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Gary McKinnon

Well actually he's not that old, 43 to be precise, but he is in a very poor situation currently. Here's a little background info. Gary hacked into the US governments computers in April 2001, including the US Navy, Army, Air Force, Department of Defence, and NASA. He wasn't caught until September 2001, after the 9/11 incident when the computers went down causing the government to suspect a terrorist attack. Gary even went so far as to write on one of the PC's:

US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days... It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand-down on September 11 last year... I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels.

Now he is facing a possible 70 years in US prison. He has the support of 80 MP's, as well as musicians such as David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), The Rolling Stones, U2 and David Bowie all vouching for him not to be extradited to the US. The US claims he cost them approximately $700 000(474 000GBP, 836 000CDN) to find the culprit. Now that you have the background of this...

 

In my honest opinion, I think that Gary should be charged, however not in the way the US wants. Should he be tried by the US? Yes, but it should be in the UK, where the crime was commited and his homeland. There's no way the US would extradite one of their own to Japan if Japan layed chargeson an American. So, what do you think. Should he be extradited? Charged in the UK? All charges dropped?

 

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