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Glasgow hacker loses chance for appeal.

Hacker Gary McKinnon has failed to get permission to appeal to the UK supreme court over his extradition to the US.

Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Wilkie of the High court judged that the case was of not enough importance to be put forward to the UK Supreme Court, and that the call for extradition was an appropriate response of the American Government considering the alleged offence.

Accused of hacking into US military sites, the US have been trying to extradite Mr Mckinnon, 43, for the last four years, despite knowing about it for seven years.

Mr Mckinnon a sufferer of Aspergers syndrome, a form, of autism has maintained the fact that he only hacked into US government files so he could find evidence of UFO’S and alien technology.

The US government however claims that Mr Mckinnon hacked into 97 computer and created $800,000 (£487,000) worth of damage to American equipment.

They also claim that he changed erased important information at a US naval air station following the attacks on New York at 9/11.

The ruling by the High court comes after the Home Offices decision in July that Mr Mckinnon should be extradited to America, Alan Johnson, Home secretary, stated that:

“It would be illegal for me to stop the extradition of Gary McKinnon, which the court ruling has made clear.

Mr McKinnon is accused of serious crimes and the US has a lawful right to seek his extradition, as we do when we wish to prosecute people who break our laws.”

The decision has sparked anger from autistic charities and civil rights groups that believe that extraditing someone suffering from a mental health problem is wrong.

Liberty the human civil rights group condemned the decision, stating : “Today’s court decision demonstrates the disgrace that is Britain’s extradition arrangements that allow vulnerable people to be shipped off around the world when they should be tried here at home.”

His Mother Janis Sharp who has been campaigning against his extradition spoke out after the ruling was made outside the High Court in London, she said:

“To use my desperately vulnerable son in this way is despicable, immoral and devoid of humanity.”

“I’ve fought for five years to protect my son and I am not about to give up now. I will stop this if it’s the last thing I do. I will not stay by and watch Gary be destroyed.”

New immigration bill challenges foreigners to ‘earn’ citizenship

_45263760_467c4acd-94cd-4b6d-862c-3a586cfc59a8By Brian McLaughlin

A new immigration bill will offer foreigners a chance to ‘earn’ citizenship through becoming better integrated into society in the UK.

Under the proposed new ‘path to citizenship’, which was revealed as part of the Queen’s Speech, those who succeed in learning English and passing citizenship tests will have their applications fast-tracked, while those who commit crimes and do not integrate as well will have theirs put on hold.

The Home Office said the bill would “ensure migrants earn the right to stay by implementing the new path to citizenship, with progress slowed down if migrants don’t make an effort to integrate, or commit even minor crimes.

“There will be a number of changes to nationality law, allowing us to shorten or lengthen the qualifying period according to behaviour.”

The Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Bill will also bring customs and immigration staff together within the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which will also be made responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children involved in immigration proceedings.

The bill will also allow children born to British mothers before 1961 to adopt British citizenship, while previously it could only be passed on through fathers.

However, this has been viewed by some as proof that the Labour Government’s previous immigration policies were not effective.

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “These proposed reforms are a tacit admission that the Government has failed in its seven previous immigration Bills.

“We need to re-establish controls over our borders so we can count people in and out.”

Net immigration to the United Kingdom increased to 237,000 in 2007, a jump of 46,000 from the previous year, and immigration has seen the population of Great Britain swell by as much as 1.8 million since New Labour came to power in 1997.