Monday, January 11, 2010

Text and music campaigns established to support NASA hacker


Amidst claims extradition will breach US Bill of Rights.
An SMS campaign has been established to permit supporters of alleged NASA hacker Gary McKinnon to join a text petition.

The text petition, lead by McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp and key supporters, urges UK voters to text 'Gary' to a local number by way of demonstrating their support. Proof of petitioner numbers will be sent on a regular basis to the Home Secretary, as well as to the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretaries.

Sharp said: "The support and compassion shown by members of the public has been a incredible boost during our eight year fight to ensure Gary faces justice in the UK.
"I hope this text campaign helps stir the Government from its stupor of inactivity which is merely fuelling the public's sense of outrage at the unnecessary cruelty of the situation.

"Gordon Brown wrung his hands above the execution of a mentally ill British drugs carrier in China. Yet he and his Government stay complicit in the US authorities' hounding of my vulnerable son, despite knowing that, for Gary, extradition amounts to nothing less than a death sentence, given his growing mental instability."

A social networking campaign has also been recognized, asking supporters to download the song 'Chicago', that was recorded last year, with and for Gary, by international musicians David Gilmour, Bob Geldof and Chrissie Hynde.

Sharp said: "As for the music campaign, I hope President Barack Obama would pay attention to the reworded version of 'Chicago' which is a direct plea to him. If he personally learns of Gary's plight perhaps he may show compassion of his own accord, and let my son to be tried in Britain."

The song can be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon and HMV online, and text messages will be charged at normal network rates.

In the meantime, Geoffrey Robertson QC said the 1689 Bill of Rights specifically prohibited 'cruel and unusual punishments' and so extraditing McKinnon will breach the bill.

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