Gary McKinnon

Theresa May ends a decade of fear for Gary McKinnon

TODAY the UK Home Secretary Theresa May answered a question that was first asked a decade ago, must Gary McKinnon be extradited to the US?

The good news is she answered in the negative, and in doing so closed down a chapter of torment in the alleged NASA hacker's life.

"My thoughts are particularly with tireless campaigner Janis Sharp today. An inspiration," added Loz Kaye, the leader of the Pirate Party in the UK.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 (All day)

Gary McKinnon - Compassion At Last

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012 - 12:45

Theresa May handed down a long-overdue decision today, saying that Gary McKinnon's extradition to the USA was to be prevented on human rights grounds. She also announced changes to UK-US extradition arrangements, announcing a "forum bar" whereby a judge can block an extradition and order a trial on UK soil.

Free Gary McKinnon Demonstration Tomorrow

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While extradition policy isn't one of the Pirate Party's core issues, the issue of Gary McKinnon's extradition is one that a very large number of party members feel very strongly about. With that in mind, here are the latest details of tomorrow's Free Gary demonstration in London from

With no trace of irony, the Metropolitan Police Royal Parks Operational Command Unit have refused to allow the planned peaceful protest against the misuse of anti-terror laws outside Buckingham Palace by misusing anti-terror laws. 


Since written permission for the new location at the Home Office has not yet been confirmed, please check for the latest information before you set off.


Tuesday 15th December 2009 from 12 noon until 2pm


McKinnon's Mum to Speak at Select Committee

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With few options left, Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon's mother, remains indefatigable in her fight against Gary's extradition to the US. Gary, Janis and even the UK government acknowledges that Gary's crime was committed here in the UK, yet inexplicably the UK government calls itself 'powerless' to prevent Gary being carted to the US to face a disproportionate penalty. Pathetic words of sympathy are offered by Sarah Brown, the PM's wife, but what good will they do? What the government refuses to admit is that it is far from powerless. It just chooses not to act. Britain is a sovereign state. If the government permitted time, our parliament could change the law.

McKinnon, Laws that Cross Borders, and Pirates

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Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent call for feedback on how the party should respond to Gary McKinnon's campaign and the wider issues it raises.  It looks like the bulk of answers are in, so here is my analysis of the steer from the party.

  • The party's membership is generally very supportive of Gary as an individual, but some are understandably reluctant for assistance to be Gary to be overly politicized or for the party to adopt an official line on one specific case. I interpret that to mean that individuals (including officers) can use party resources (primarily the website) to disseminate information about how to support Gary's campaign but that party will take no position on Gary's case as a party. Individuals give support to Gary in their own name and not the party's. There is also no expectation that anybody must or should be active in campaigning for Gary, and hence it is down to a personal choice. The party's role will just be to facilitate the sharing of information on how to support Gary.

Support for Gary McKinnon

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I am not going to make an argument for supporting hacker Gary McKinnon in his bid to overturn the decision to extradite him to the US.  If even the Daily Mail believes he should be tried in an English court, then I find it hard to believe that the average Pirate is not well aware of Gary's situation.  Most of you will have strong feelings about it too.  I admit that I do.  The goal of this post is not to argue for my opinion - policy should never be made on the fly - but to ask for your help in deciding if, and how, the party should support Gary.

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