Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gary's modified Freedom delayed......

I blogged briefly about this story, a few years ago when talking Britain's 'Freedom 1.2 (beta)(TM)' and it's something I half keep my eye on, particularly this case. One thing that has become apparent is that not only this whole appeals process and taking stuff to the House of Lords is not only costly, overly time consuming and lengthy but ultimately, in cases like Gary Mckinnon - a complete waste of time.

The problem is that right now, if the US government tells the British government it wants something, then it pretty much gets it. It's like those kids you see who dominate their parents, demanding all sorts and all you are thinking as you watch is 'Just tell them to fuck off!'. Perhaps that is a bad analogy, maybe Britain is more like an abused spouse who has been broken to such a degree that they willingly and smilingly do themselves harm at the request of the abuser.

No that's a bad analogy too, they both put too much blame on the US government. Here's the correct analogy : It's like a spineless and wretched excuse for a government is allowing, no, actively inviting a foreign power to not simply influence our foreign policy but to dictate which of our citizens do and do not have rights and to what extent those rights hold sway under our own sovereign laws.

I won't go over the vomit inducing extradition treaty we signed with the US is again, but suffice to say it's a far cry from Great.

I'm not saying the US government is blameless - it's boorish, overbearing, too quick to react and a whole host of other things, but then when hasn't it been? A lot of those negatives also contribute to the positives of that country, that doesn't mean that we have to act like it's bitch!

.....Anyway I digress. Back to why all of the last 2 years was a waste of Gary's time. The appeals were always going to be rejected, partly on the basis of the extradition treaty - which doesn't require any actual evidence of wrong doing, or an indication of the victim's fate, and partly because of the spineless wretches in charge. Essentially he should have been fast-tracked the the EU court of human rights, by-passing the entire British legal system which was essentially a 2 year formality. I'm not saying that we'll get the right result - they are hit and miss at best - but it is his best chance of getting the right result.

2 comments:

Jo said...

I'm glad I glazed over this, Matt. Respectfully, and as an American (though not crazy and statist and whatnot), I think that your distaste for a treaty that your government signed with my government should be described as such, instead of saying "America is boorish" and the like, just be more specific and say "The Bush Administration is a bunch of invasion-happy heathens."

No offense taken, friend.

MattJ said...

I'm more annoyed at my own government to be honest, the boorish comment was merely a reference to the US governmnents aggressive diplomacy when it comes to thoings like this, the fact that ours capitulated to those demands so easy is, frankly, pathetic.

It's like market trader selling a defective piece of crap at a stupidly high price, never expecting that anyone would be dumb enough to buy it without haggling him down to something more reasonable but is switched on enough to hide his disbelief when he finds some bedazzled idiot who pays what's on the tag and signs away the warranty.

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I think I just described myself in any shop that sells shiny things with buttons......

 
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