Likelihood of Success

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Is that where they keep them?

Posted by Ron Coleman on August 28, 2008

You can’t escape justice merely by donning a tin hat, it seems. The European Court of Human Rights, his last resort after a series of British courts were unhelpful, has refused to block the extradition to the U.S. of Gary McKinnon, a Briton who hacked into Pentagon and NASA computers.  This is despite the fact that he claims extradition “would violate his human rights.”

U.S. prosecutors want to put McKinnon on trial for allegedly hacking into 97 computers belonging to NASA and several branches of the U.S. military from a bedroom in a north London home. He claims he was searching for UFOs.

In retrospect it seems the better tactical move would have been to claim immunity under the Federations’ Uniform Code of Justice.  Or, from the looks of him, some provision of the Vulcan constitution.

It came from outer space, but very slowly

It came from outer space, but very slowly

Presumably the high-tech aliens he is seeking will swoop down at this point and take care of things for McKinnon, having given earth’s puny rulers every chance to act justly.  On the other hand, given their advanced state, they may just be too embarrassed, based on what he told Wired a couple of years ago:

A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging. I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.

My dialup 56K connection was very slow trying to download one of these picture files.

It would be, wouldn’t it!


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