Gary McKinnon faced an extradition hearing at Bow Street Magistrates' Court today, which has been adjourned until October 18th.
Beyond the specifics of this highly unusual "computer hacking" case, involving criminally negligent US military computer security management procedures, even after the supposed extremely high state of alert and vigilance after the attacks of September 11th 2001, and the UFO and anti-gravity device claims, there are serious issues to do with the unequal status of extradition procedures between the UK and the USA under the Extradition Act 2003.
These have attracted the cross party support of the 98 Members of Parliament who have so far signed Early Day Motion 241
Together with the whole question of what should be the primacy of UK law over US law in cases where the accused are British citizens, whose alleged crimes took place whilst they were physically in the UK.
Gary McKinnon or Babar Ahmad or the NatWest/Enron 3 bankers David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew could all be tried under UK law, in UK courts, and if found guilty pay UK fines or serve time in UK prisons, instead of facing the expensive, and unfair US legal system.
In the cases of Babar Ahmad and Gary McKinnon, they might possibly face not just the US civil courts, but, a Military Commission, just like the Guantanamo Bay detainees, authorised by President Bush's Military Order with no access to lawyers, to secret evidence which cannot be challenged, and , theoretically, the death penalty.