegedly gaining unauthorised access to over 90 US Military computer systems, including some at the the supposedly competent National Security Agency, the US Army, the US Airforce and the US Navy, where an e-mail system was allegedly damaged. Further minor breaches of NASA and some private sector and low security local government computers are also alleged.
As with the case of Babar Ahmad, also a British IT worker, there are a number of questions that should be asked about this attempt to extradite someone to the USA:
- Why has the legal process taken so long from November 2002, when Gary McKinnon was first arrested, and a US Grand Jury produced an indictment, for the Extradition proceedings take the next step ? Could the US Presidential election campaign have had anything to do with this delay ? Were the proceedings delayed to prevent embarassing accounts of US Military incompetence under the watch of President Bush from surfacing in court ?
- Given that all the alleged offences took place from a home computer located in London in the United Kingdom, and that they are serious enough to attract the maximum penalties under the UK Computer Misuse Act 1990, why is Gary McKinnon not being tried here in the UK ?
- Exactly as has been argued in the Babar Ahmad case, given the xenophobic paranoia of the US authorities, what written assurance is there that Gary McKinnon, once in the power of the US Authorities, will not be handed over to a Military Tribunal, especially, as unlike Babar Ahmad, he is accused of "attacks" directly on actual US Military systems.
- We have been informed that Gary McKinnon was not only "looking for evidence of X-Files type UFO conspiracies", but also investigating the alleged activities of the US Military training of Third World secret police and military personnel in torture and interrogation techniques at the notorious School of the Americas/ Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. In the light of this, what written assurance is there that Gary McKinnon will not be declared a "enemy combatant" and sent to the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp or subjected to "extraordinary rendition" i.e. outsourced torture in a compliant police state allied country, possibly at the hands of School of the Americas trainees ?
- Given the extraordinary lapses in computer security which an allegation of unauthorised access to sensitive military systems on this scale implies, why have no senior US Military personnel been court martialled ?
Where are the extraditions and prosecutions of all the foreigners, including citizens of the United States of America, who are attacking the United Kingdom's computer systems ? There have been none to date.