Text and music campaigns established to support Gary McKinnon as barrister claims that extradition will breach bill of rights.
An SMS campaign has been established to allow supporters of alleged hacker Gary McKinnon to join a text petition. The text petition, spearheaded by McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp and key supporters, urges voters to text ‘Gary' to 65000 by way of demonstrating their support. Evidence of petitioner numbers will be sent on a regular basis to the Home Secretary, as well as to the Conservative and Lib Dem Shadow Home Secretaries.
“The support and compassion shown by members of the public has been a tremendous boost during our eight year fight to ensure Gary faces justice in the UK…..I hope this text campaign helps stir the Government from its stupor of inactivity which is simply fuelling the public's sense of outrage at the unnecessary cruelty of the situation…..Gordon Brown wrung his hands over the execution of a mentally ill British drugs carrier in China. Yet he and his Government remain complicit in the US authorities' hounding of my vulnerable son, despite knowing that, for Gary, extradition amounts to nothing less than a death sentence, given his growing mental instability.”
A social networking campaign has also been established, asking supporters to download the song ‘Chicago', that was recorded last year, with and for Gary, by international musicians David Gilmour, Bob Geldof and Chrissie Hynde.
“As for the music campaign, I hope President Obama will listen to the reworded version of ‘Chicago' which is a direct plea to him. If he personally learns of Gary's plight perhaps he may show compassion of his own accord, and allow my son to be tried in Britain.”
The song is available for download from iTunes, Amazon and HMV online, and text messages will be charged at normal network rates. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Robertson QC said the 1689 Bill of Rights specifically prohibited ‘cruel and unusual punishments' and so extraditing McKinnon will breach the bill.
Writing in the magazine Standpoint, and reported by the Telegraph, Robertson said:
“It [the Bill of Rights] was meant to ban punishments that do not fit the crime and cause unnecessary mental anguish, a precise description, you might think, of the fate of Gary McKinnon…..If tried in Britain, where the crime was partly committed, he would in all probability receive a non-custodial sentence, especially since his actions were motivated by an undiagnosed disorder over which he had no control…..He will be a victim of the European Convention, or at least of Parliament's ignorance in preferring the convention's loose language to that of its own, more stalwart predecessor.”
McKinnon could find out as soon as next week whether the High Court will allow a judicial review of a decision by Home Secretary Alan Johnson to ignore fresh medical reports about the impact of extradition on McKinnon's health.
And more specifics on the claim:
Gordon Brown branded hypocrite over UFO hacker Gary McKinnon
THE mother of an autistic man wanted in America on computer hacking charges has labelled Gordon Brown a hypocrite after he tried to halt the execution of a Brit convicted of drug smuggling in China. Gary McKinnon with Janis SharpJanis Sharp, from Brookmans Park, hit out after the PM pleaded with the Chinese authorities to spare Akmal Shaikh, the Londoner put to death on December 29 despite concerns he was mentally ill. She applauded the premier's intervention, but said it contrasted sharply with the Government's stance over her son Gary McKinnon. Asperger's sufferer Gary faces up to 60 years in a US jail if he is extradited and convicted of computer hacking. But Janis believes her son would be at risk of committing suicide should he be put on a plane to America.
“Gordon Brown wrung his hands over the execution of a mentally ill British drugs carrier in China…..Yet he and his Government remain complicit in the US authorities' hounding of my vulnerable son, despite knowing that, for Gary, extradition amounts to nothing less than a death sentence, given his growing mental instability…..Why can't the UK just ask our supposedly strongest ally, President Obama, to show clemency towards Gary by cancelling the extradition request and allowing a UK prosecution?”
Source: Welwyn Hatfield Times
A few earlier posts regarding Gary Mckinnon:
gary mckinnon faces us extradition on hacking charges (6 Apr 2007)
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Justice For Gary McKinnon? (27 Sep 2009)
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