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    Gary McKinnon's mother 'overwhelmed' as extradition blocked

    The perpetrator of what US authorities called, "biggest military computer hack of all time" has won his battle to avoid extradition to the US from the UK. The Home Secretary, Theresa May has changed the process by which the much-criticised 2004 extradition agreement between the two countries operates. Gary McKinnon's counsel argued that he could be tried in the UK and therefore should not be extradited.

    US authorities have not yet commented on the decision but some commentators argue that the entire 2004 extradition agreement should be reviewed.

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    Re: Gary McKinnon's mother 'overwhelmed' as extradition blocked

    I don't know the details of the US-UK extradition treaty so I can't really give an opinion on the legality of the matter...but as a matter of principle I think the British government is right not to extradite him. Generally speaking, I'm more comfortable with people who commit cybercrimes being tried in their own country if at all possible. I don't like the idea of people being whisked away to a country they may not have ever even visited in order to be imprisoned.
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    Re: Gary McKinnon's mother 'overwhelmed' as extradition blocked

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I don't know the details of the US-UK extradition treaty so I can't really give an opinion on the legality of the matter...but as a matter of principle I think the British government is right not to extradite him. Generally speaking, I'm more comfortable with people who commit cybercrimes being tried in their own country if at all possible. I don't like the idea of people being whisked away to a country they may not have ever even visited in order to be imprisoned.
    That's a great point. I don't have a problem with it. Let the UK try him under their laws. If they weren't going to try him, that might be different. But why import criminals into the United States and automatically give them the protections our Constitution affords if we don't have to.
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    Re: Gary McKinnon's mother 'overwhelmed' as extradition blocked

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's a great point. I don't have a problem with it. Let the UK try him under their laws. If they weren't going to try him, that might be different. But why import criminals into the United States and automatically give them the protections our Constitution affords if we don't have to.
    Frank Gaffney, Reagan's Under-Sec of Defense, was just on BBC Radio being outraged. He obviously doesn't have a lot of confidence in the British judicial system, but meh. I think the guy has spent a large part of the last 10 years under arrest and house arrest. He's a very ill bloke and I believe the high risk of suicide was given as being the main reason for the decision.
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