Autism Politico

Discussing the politics of autism.

Editorial #247: Military for McKinnon?

While Autism Activists over in the UK whine that Asperger Syndrome ought to exempt Gary McKinnon from extradition to the US for allegedly hacking into databases even though other people with Aspergers say that people with AS have no trouble telling right from wrong, perhaps the United States would like to make history by using its military to solve the problem.

The Department of Justice has concluded that cyberattacks, like hacking, stealing information, or taking down networks, could prompt a physical military response, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

In a Bin Laden style raid, the US military could capture McKinnon and bring him to the US for trial.

By doing this, the US could kill two birds with one stone. First, it could finally bring McKinnon to justice (whether that means conviction or an acquittal) and second, they could show that the United States believes in the DSM IV, which has nothing in it to suggest that anyone with Asperger Syndrome is more compelled than any other person to commit a crime just because the have  AS, and which has nothing in it to suggest that AS people have a problem telling right from wrong.

One could argue that because McKinnon allegedly did the hacking before this new policy went into effect that he should be excused from the terms of this new policy, but the problem is, McKinnon’s activists continue to keep the issue in the forefront with their incessant nattering, making McKinnon out to be representative of every autistic, as though autism itself is on trial here.

What it seems like to Autism Politico is that autism activists are using the McKinnon situation as a way to gain notoriety for themselves really. People out to quit donating to people who behave in this manner. But getting back to the point, since McKinnon is trying to avoid extradition, and autism activists are trying to prevent McKinnon from having his day in court (which is a metaphorical crime in itself) perhaps the American military ought to force the issue, and the sooner the better.

Autism Politico thinks maybe a petition ought to be started to THAT effect.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.


June 13, 2011 - Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism & Politics, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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