British Super-geek loses extradition appeal – the truth is out there ….. somewhere
The U.S alleges that his objective was to access classified information, and his motive, "intentional and calculated to influence and affect the US government by intimidation and coercion".
McKinnon, however, considers himself no havoc-wreaker – just a bumbling computer nerd. His main objective, he claims, was to access information he believed the U.S military and NASA had on UFOs. In short, he wanted to discover if there was, as he believed there to be, a UFO cover-up/conspiracy type thing (you get the idea) and expose it. So his efforts could justifiably be labelled as ‘humanitarian’ right? Well clearly the British court, or the U.S. military don’t think so.
McKinnon certainly believes the truth is out there – or rather IN there, there being the US military’s computer systems. He says, "I believe that there are spacecraft, or there have been craft, flying around that the public doesn't know about." McKinnon believes the US recovered an anti-gravity propulsion system from an alien spacecraft and reversed engineered it for their own use.
While lawyers acting for McKinnon argued that he may be sent to Guantanamo if extradited, US officials have assured the British government that he will not be made subject of 'Military Order Number 1' meaning that he could be detained indefinitely under the President's orders. McKinnon feared he would suffice prejudice if tried in the US, stating that if he was forced to stand trial in Virginia he was "[a]lready hung and quartered".
Above and beyond the legal (and moral) questions at issue here, is the worrying ‘hackability’ of the US military’s computer systems. Once McKinnon discovered they were running Windows, he was in there like a shot. But, it wouldn’t have happened if they’d been running Vista, right?!
Anyway, his supporters argue that instead of prosecuting him, the US government should thank him for bringing to light the massive security vulnerabilities in their computer systems. They might have a point. The matter has now been passed to Home Secretary John Read for a final decision. God help McKinnon, then!