Gary McKinnon's mum has secured a human rights award for her campaign to reform extradition laws. Janis Sharp secured recognition by human rights group Liberty for her tireless campaigning on behalf of her son, who is accused of hacking into the Pentagon. McKinnon has Asperger's Syndrome and has been fighting against extradition …
He committed a crime. I fail to see how his lately diagnosed Aspergers makes it any less of a crime. Or indeed why he should not be be extradited to the US (whom we have an extradition treaty with).
I further fail to see how this has been dragged out over 9 years.
extradition inappropriate to severity of crime
Sledgehammer meets nut.
Extradition should only be appropriate for an offence severe enough to justify a long prison sentence. Not for the digital equivalent of wondering into an unguarded office going through filing cabinets looking for evidence of an alien contact cover up.
That is certainly an offence, but if considered a criminal as opposed to a civil matter it doesn't justify imprisonment, let alone keeping someone waiting under stringent bail conditions which put his life on hold for a decade awaiting being dragged thousands of miles away to be tried and sentenced.
A court in the UK should have given him a hundred hours community service ten years ago and let him get on with his life.
Severity of Crime
My reading of the allegations against McKinnon suggest "the equivalent domestic offences include the offence under section 12 of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 for which the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.".
I think if prosecuted in the UK he might get a bit more than 100 hours community service.
There should be a disqualifcation clause if its not a selfless act?
Its also less about Human Rights and more about one mans rights. Whatever the result its hardly going to change the world or even the extradition treaty.
Unless of course you assume her battle is for all of those convieniently struck down with Aspergers after they have commited a crime.
Funny how a human rights award has been given to someone fighting for human rights in Britain. Perhaps our Govt should think more carefully before giving advice on such rights to other countries. We should get our own house in order first. This case has been dragging on for so long, furthering the pain of the McKinnon family.
Now, if uk.gov bends over to the united states of americaland the headlines won't be
McKINNON EXTRADITION TO PROCEED
it will be
HOME SEC TRAMPLES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD WINNER'S SON'S FREEDOMS
and fkn right, too. Shallow, lame, feckless and cowardly government that it is.
McKinnon would be a suicide risk
so it begins... sleep depravation next...
(cue all the merkins getting a hair up their ass because bradley was a military prisoner with no rights, rather than a terrorist with no rights - both being tortured by a regieme that ignores the rights of those it chooses to nominally assign them to)
richard and gordon: he was looking for evidence of ET at area 51 - of course he was thinking impared. it's axiomatic!
If the merkins were serious about sorting this, they'd charge the dipshit who exposed the network! AFAIK Gary is no l77t Hax0r - just found a wide open pc on an allegedly secure network. and he's the wrongdoer?
Given that her main argument against extradition of her son is that he is not entirely 'responsible' it seems only natural that she would get involved, so an award seems a bit over the top.
About as deserved as The Obumbler's Nobel Prize.
So, she had zero interest or activities in "human rights" until her son was caught up in an extradition case, and then all she has done is pursue a course totally aligned to her own interests (her son's continued liberty). Yeah, a real campaigner for human rights - not! All she has "campaigned for" is the right of one human she gave birth to (but obviously didn't do a very good job of mothering). It must really annoy those that actually do work hard for others that this shameless bit of political self-promotion has grown to the point where Janis Sharp is actually getting an award.
When you see what awards are bestowed upon crackheads, it's damn scary.