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British prosecutors said Thursday they would not bring criminal charges against a London man accused of hacking into U.S. military computers. The decision is a blow to Gary McKinnon's attempts to avoid extradition to the United States. U.S. prosecutors allege that McKinnon, 42, broke into 97 computers belonging to NASA, the Department of Defense and several branches of the military soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. McKinnon says he was looking for evidence of UFOs. British and European courts have rejected repeated legal attempts by McKinnon's lawyers to block his extradition.
Mr. McKinnon admits guilt and he will probably serve time. Admittedly, I didn't much consider the possibility of UFOs and the US having a secret space program until I saw the US government work so hard to get him extradited. All that he can remember is seeing the names of space craft in a US-based fleet and listing "non-terrestrial" personnel. What he did was on "dial-up" internet while smoking pot! If the US government had left the matter alone, I think people would have forgotten all about the name McKinnon and believe he was just hallucinating. He did disrupt US security and that is unexcusable, especially during the critical days of 9-11.