With few options left, Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon's mother, remains indefatigable in her fight against Gary's extradition to the US. Gary, Janis and even the UK government acknowledges that Gary's crime was committed here in the UK, yet inexplicably the UK government calls itself 'powerless' to prevent Gary being carted to the US to face a disproportionate penalty. Pathetic words of sympathy are offered by Sarah Brown, the PM's wife, but what good will they do? What the government refuses to admit is that it is far from powerless. It just chooses not to act. Britain is a sovereign state. If the government permitted time, our parliament could change the law.
Treaties signed with foreign governments can be torn up or renegotiated. It just suits our government to appease the US and spare their blushes after Gary, a man chasing after UFOs, showed just how lame US national security really is. The extradition itself is delayed for the moment, nominally to review Gary's medical condition, but most probably as a tactic by the government to avoid further anti-Labour publicity in the run up to the Glasgow NE by-election. With that by-election due to be held in a few days, Gary may have very little time left in the UK. If you want to help lobby our leaders to stop Gary's extradition, time is short.
Janis' next move is to speak at a Homes Affairs Select Committee meeting to be held this Tuesday, 10th November between 5pm and 6pm. The meeting will be held at Portcullis House, located on Victoria Embankment. Here is a suggestion to all pirates who will be anywhere near Victoria Embankment on Tuesday afternoon. Go to the meeting. Select committee meetings are open to the public. For general information about attending select committee meetings, look here. Home Secretary Alan Johnson will be making his excuses for the one-sided extradition treaty agreed with a US government supposedly worried about terrorism - though nobody thinks Gary is a terrorist. You will not get the chance to speak, but Alan Johnson will see you there. A big turnout will prove that British citizens care about Gary's plight and that we think the law is wrong.
We know that Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, believes the law can and should be changed. Go down and give the TV cameras more people to film than they are used to. Go down and encourage MPs like Vaz to keep pressuring the government for change, before it is too late for Gary. With the US and other governments saying they can pass laws that apply to anyone on the internet, wherever they are, nobody knows what the next extradition injustice might be, unless we tighten those extradition rules now.
If you cannot make it down to attend the select committee meeting, do not forget to show support by joining the Facebook group in support of Gary. If every pirate signed up, Gary's group would soon pass the 10,000 mark. You can keep up to date with the news about the campaign from freegary.org.uk, from Janis Sharp's own site or by following Janis on Twitter. There is not much time left for Gary. If you want to show your support, do it now.