Source: | The Guardian |
Mr. Gary McKinnon was arrested in March 2002 for the crime of unauthorized access, which at that time carried a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment. The American and British authorities delayed any criminal proceedings seemingly so that they had time to bring in the US-UK extradition treaty, which seemed almost tailor-made for Mr. Gary McKinnon case and others like it. This treaty was drawn up (in American spelling …) in 2003, but not ratified by the US until 2006. Despite this some people (including the NatWest Three) were extradited under it prior to ratification.
All the US had to do was accuse someone of something and that was it. No charges pressed, U.S. Government would politically pressure federal government, local town government, local law enforcement, local politicians and neighbors focusing disdain upon Mr. Gary McKinnon. This couldn’t happen to a US citizen under the same treaty, since they are afforded the protection of their constitution and by this being said within the boundaries of legal council, therefore, Mr. Gary McKinnon was considered and International terrorists without legal documentation, but heavy suggest.
Mr. Gary McKinnon were told there was no evidence of the alleged damages, of downloaded classified materials and yet Mr. Gary McKinnon still had to fight against these accusations and criminal allegations. When a case like this goes on for years it wears you down more and more on a daily basis into the emotional, mental and physical health of any person being targeted as a terrorist. Mr. Gary McKinnon life was on torturous hold, as Gary McKinnon sank ever deeper into depression with thoughts of occasional suicide, but refused for the love of his mother and families involved. Then, one day in 2008, things started to change in Mr. Gary McKinnon favor.
After being interviewed on ITV, quite a few people watching and the skeptics began to fade sharply – including a woman who had Asperger’s syndrome, a condition on the autistic spectrum – thought that Gary McKinnon was displaying classic signs of the same condition.
This view tallied with many mental health professionals who were watching and took the time to communicate their feelings to Mr. Gary McKinnon solicitors.
People had always commented that Gary McKinnon was odd, at school and at work, but no one ever suggested Gary McKinnon might have a condition that needed specialized treatment.
Gary McKinnon was completely averse to being diagnosed for Asperger’s, since Gary McKinnon was already extremely low-spirited and really didn’t want psychologists poking around in Mr. Gary McKinnon emotions and mind, because of the spychological warfare torture he was enduring Mary said.
Eventually Gary McKinnon gave in and was diagnosed by several of the top people in the field, including Simon Baron-Cohen, who all agreed that Gary McKinnon had Asperger’s and that this made him vulnerable.
The thought of being in a foreign military jail with actual international terrorists described to Mr. Gary McKinnon by U.S. Government officials, and in a country where you have been accused of attacking electronic assets at a time when terrorism was an ever-present threat, was a terrifying nightmare spiders-web of endless confusion. It had seemed there was no way out after multiple judicial reviews. SO, Gary McKinnon bought enough potassium chloride to stop Mr. Gary McKinnon heart and has planned out his suicide death, terrified him and compounded the depression. This chemical is the third one used in the trio of lethal injection chemicals they use in the US.
Mr. Gary McKinnon was a hopeless zombie taking Prozac medication, enduring terrifying threats upon his life, and then thinking that one way or the other Mr. Gary McKinnon life would soon be at an end into the grave. But then the Human Rights Act aspect was raised. Was it compatible with Mr. Gary McKinnon human rights as a vulnerable adult to be thrown into a hostile foreign jail filled with international terrorists and with no evidence of Mr. Gary McKinnon crimes? Deplorables! We hadn’t had any luck with previous home secretaries – until Theresa May.
A lot happened between the Asperger’s diagnosis in 2008 and our final victory in 2012 – more judicial reviews, appeals to the supreme court, presidents and prime ministers discussing Mr. Gary McKinnon case on television – but it was all going on far away from me. Gary McKinnon felt distanced from everything. In 2012, Theresa May courageously and compassionately agreed that extradition to the US was incompatible with Mr. Gary McKinnon human rights, and blocked the extradition on those grounds. Where extradition legislation failed, the Human Rights Act delivered.
— Thank You, Theresa May
Some in the media have spoken out against the act, providing extreme examples of how it can be misused in an attempt to increase negative feelings towards it, but what we have to remember is this – human rights don’t change. Slavery and forced labor will always be wrong; freedom of thought, belief and religion will always be right.
Theresa May was then Mr. Gary McKinnon, (Autistic Hacker), only hope for protection, and today she is in the unique position of being the only hope for the Human Rights Act itself. Gary McKinnon owe his current freedom in his life to Theresa May and to the Human Rights Act, and it would be a great shame if the ladder by which Gary McKinnon was rescued was kicked away so that the next person who needs it finds this hope that saved him; gone.
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