My letter to President Barack Obama on Gary’s Behalf 23 May 2012
Dear Mr. Obama,
I am an American woman, a mother, a writer, a blogger. That’s just to let you know a bit about me, it is not why I’m writing.
The reason that I am emailing you is on behalf of another mother. She is a British woman, a mother, a writer, a blogger (and so much more brilliantly than I). She is Janis Sharp and her son, Gary McKinnon, whom you have well heard of, is fighting extradition to the U.S. for allegedly hacking into NASA and the Pentagon. I write this to you today as a mother and as a voting Democrat: Don’t allow the extradition of Gary McKinnon from the U.K. to the U.S.!
In fact, whilst we’re at it, that 2003 Extradition Treaty that says we can go pluck U.K. citizens out and extradite them to the U.S. without proof of crime needs to be overhauled or thrown out alltogether! Do you know that 9 British citizens have been extradited to the U.S. opposed to three U.S. citizens extradition to the U.K. in the same time-frame? I am sure that I am not telling you anything that you’re not aware of, I merely need to make my opinion heard. For all I know, I may be the only American citizen whom feels the need to speak out for Gary McKinnon, but I will speak out.
Look at it this way, Mr. Obama, if you will.. 1. It would cost American taxpayer dollars to bring Gary to the U.S. 2. Gary would sit in U.S. jail for know one knows how long he would be tried (again, taxpayer’s dollars). 3. The trial, when everyone got around to it, would probably become another televised public flogging as seems most of them do. 4. Mr. McKinnon could not be tried by a jury of his peers in America, not properly. 5. Gary would not be presumed innocent by the American people simply because most would think him guilty primarily because U.S. felt it important enough to extradite him, therefore, he MUST be guilty.
As you can imagine extradition would be expensive. But, the actual and most important cost would be to Gary McKinnon and his mother, Janis Sharp, as well as to British-American relations.
When Gary McKinnon is tried, we could send a judiciary person or two on America’s behalf. I think that’s fair play.
My heart is with Gary’s mother as she fights his extradition. I would do the very same if it were my son. I hope that you will do the right thing, Mr. Obama. I believe that you are a fair man, it’s one of the many reasons I voted for you. Thank you for your time.