Friday, August 29, 2008

"[T]he case could be treated as terrorism" 

Gary McKinnon admits that he went into US government computers without permission.

He was sitting at home in his bathrobe looking around for evidence that the US government had secret alien technology taken from UFOs.

He got into many machines, working alone and without being particularly sophisticated. If you're a US taxpayer, take that as a sign that the computers you're paying for are being badly administered. If a computer is important enough to prosecute someone over, it's important enough to protect well enough that a random eccentric can't get in.

BBC profile of Gary McKinnon
The authorities have warned that without his co-operation and a guilty plea the case could be treated as terrorism and he could face a long jail sentence. "

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