Although I am personally appalled by some (ok many) of the things the US government is doing in the name of the "war on terrorism," I can't really sympathize with Gary McKinnon.
...he fears he could be treated as a terrorist, tried in a military tribunal and ultimately imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
If he is half as smart as he thinks he is, what did he honestly expect?
If you are attempting to illegally access government networks after 9/11 you are messing with The Man
. If you 're going to do that you had better be either very smart, very brave - or just incredibly naive. Whichever label applies you definately have a closet death wish.
Back in my college days there used to be a saying in the Campus Computer Center: "If your screwing with The Man, don't get caught. And if you do get caught, make sure it's not for something where they're looking to set an example."
Gary got caught. And they are looking to set an example. Which makes him their new "Poster Boy."
I wish him the best of luck. He's gonna need it.