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Are launching a national appeal for donations for the Gary McKinnon campaign we are hoping to get billboards, posters in tube stations, and on buses around Westminster we need your support and donations, you can donate by visiting the above link and giving as much as you can towards the campaign the campaign posters are ready to be launched, donate as much as you can it all helps.
Thankyou from autism action AAUK team
A text message will be sent out at 6 pm tonight in the UK and hopefully will go across the pond to America in an attempt to raise awareness over there of the mental anguish this family has been under for so long.
The idea is very simple – send a text to 07591408561 (standard txt rates apply – your number will not be used for any other purpose and I promise that I personally will delete all of them afterwards)
Its free to text this number if you are on O2 in the UK.
At 6 pm (g.m.t.) – you will receive a text back and hopefully you will forward this text to as many people as possible. All o2 phone owners can text their O2 contacts for free – so please put those free texts to a good cause
If you are on a contract phone – simply donate a portion of your ‘free text’ allowance to send the message on – remember – if everyone who receives the text sends it to just 2 or 3 other people – and they send it to two or three others – it will continue to spread and grow exponentially.
There are a lot of very good reasons to oppose the extradition of Gary McKinnon, but the most fundamental one might be one you haven’t heard before. It’s certainly one the Home Secretary is at pains to cover up. Listen up everybody, here’s the scoop: He didn’t do it.
That’s right, he didn’t do it. Radical, huh? It’s true though, contrary to what you may have been led to believe. The evidence shows that no extraditable offence actually occurred. Let’s think about that for a minute, shall we?
Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking – he didn’t do it: there was NO security in place for anyone to hack. And let’s remember that the US military are legally required to secure their computer systems. Strangely, no-one in the US military has been prosecuted for this failure that allowed hundreds of individuals at the same time as as Gary, people from China, from Turkey, from all around the world, to access US military systems, even after 9/11, when you would have thought that security should have been tightened.
Gary McKinnon is accused of stealing passwords – he didn’t do it: there weren’t any passwords on ANY of the machines he accessed. That’s quite aside from the fact that the courts have decided that passwords are not property anyway and therefore can’t be stolen.
Gary McKinnnon is accused of shutting down US military computers – he didn’t do it: The US shut down their own machines, when they eventually detected his presence on them. That the world’s biggest superpower didn’t have any sort of back-up systems is shocking, but hardly Gary’s fault.
Gary McKinnon is accused of causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the machines and computer systems that he accessed – you’ve guessed it, he didn’t do it: According to the detailed technical forensic reports presented to the court, on every point the quality of the prosecutors’ ‘evidence’ does not meet the standards required to prove anything. No evidence. Not a dollar of damage caused.
The long and the short of it is that there’s no admission and no evidence for any of the allegations constituting extraditable offences. In fact, the ‘evidence’ that was presented has been laughed out of court, described as “an embarrassment to the prosecution” by Lord Justice Stanley Burnton, and acknowledged as such by the CPS. So, basically, there is in fact no evidence that any of the offences alleged in the extradition request ever took place. And that’s not just me saying that, that’s been tested and decided by the courts.
Ok, so those are the facts. Let’s compare this picture to the one Alan Johnson paints. According to the Home Secretary, Gary has admitted to most of the allegations against him, and these are, like, REALLY SERIOUS offences, yeah? Why wouldn’t Alan Johnson have to support the extradition under these circumstances? Well, quite. Except that the Home Secretary’s story is untrue; those are not the actual circumstances of the case.
In fact, the only thing Gary has ever admitted to is unauthorised access to the machines in question. Under the Computer Misuse Act, this constitutes a Summary Offence. In case you didn’t know, that is the most minor class of offence there is. It is disposable by a Caution, or at worst, a six-month sentence. But crucially, it’s not extraditable, so it’s by-the-by for the purpose of any discussion of extradition.
As for the allegations for which extradition is sought, which I quite agree are very serious allegations indeed, Gary has always denied them. In addition to which there is no evidence for these allegations, and moreover, the supposed ‘evidence’ presented by US prosecutors is in fact such as to suggest to any reasonable person that the offences alleged never even took place. Even according to the rotten (and unlawful) extradition treaty, the criteria for extradition are not met.
It’s been acknowledged in court that Gary can be tried in the UK. The only offence that meets the threshold test for prosecution is the non-extraditable Summary Offence. Therefore the extradition is entirely unwarranted and blatantly unjust. As far as the extradition allegations go, he didn’t do it.
Alan Johnson, having purportedly considered the facts of this case in great detail, must surely be aware of all this, yet he still refuses to step in and prevent this gross abuse of process by the US, and this apparent perversion of justice by the UK courts, who thus far, against all the evidence, have bafflingly decided the extradition should go ahead. Johnson prefers to make false and misleading statements to Parliament and to the media, in an unseemly vendetta to try to exaggerate what Gary did and admitted to - presumably in order to cover up the injustice he is presiding over. The obvious inference to be drawn from the facts is that the Home Secretary is either grossly incompetent, or he must be knowingly complicit in this scandal, right up to his neck. This is surely Gross Misconduct in Public Office.
First, he tried to tell us that he had no discretion to intervene. That was proved untrue. Then he tried to tell us there was no imbalance in the Extradition treaty. That was proved untrue. Now he’s trying to tell us that there’s no Human Rights violation in sending a man with Asperger’s, already traumatised to the point of suicidality, away from his country and his family to face a 60 year sentence on allegations that have been demonstrated in court to be unfounded. He’s having a laugh, surely, if he thinks anyone’s going to buy that. Isn’t he?
Will the British people allow Alan Johnson to get away with this? In the name of truth, justice and fair play, the time to act is now. The Home Secretary so far has demonstrated all the integrity and conscience of a gutter-rat. It’s up to us, the electorate, to make this morally bankrupt man finally do the right thing.
In the run-up to the general election, the government is facing growing demands to halt the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US, and to repeal the legally-dubious treaty under which his extradition is sought. With almost 3,000 supporters on Twitter, and a Facebook group with hundreds of thousands of members, the public opposition to the extradition of Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon on what have been acknowledged in court to be groundless allegations is something Gordon Brown can no longer ignore.
The Home Office has been flooded with letters, phonecalls and emails from voters objecting to this extradition, and MPs around the country have also been pressed by their constituents to protest the extradition. Strong cross-party support for Mr McKinnon has been demonstrated in Parliament, and at the recent demonstration outside the Home Office, and the government’s own Home Affairs Select Committee have urged the Home Secretary to halt the extradition, yet the government has so far refused to act.
A Judicial Review into the Home Secretary’s decision not to halt the extradition is now set for 25th and 26th May, but Alan Johnson’s potentially unlawful decision not to prevent the extradition, and his attempts to publicly misrepresent the facts of Gary’s case represent a serious stain on the reputation of this Labour government.
You wouldn’t know from listening to Alan Johnson that the only admission by Gary McKinnon, and the only evidence, is for a Summary Offence, disposable by a Caution, and only prosecutable within 6 months of the offence. It’s been 8 years! And let’s not forget that Gary was threatened into making admissions, and that no Appropriate Adult was present (without which his admissions don’t count). You wouldn’t know either, if you listen to Alan Johnson, that the allegations of damage caused by Gary McKinnon (without which he is not extraditable) were laughed out of court under Lord Justice Stanley Burnton as ‘hearsay’ and ‘no evidence’. None of this seems to matter, however; according to the current extradition treaty, unsubstantiated or even, as in Gary’s case, disproved allegations seem to be considered sufficient to warrant extradition, leaving Human Rights legislation as the only means by which a person can fight extradition.
So far, the Home Secretary seems to believe that extraditing someone with Asperger’s from their home country, someone who is now suicidal after the trauma of being threatened with extradition for 8 long years, for crimes that appear on the evidence never to have taken place is not a violation of that person’s human rights. In modern parlance, I believe the word I’m looking for is “wtf?”
The extradition treaty with the US, which has been denounced by Liberty, by the American Civil Liberties Union, and by the finest legal minds in the country, was signed under Queen’s Prerogative, an archaic manoeuvre which bypasses Parliamentary process. The text of the treaty was not even seen by Parliament until three months after it had already been signed. As such, according to a recent ruling at the end of January, extradition under this treaty is illegal, by virtue of the fact that it was not subject to due democratic parliamentary process.
Under the treaty, any British citizen may be extradited to the US without a shred of evidence against them. Baroness Scotland, who helped to negotiate this traitorous treaty was keen to reassure US senators in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, that IRA terrorists (murderers, let’s not forget) who have found safe harbour in the USA will not be extradited to the UK for their crimes. She openly admits that this treaty represents a one-sided arrangement in favour of the USA, that when the UK seek extradition, the treaty requires
“a higher threshold than we ask of the United States, and I make no secret of that.”—
[ Official Report, House of Lords, 16 December 2003; Vol. 655, c. 1063.]
Contrast this with Alan Johnson’s oft-repeated claim that there is no effective imbalance in the treaty.
It is not only Gary McKinnon who is being terrorised by this treaty either. You may have heard recently of the case of retired businessman Ian Norris, who is ill with cancer, and is also being extradited to the USA. The original allegation against him was not an offence in Britain at the time it is alleged to have taken place, almost 20 years ago, and the House of Lords therefore blocked his extradition, though the Labour government did not, and are now permitting the US to seek his extradition for alleged obstruction of justice instead.
Similarly, Brian Howes and his wife (also seriously ill) are fighting extradition to the US for selling chemicals legal in the UK. They face up to 98 years imprisonment, despite no evidence having been presented against them. They have five children. These are just two cases of many where the USA is seeking the extradition of vulnerable British citizens for non-violent offences occurring in the UK, on unsubstantiated allegations, and or retrospectively for actions which did not constitute a crime at the time, and which took place long before the treaty was even created.
Considering that the US are supposed to be our closest allies, and that the Extradition Act was supposed to be used for terror suspects, it is difficult to understand why the US are persecuting vulnerable British citizens in this way, or why our government is permitting this obvious abuse of process, and the cost to the public purse that this entails.
The government’s failure to step in to protect Gary McKinnon from this blatant injustice may finally be rectified by the courts (whose past record in this matter is pretty shameful, it must be said), but unless the government take action now to stop this and other unjust extraditions, the only conclusion the electorate can draw is that a vote for the Labour Party is a vote for the vicious abuse of the vulnerable to appease a foreign power, a vote against the democratic process, and against the rights of all British people. Who in their right mind is going to vote for that? Not me.
HUMAN RIGHTS: Re: Peter Cotton’s letter in The Sentinel, January 13.
I agree with Mr Cotton that Gary McKinnon should not be sent to America. I recently spent a day with his mother Janis Sharp outside the Home Office to protest the extradition of Gary to the U.S.
Gary has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, and was only looking for evidence of UFO’s when he hacked into the country’s systems using a blank password search. The U.S. says he caused $500,000 worth of damage, but this has never been proved.
Gary’s solicitor, Karen Todner, has been working hard for him and his family. The good news is they have now won a judicial review and a High Court judge will now rule whether it was wrong to allow extradition.
Gary is in a poor state of mental health because of the seven years of stress. The judicial review will now take place in May and this gives him extra time, and support. However, I would still urge people to text GARY to 65000 – an appeal set up by his mother.
It will now be left to the judge to rule whether Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary was right to decide that sending him to the U.S. for trial would breach his human rights.
Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society campaigner,
Mother of autistic man wanted in the US on computer hacking charges has been sent emails threatening to kill her son0
Janis Sharp, from Brookmans Park, disclosed that journalists and MPs have also been targeted over their involvement in her high profile campaign to prevent her son Gary McKinnon from being extradited.
In a series of emais, an American known only as Jerry describes Asperger’s sufferer Gary as a “ target”.
He also threatens that “future unpleasantness and the death of annoying MPs and journalists… will have been no accident.”
Janis admitted that receiving the threatening emails had saddened her.
But she vowed: “I refuse to be intimidated and will continue to fight for my son to be tried in the UK.
“If any British person was issuing death threats against American politicians, journalists and members of the public they would probably be charged with terrorism and extradited to America to face a lengthy prison sentence.”
The threats are currently being investigated by the Metropolitan police forces.
Meanwhile, the parliamentary authorities have also been informed after a message was sent to Hertsmere MP James Clappison.
Security at the House of Commons may now be stepped up as a result.
Another prominent MP has also been targeted, along with journalists from three national newspapers.
Det insp Chris Wright, investigating, said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary takes all allegations of crime seriously and this case is no different.
“The origins of these threats are being investigated and we are currently following a number of lines of enquiry into the matter.”
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman added that detectives were “liaising with US law enforcement agencies” after a number of “malicious emails” were sent to various media agencies.
Prosecutors in America allege Gary, 43, caused nearly £500,000 worth of damage to military computers in 2001 and 2002.
If convicted in a US court, he could face up to 60 years in jail.
Gary, of North London, admits hacking but maintains he was looking for evidence of alien life.
The High Court has announced that Gary McKinnon will be able to challenge the Home Secretary’s decision0
The High Court, having considered the application, believed that there was a case for whether the new medical evidence does require the Home Secretary to prevent Gary’s extradition under the Human Rights Act, and whether it does represent a fundamental change in the circumstances he had previously considered. If the answer on both points is found to be yes, then it is arguable that the Home Secretary’s decision to extradite Gary would be unlawful.
Janis Sharp, Gary’s mother, said “I can’t believe it some common sense at last. This judge has made such an honourable and decent decision. Gary’s health has badly declined it’s been traumatic to see”.
- A special version of the song Chicago recorded by David Gilmour, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde and Gary McKinnon has now been released to raise awareness for Gary. You can download the song from iTunes, Amazon and HMV.
- You can also join a new text petition by texting Gary to 65000. Evidence of petitioner numbers will be sent on a regular basis to the Home Secretary and Shadow Home Secretaries. Text messages will be charged at normal network rates.
- Find out more about the song and the latest developments in the case from the Free Gary website and Londontv.net.
I Recently spent a day with his mother Janis sharp outside the Home office to
demo the extradition of Gary to the US, Gary has Asperger a form of Autism Gary
was only looking for evidence of Ufo’s when he hacked into there systems he did
a blank password search, and there systems were open no firewalls or security in
place and he left a note on there systems, and the US say that he caused
$500,000 worth of damage, but this has never been proven, Gary’s solicitor Karen
Todner has been working so hard for gary and his family, now the Good news
today, they have won the judicial review, a high court judge will now rule out
whether Johnson was wrong to allow extradition, but Gary is in a poor mental
health state at the moment because of the 7 long years of stress he has had to
put up with, the judicial review will now take place in may this still gives
Gary extra time and support from all his supporters, however i would still urge
people to TEXT GARY to 65000 this text appeal has been set up by his mother
but it will now be left to the judge to rule whether Alan Johnson the home
secretary was right to decide that sending him to the US for trial would breach
is human rights
staffordshire adults autistic society -SAAS
campaigner for Gary mckinnon
Hi allI don’t usually do forward emails, but this situation is desperate, and if enough people see this email and send a simple text message, maybe we can make a difference.The message that follows is from the mother of Gary McKinnon – if you read it you will understand why I am passing it on. I hope that you will do the same.Best wishes for 2010Claire a twitter campaigner
Hi, I’m writing in relation to the plight of my son Gary McKinnon who has been fighting extradition to America for eight traumatic years.
Despite having done everything I can possibly think of to ensure that Gary is not extradited….I need help…. before it’s too late.
Gary has Asperger’s Syndrome and was searching for information on UFO’s and free energy. When he discovered that there were no passwords or firewalls on thousands of U.S military machines, he left cyber messages telling them their security was extremely poor and almost non-existent. Gary has always been prepared to be tried in Britain, his own country, and to receive an appropriate sentence for what he did - but extradition is totally disproportionate for a non-violent crime and the sixty years maximum sentence that American prosecutors said they would try to attain is terrifying.
Before a court decision or extradition can take place I’m asking people to please help my son Gary McKinnon by texting the word GARY to 65000 now and asking at least ten other people to do the same . If each person that texts asks at least ten others to do likewise and forwards this email to as many people as they can, then the sheer numbers of people texting and supporting Gary, should ensure that in an election year our government has to listen and that compassion and common sense will prevail.
The Text4Gary campaign is purely to demonstrate to the Government the level of support for Gary to be kept and tried in the U.K.. STD rates apply and no profit is made.
Since the very beginning my campaign to keep my son in the U.K has depended soley on the compassion and good heartedness of people that believe in fighting for Justice.
The Text4Gary campaign is powered by the essence of people power and will end on the 1st February 2010. Your help can save my son Gary’s life.
We are all links in a chain for good and I am so grateful to everyone for their help
Many Thanks & Very Best Wishes
Janis Sharp (Gary McKinnon’s Mum)
from the campaign website…
Time is running out for Gary McKinnon as he nears the end of legal challenges in the UK courts.
The text petition, spearheaded by Janis Sharp, Gary’s mum, and key supporters, urges voters to text the word Gary to 65000, by way of demonstrating their support. (standard rates apply) Evidence of petitioner numbers will be sent on a regular basis to the Home Secretary, as well as to the Conservative & Lib Dem Shadow Home Secretaries in this, an election year.
The ambition is two-fold, first to give voters an opportunity to directly manifest their frustration at a lack of protection for vulnerable UK citizens such as Gary, and second to encourage the main political parties to reform our imbalanced extradition arrangements as part of their manifesto pledges.
Any British Citizen can be Extradited to America without any evidence being presented on a mere suspicion.
THIS HAS TO END
The Campaign to halt Gary’s extradition has been supported by a growing number of people as well as organisations such as the National Autistic Society and Liberty, and Staffordshire adults autistic society.
He is also backed by a wide number of cross-party politicians:
David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP, Chris Grayling MP, Chris Huhne MP, James Brokenshire MP, David Burrowes MP, Mayor Boris Johnson, Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP, Keith Vaz MP, Charles Kennedy MP, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Kate Hoey MP, David Blunkett MP, Andrew MacKinley MP, Lord Carlile QC, Vince Cable MP, Simon Hughes MP, Norman Baker MP, David Davis MP, David Davies MP, Michael Meacher MP, Tim Loughton MP, Peter Kilfoyle MP, Lord Morris of Manchester, Lord Clement-Jones of Clapham, Alan Simpson MP, Tom Watson MP, among others
and other high profile individuals:
Sarah Brown, Trudie Styler, Sting, David Gilmour, Julie Christie, Peter Gabriel, Keith Duffey, Emma Nobel, Terry Waite CBE, Tony Benn, Nick Hornby, Barry Norman, Jilly Cooper, Trevor Baylis, Dr Dawn Heather, Professor Baron-Cohen, Nadine Stavonina, Peter Howson, Dr. Liz Nelson OBE, Richard Madeley, Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry and Duncan Bannatyne
Extraditing the alleged British computer hacker Gary Mckinnon to America will breach Britain’s 300-year-old Bill of Rights, a top human rights barrister has said today in the telegraph, I’m so shocked to read this today!
“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.
Gary 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.”Mr McKinnon could find out as soon as next week whether the High Court will allow a judicial review of a decision by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, to ignore fresh medical reports about the impact of extradition on Mr McKinnon’s health.His mother Janis Sharp told The Daily Telegraph: “I am appalled that our 300-year-old Bill of Rights is being ignored by our government and by the courts.
Janis told the telegraph “Old law is law that has to be honoured, new law is statutes that do not carry the same force or authority,under the Bill of Rights and Magna Carta which is still valid to this day, Gary should not be extradited under any circumstances.Gary faces 10 years per count maximum sentence and there are seven counts although sixty years is the maximum that can be given,If Gary served even half of the proposed sentence he would be in his mid seventies and I would be dead and never see Gary again.”
Gary is already a victim of this, he has not much time left the clock is ticking away! when will Alan Johnson intervene or will he? what about our PM what will he do Professor Baron Cohen who Diagnosed Gary simply said GARY would not cope and he would be at a very high risk of suicide, i ask the question again are all the Autism charity’s across the UK supporting Gary enough?
There are many of campaign’s running on facebook, twitter, and a text campaign, i hope to god all these work, but there is only one man who can stop this before it’s all too late for Gary.
A new Campaign has been launched today to save Garry Mckinnon, please get all your contact’s, and get all your friends to text “GARY” to 65000.
Gary does not really have long left before our Government send him off to the US, it’s people power can put an halt to this before its far too late for Gary and his family.
Alan Jonson, Gordon Brown can STOP this but why wont they? the US Government want to make an example of this vulnerable man with Autism (which is now recognised as a Disability under the DDA ACT),
It’s simple text “GARY” to 65000
Janis Sharp Gary’s Mother has spent years campaigning for his freedom, people can follow Gary’s mother on twitter for latest updates on the campaign and people can #tag #freegary for more updates.
Also the Daily Mail have backed Gary from the very start, as well as various Autism Charities including Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS), UK Autism foundation Ivan Corea as also spoke with Kevin on Blogtalkradio and have both appealed to the US President to show compassion as well as writing to her Majesty the Queen,
other celebrities including Bob Gedof & Chrissy Hide have wrote a song and people can download this from hear CHICAGO
David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP, Chris Grayling MP, Chris Huhne MP, James Brokenshire MP, David Burrowes MP, Mayor Boris Johnson, Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP, Keith Vaz MP, Charles Kennedy MP, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Kate Hoey MP, David Blunkett MP, Andrew MacKinley MP, Lord Carlile QC, Vince Cable MP, Simon Hughes MP, Norman Baker MP Tim Loughton MP, Peter Kilfoyle MP, Lord Morris of Manchester, Lord Clement-Jones of Clapham, Alan Simpson MP, Tom Watson MP, among others and many more famous people are backing Gary to be tried in the UK.
Also Sarah Brown, Trudie Styler, Sting, David Gilmour, Julie Christie, Peter Gabriel, Keith Duffey, Emma Nobel, Terry Waite CBE, Tony Benn, Nick Hornby, Barry Norman, Jilly Cooper, Trevor Baylis, Dr Dawn Heather, Professor Baron-Cohen, Nadine Stavonina, Peter Howson, Dr. Liz Nelson OBE, Richard Madeley, Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry and Duncan Bannatyne
“I fully support Autism SAAS & the petition Kevin Healey has launched to help to keep my son Gary McKinnon in the U.K” Janis Sharp”
As the new year dawns our government have still not decided the fate of Garry Mckinnon, Gary a guy with Asperger syndrome was just looking for UFO evidence, and has been facing 7 years of sheer anxiety, and mental health problems, to face 60 years in an American prison let alone to see is family again, i have read a few articles about some adults with A/S in the American prison’s some have been cruelly tortured, name calling razors put in there shoes, and other horrendous things, what appals me that not many Autism charitys have supported Gary and his family.
Janis an inspirational mother who is fully protecting her son from the American’s when i recently attended the Demo outside the Home office i was pleased to see Nick Clegg supporting Gary and talking on British TV that this should be stopped, alongside the few hand full of MP.s who were there to support Gary.
what saddens me is the response we have not got back from Her majesty the Queen or the US president (no response and no letters) Janis sent a direct letter to the Queen and over 50 bunches of flowers to ask for compassion did Her Majesty acknowledge Janis Sharp?
what will happen when Gary is extradited to the US will he soon be forgotten about, or will he take his own life before, we as people power should stop any of this happening before its all to late for Gary and his family.
Alan Johnson needs to stop this clock now, its gone on far to long and the UK government including the Prime Minster Gordon Brown must put an halt to this.
Disappointing that how much we read in the news how various people get away with murder, rape, mass killing etc and they are sending this vulnerable man with a Registered Disability to the US,
Please sign 4 GARY “FREE GARY NOW”
As the chairman of one of the largest adult charitys in the UK – i call now for all the AUTISM CHARITYS TO UNITE FOR GARY
the UNITE FOR GARY CAMPAIGN
We all now need to pull together and be one BIG VOICE for all Autism people in the UK
As a founder of two AUTISM charity’s and campaigning for 10 years, and losing friends with Autism/asperger- enough is enough we need to be ONE BIG VOICE
If you want to be a part of this please email me your details of your autism charity TODAY
the first part of the campaign is SIGN UP FOR GARY
“I fully support Autism SAAS & the petition Kevin Healey has launched to help to keep my son Gary McKinnon in the U.K” Janis Sharp
Gary McKinnon has 28 days to appeal against the High Court decision to extradite him to the United States. The high court decided to uphold a refusal by Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, to sanction a trial in the UK. The home secretary, Alan Johnson, said he would abide by the ruling. “It would be illegal for me to stop the extradition of Gary McKinnon, which the court ruling has made clear.”The Free Gary campaign has won the support of more than 100 MPs and received backing from many UK newspapers including the Daily Mail and celebrities such as as Bob Geldof, Dave Gilmour,Chrissie Hynde, Barry Norman, Jilly Cooper, Nick Hornby and Julie Christie. Many autism charities including (SAAS) Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society, The UK Autism Foundation,the Autism Trust, the National Autistic Society and others are backing the campaign.
Gary McKinnon’s lawyers have said that extradition arrangements between Britain and the US are imbalanced. Figures released in the House of Commons in Westminster to the Liberal Democrats in response to parliamentary questions reveal that the UK has extradited twice as many criminal suspects to the US as those who have gone the other way.
Harriet Harman recently said:”If he is found guilty, then obviously straight away we will seek for him to serve any prison sentence – if he is sentenced to prison – back in this country,” Harman told BBC1′s Andrew Marr Show. We will hold Ms Harman to her assurances on this matter.
Peter Hain became the first member of the Cabinet to support Gary since the High Court ruling. The Welsh Secretary suggested he would rather the computer hacker were tried in the UK than extradited to America.
The campaign in support of Gary McKinnon is gaining momentum and Gary’s lawyers are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to halt the extradition.
Here is what you can do:
*Write to your Member of Parliament urging your MP to contact Home Secretary Alan Johnson and asking him to act – he has the power to stop the extradition and even Lord Carlisle has said that Gary could be tried in the UK.
*Contact your local media pledging your support and urging local people to sign our online petition.
*Please encourage your friends and networks to sign our petition.
*Urge local charities, voluntary organisations, community organisations to support our online petition.
It is people power that can change things. Gary McKinnon isn’t a terrorist, he is a man with Asperger’s Syndrome who has admitted that he has done wrong by hacking into US computers – he will not be able to cope with the American penal system. This is why we are apealing for Gary to be tried in the UK.
Please come on board with us, we call upon autism charities and other charities in the United Kingdom to support our campaign and to join our online petition as partners.