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The Most Important Letter I Will Ever Write

June 20, 2011

In May 2011 The White House Organised a State visit by President Barack Obama to the United Kingdom. I wanted to reach President Obama somehow, as I felt if he really understood Gary’s case he would drop the extradition request and agree to Gary being tried in the U.K. In the hope of achieving  this I wrote the following letter to him which was placed directly in the hands of Eric Holder the US Attorney General a week  prior to President Obama’s visit.


Dear President Obama,

          This is the most important letter I will ever write as my  son Gary’s life depends on it.

          To see my son Gary intent on taking his own life because he  would rather be dead than to be dragged from the Island he was born on and  removed from the family he depends on, is to my mind reminiscent of what happened to slaves in days  gone by and to Jewish people in Germany during the second world war. 

          Contrary to popular belief it was not only black people who  were kidnapped and sold as slaves. The same thing happened to Scottish and  Irish people as long ago as 1630. People were  kidnapped, betrayed and sold by their own people and  sent to American colonies and plantations. Tens of thousands of the kidnapped  white slaves were children and is where the word kidnapped came from. 
          According to the Egerton  Manuscript in the British Museum, the law enacted in 1652  allowed Judges to ship Scottish people to a foreign  colony or plantation.          

The U.S/U.K 2003  Extradition Treaty is a similar unjust law in that it is one of the  worst betrayals ever inflicted by a British government on its own people, as it  has removed our right to have evidence presented that can be contested by us in  a British Court before being forcibly dragged from the Island we were born  in. 
           Without evidence of a serious crime Americans are  protected from the terror of extradition and are tried in their own country.  Surely British people deserve to have equal rights and to be treated with equal  consideration to that of almost every other citizen in almost every other  country in the world. People from Israel and from Romania have recently hacked  into the Pentagon and have been tried in their own country and given suspended/very  short sentences without any requests from the U.S for Extradition.
          Equality of people regardless of creed, colour or ability is  a measure of our humanity towards each other.

          Gary has Aspergers Syndrome, a form of Autism.  He is  no ordinary man, he is extraordinary. Gary is intelligent, vulnerable, gentle  and naive to the core. When searching for information on UFO’s he discovered  that there were no passwords or firewalls on American military computers, so  being Gary, he left cyber notes telling the U.S military to improve their  security as a matter of urgency. When Gary got no response he left a cyber note  saying that he would continue to disrupt at the highest level [by leaving cyber  notes] until someone paid attention.

          Gary had a primitive computer and was on a dial up  connection in his flat in North London at the time of his offence ten years ago.

          I understand totally the need for computer security and in  an odd way Gary’s naive actions have ‘hopefully’  resulted in U.S military computer security being improved.

          The Extradition Treaty between our countries was never  intended to be used against someone like Gary but was designed for terrorists  and the like and for people who had fled from a country where they had  committed a heinous crime. In Gary’s case no heinous crime was committed and he  has not fled from any country so cannot be ‘returned’ there. The 2003  Extradition Treaty was not even written at the time of Gary’s computer misuse or his arrest in March  2002, so he was unable to understand the consequences.

          When someone  who is mentally fragile feels so much dread, fear and terror over the prospect  of being dragged from his homeland to incarceration in America that he would  rather embrace death! For our governments to  then literally force him to submit to what in his opinion is a terror worse  than death, is nothing less than inhumane torture and punishment far in excess  of that fitting the crime.
          To inflict  such extreme agony on an individual in order to make an example of him in  another country is far too high a moral price to pay. Why would any government with an ounce of compassion wish to do this when  anyone can see that it would be morally wrong?
          Gary realises and accepts that he  was wrong to access US computers. However, his eccentric crime, born of his  obsessional interest, does not merit the torment he has suffered ever since he  understood that the US were determined to remove him from the land he was born  in to take him 5000 miles away from his home, family and support network.
          Gary has effectively already lost nine years of his life. He  has never tried to avoid Justice but asks only to be tried in the U.K.  In terms of the law it  does not matter which country Gary is tried in but it is in the interest of  humanity and natural justice for Gary to be tried in the U.K.
          Compassion  is the mark of civilization and is exactly what distinguishes our society both  from anarchy and from tyranny. There is no doubt that what Gary did  was foolish in the extreme but our country has had a long tradition of being  tolerant of peaceful protest and no one in  the world has ever been extradited for hacking. For someone like Gary to be the  first would be a damning indictment of U.S and U.K Justice.

In the first  Worldwide Press Conference with David Cameron, you mentioned the friendship  between the U.S and the U.K and said words to the effect that an appropriate  way forward would be found.
          Surely as  President, the only logical and compassionate way forward is for you to show  the compassion that a man of your stature is capable of and to agree to a British Trial for my son Gary McKinnon.
          Every morning I wake up with a heavy  heart often finding it difficult to put one foot in front of the other. Every  night my heart is filled with terror at the thought of losing my only child.
Gary does not deserve to be driven  to suicide, or to suffer irreversible damage to his mental health, or to face  the prospect of ending his life in a foreign prison or dying in a mental  institution as my grandmother did.

Gary does not deserve either a real  or a virtual death sentence.

I do not deserve to lose my only  child.

Please  Help

During the Presidents Visit Prime Minister David Cameron and Barack Obama gave a joint press conference to the worlds media and only four
questions were allowed,  two from American Journalists and two from British Journalists. The topics discussed were Libya, Palestine, The Global Economy and…… Gary McKinnon.

When asked by Tom Bradby ITN, The President Obama replied

 “We have confidence in the British legal system coming to a just conclusion, and so we will await resolution and we will be respectful of that process.”

Furthermore, Prime Minister David Cameron added:

“The case is in front of the home secretary who has to consider reports about Gary’s health and his well-being and it is right that she does that in a proper and effectively quasi-judicial way. I totally understand the anguish of his mother and family about this issue. We must follow the proper processes and make sure this case is dealt with in the proper way and I am sure that is the case.”

The BBC reported it here

I believe the government here has always been mindful of how America would react to a refusal of extradition. Now, at last, the President
has said that America will accept and respect a UK decision (and will not Oppose it). The decision is now thankfully in the hands of the Coalition,
who were committed to Gary remaining in the U.K and who promised to change the 2003 extradition treaty as it was never intended to be used in a case like Gary’s and had in fact been intended only for use against terrorists and the like.

Prime Minister David Cameron said

“I simply see no compassion in sending him away to serve a lengthy prison sentence, thousands of miles away from his home, his family and his friends.

‘If he has questions to answer, there is a clear argument to be made that he should answer them in a British court.’

“The Extradition Act was put in place to ensure terrorists didn’t escape justice. It was never intended to deal with a case like Gary’s.”

“It should still mean something to be a British citizen – with the full protection of the British Parliament, rather than a British Government trying to send you off to a foreign court”

This case raises serious questions about the workings of the Extradition Act, which should be reviewed.”

 Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General said

‘The Gary McKinnon case throws into sharp relief the crude and clumsy extradition procedures Britain now has in place.

‘The Extradition Act was introduced after 9/11, so that we could fast-track terrorist suspects to face trial abroad. The intention was reasonable. But it was never intended to operate in cases like this, diluting the safeguards protecting such a vulnerable man – and a British citizen at that.

‘Ministers must make every effort to see justice done for Gary McKinnon.’

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said

“It is wrong. It is simply wrong for our government to have signed a treaty in secret which sells our rights down the river while protecting the rights of American citizens. It is certainly wrong to send a vulnerable young man to his fate in the United States when he could and should be tried here instead. It is simply a matter of doing the right thing.” now have the opportunity to do so.

Now they Have the opportunity to do just that.