Sunday, 9 May 2010

Cause for civil liberties optimism?

This is very welcome news:
The Tories have pledged to halt the extradition of Gary McKinnon, an autism sufferer accused of hacking into the US military’s computer systems, if they form a government.
A David Cameron administration would challenge the terms of an agreement between the British and the US governments used to charge McKinnon in America.
The Conservatives believe the extradition treaty, intended to catch terror suspects, is being misapplied. Their position is supported by Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader.

An unjust agreement which has been slavishly misapplied. I hadn't realised this shameful action was also underway:
A review of Britain’s extradition rules would be welcomed by a woman whom [Home Secretary Alan] Johnson agreed could be extradited to the US on charges of “abducting” her daughter.
Liz Prosser, 59, who now lives in Wales, gave birth to her daughter Tamara in America. She fled the country with her 12 years ago after being told her visa would not be renewed and she must leave Tamara behind with her father, from whom Prosser had parted. She is battling against extradition.

Let's hope this pledge is an indication that a ConLib Government would put into action what the parties have said about the importance of civil liberties.

7 comments:

Sean said...

Agreed, so what are we going to do about the EUros issuing arrest warrants for UK citizens?

This is a link

No Good Boyo said...

If they extend this to civil libertines, they'll have my retrospective vote. A Whig Restoration is what we need.

Gaw said...

Sean: I'm afraid I don't know enough about the Euro one to comment. In this instance, though, I can't say my instinctive sympathies are with a football hooligan - they've ravaged Europe long enough.

Boyo: I'm looking forward to the Labour party leadership contest. Could be a grapple.

Brit said...

If a Milliband won it (presumably David?), would we have the least diverse set of party leaders ever?

Hey Skipper said...

She fled the country with her 12 years ago after being told her visa would not be renewed and she must leave Tamara behind with her father, from whom Prosser had parted. She is battling against extradition.

I don't know anything about this beyond the quote above. What is so bad about extradition for kidnapping?

Sean said...

I could say the same about "Muslim" terrorists, but it would be lazy.

This guy was charged, tried and sentenced in two days btw.

Gaw said...

Skip: The fast track treaty was sold explicitly as a necessary measure to deal with terrorists. As ever with government, if you give them 'emergency' powers they tend to stick around and get abused.