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Crocodile tears won’t help Gary McKinnon July 4, 2009

Posted by lifejacket in "Politician he speak with forked tongue", Comment & Opinion, Treatment of the proles.
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“Sarah Brown’s tears for Gary”, runs the Daily Mail headline today. I feel nauseous.

British man Gary McKinnon is on the verge of being extradited to the states for hacking into US government computers in the search for evidence about aliens. The US has branded him a malicious hacker and wants to jail him for up to 70 years, when it appears that he simply has an obsession for aliens and has Aspberger’s syndrome – a form of autism. He has openly admitted what he did, and why he did it, acknowledges it was wrong and has apologised, but points out that it hardly needed a genius to make the hack as he used readily available software.

My own opinion is that the US want to punish this man simply because they are highly embarrassed at how insecure their systems were; if he had hacked a Seattle IT corporation instead of the government, they would probably have offered him a job.

What makes me sick is the part about “Sarah’s tears”: instead of crying and hoping for some timely PR points for her husband’s moribund political party, why doesn’t she find some guts and berate him and his cowardly self-centred Westminster colleagues for not standing up to the US and seeing a great injustice averted? And that goes not just for the Labour Party, but those in the House of Lords who turned down McKinnon’s appeals that the case be dealt with in the UK on health grounds.

Shame on Gordon Brown, his Cabinet and our parliamentary representatives in general. If indeed it can be said that they still function as our representatives.