reply to post by FermiFlux
Gary McKinnon should never even have been tried for the crime of hacking. You cannot , and I mean really cannot call finding and removing data from
unsecured servers hacking. You can call it something else, but not hacking. Hacking is the sole pursuit of people who actualy have to break codes,
smash firewalls, dodge security checks , and generaly have to re invent computing every day just to do what they are doing.
Gary at no point, broke codes, or actualy did any hacking of any kind. He stumbled on a frankly laughable lack of security , and exploited it , but
those two things are very different.
Not only did he not actualy partake in any form of hacking, but he also had no control over his behaviour, being as he has Aspergers Autism which in
some cases (like his) can make him a slave to his obsessions, and at the time he had an obsession with the NASA cover up of alien life. He claimed
that the whole NASA organisation had defrauded the American taxpayer, because they had never reported the alien life that they knew existed, according
to the files he apparantly found. He considered this fraud because the US taxpayer was ploughing huge wads of cash into NASA , only for NASA to
constantly lie about what information they had.
Now, rightly or wrongly , he did look at information that he shouldnt have, but he was only able to access that information, not through determined
cyber assaults on the servers he gleaned his information from, but because there was NO security whatsoever in his way.
If anything , he did NASA a favour in alerting them to this particular backdoor route into thier servers, and he broke NO law on the way in. Also ,
it is absolutely not the case that his presence caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. He might have cost some security
professionals thier jobs, but any damage found to have been sustained by the servers is the responsibility of the people operating the servers to
prevent, and is nothing to do with Gary .
He cannot realisticaly be held accountable for his actions due to his condition, and yet the US Nazi government wont leave him be? They ought to be
ashamed of themselves for singling him out , amongst all the GENUINE threats that have presented them selves over the years. What a bunch of total
scumbags. I hope when one of the patriots in the US decide to do something equaly innocent to MI5 , or the natural history museum of london, that our
secret service just roll up at the perpetrators house , and render him back here. Then we can have a nice equal sit down talk about just how sad and
pathetic the American security services are.