The English Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has decided, courtesy of the Governmental Secretary of State, to defy the demands of the Federal Republic of the United States of America regarding the Extradition Packt of 2003.
The Extradition Packt of 2003 was signed between the Labour Government of Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the Republican Government of George Bush specifically in the fall out of the US War on Terror. The idea was to make extradition of terrorist suspects between Westminster and Washington far more easy.
Unfortunately this Treaty was heavily lopsided towards granting the President of the United States of America full access to anyone they deemed a terrorist threat located outside their physical soverignty, whether they committed a crime or were just suspected, and including those who never physically visited the United States when carrying out, or being suspected of, terrorist activites towards her. The definition of the word Terrorist is so liberal its been abused by the United States to gain access to anyone they wish by simply labling them "terrorist" and claiming any crime against America is Terrorist activity.
The Blair Government eventually fell for being seen as a mere extention of the United States. Many in England considered Tony Blair to be subservient to George Bush akin to a State Guvenor of some type. The war against Iraq was most unpopular, and both Blair and Bush were accused of lying in order to get conditions for the war passed through legislation. There were calls in England for Tony Blair to be tried as a war criminal in the United Nations.
Whilst the following Labour Government cooled the burning desire to appease the Washington based Congress, and all members of the authorities of the time were releaved of their office, the treaty remained intact, and was largely forgotten by the British Government following the wall street wobble, a double dip recession and the Euro Currency crisis of the European Union.
One case, that of Aspergers Syndrome Sufferer, Gary MacKinnon was used as a lynch pin for the re-assertion of the Conservative end of the spectrum in England who did not like the action of Europe or America and actually believed that it was time for England to stand up to those who believed they were superior to her.
So began a long battle with the British Government to convince them to say NO to the Americans about the extradition of a man who had hacked into the NASA database and embarissed the American Administration. The search for little green men from a mentally retarded individual did not need to resort to being tried as a terrorist and being locked up for sixty years, expecially as he never once set foot in the United States.
The American Establishment, now under the executive command of Barack Obama insisted, despite a personal State visit from the Prime Minister pleading for an exemption, that the treaty be upheld. Europe refused to hear the appeals, the new Supreme Court followed suit, and a previous Secretary of State rulled in favour of the Americans.
Then a member of the Crown Prosecution Service alleged that the Secretary of State had acted unlawfully and a full judicial review, under the premise that not only was this extradition unwarrented, but the whole, entire treaty was unfair and needed to be torn apart.
The findings of those results were presented to the present Secretary of State this past week, and as far as the Government, Opposition, and Media were concered, Theresa May was about to step in line.
Less then an hour before the official announcement, the US Ambassidor was called and told the truth. Theresa May stood up in The House of Commons and announced amidst a round of applause from the politicians, that not only would she tell the Americans that they were not going to have Gary McKinnon, but further, that she was going to reform the US Extradition Treaty of 2003 alltogether
She has come underfire of course for double standards since she was all for shipping REAL terrorists to the US, one of which went last week...but here was the statement on her judgement decision
The US Ambassidor was most unkind about the British Judiciary following the announcement. President Obama was said to be "dissapointed"
But I guess he'll get over it...at least for what are expected to be his last few weeks in office
Now if only they will stand up to the European Union and the German Chancellor...we might yet regain some of our once mighty soverignty