Gary Mckinnon – Hacked NASA Dept. of Defense
July 12, 2010 Leave a comment
Gary McKinnon is accused by the United States of perpetrating one of the “biggest military computer hacks of all time.” Following legal hearings in the UK it was decided in July 2006 that he should be extradited to the United States. In February 2007 his lawyers argued against ruling in an appeal to the High Court in London, which was turned down in April. He still has the possibility of appealing to the House of Lords using the argument that because the alleged offences were committed in the UK this is where he should be tried. The prison sentence the US justice department is seeking – should Gary be successfully extradited – is up to 70 years. Gary’s case has attracted attention due not only to the controversial sentencing and extradition but because of his claims that he found evidence of deliberate airbrushing of UFO-like anomalies and documents mentioning ‘non-terrestrial officers’ and space-based ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers’.
In 1983, when Gary McKinnon was 17, he went to see the movie War Games at his local cinema in Crouch End, north London. This film created his interest in computers and computer networks and was ironically prophetic of events that would take over Gary’s life. Born in Glasgow in 1966, Gary spent some time growing up in Falkirk, Scotland which is close to the infamous Bonnybridge UFO sighting hotspot. Gary’s stepfather also encouraged his interest in science fiction books and UFOs generally – giving Gary the impetus to join BUFORA in his teens.
Somewhat frustrated by the common avenues of UFO research, Gary began some basic computer hacking techniques from his girlfriend’s Aunt’s house in the mid-late 1990s. Soon he began using a system of scanning for blank administrator passwords on supposedly secure networks and found that on certain occasions this was effective for entering systems that could possibly contain information on the UFO and free energy phenomena. A major catalyst for his research was the information he heard about via Dr. Steven Greer’sDisclosure Project. Gary claimed one of the reasons he was looking for validation was that “in the UK old age pensioners are dying each winter because they cannot pay their fuel bills…” – the implication being that above-government agencies are keeping highly efficient sources of power, possibly derived from alien hardware, to themselves. The Disclosure Project witness statements also contained reference to photo retouching work done in building 8 of the Johnson Space Centre. McKinnon also made some attempt to confirm this testimony by Donna Hare, a former employee. Hare insisted that NASA was retouching photographs of the lunar surface, airbrushing out “anomalies” such as flying saucers.
By the time his home was raided in 2002, it is claimed that Gary had penetrated a range of secure networks including NASA, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force. Gary claims to have found evidence of photographic or satellite images being retouched before public distribution – he claims that in building 8 he found PC directories with ‘before’ and ‘after’ airbrushed images and located pre-tampered images of anomalous objects casting shadows onto the earth surface. However the information that has caused the biggest stir in the Exopolitical communities was Gary’s claim to have seen documentary evidence of what could be alternative space programs. This controversial element to the case was based on Gary allegedly finding spreadsheet data relating to ‘non-terrestrial officers’ and ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers’. Gary found names of “ships” listed in this data and separately researched these names against military sea-based vessels but found no correlation. We have only Gary’s testimony on these issues as he used a dial-up connection that was too slow to download any images or documentation. The software merely replicated a low resolution version of the remote PC’s content on his PC. At one point Gary claims an official at one of the organisations questioned him via a text editor to which Gary claimed he was a technician ‘checking for security issues’. On another occasion he claims the his activity was noticed and the connection terminated. An important point raised by McKinnon’s supporters is why he alone was targeted. It appears that throughout the many networks he explored there were in fact many other IP addresses that had also gained access, many of which originated in places like China.
After being traced by his purchase of ‘Remotely Anywhere’ – the software McKinnon used to replicate networked computer contents on his own PC, he was arrested by the UK’s then recently formed National Hi-Tech Crime Unit. No charges were brought against McKinnon in the UK, but authorities in the US started extradition proceedings against him. These have continued to this day and may continue for several years yet. In 2003 Britain signed a new United States. This legislation is the notorious Extradition Act, which was passed by the Labour Government after Gary was arrested in 2002. This new treaty included far fewer safeguards for British citizens. Under the previous arrangement, the US government would be required to present evidence in a British court that a crime had been committed. A British judge would review the evidence and make a decision on whether or not extradition should take place. Under the new treaty, however, none of this happened. Extradition was almost automatic. It has been suggested that what Gary is accused of is not necessarily serious crime especially regarding the alleged amount of financial damage. His legal team maintain that the UK Computer Misuse Act 1990, also covers computer “hacking” in foreign countries from the UK, and should therefore should take precedence.
For these reasons and more, the exopolitical field are supporting the case on a human rights issue as much as anything else.