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The Long Reach of US Extradition 242

CuteSteveJobs writes "The New Matilda reports how the U.S. is now able to extradite people for minor offences, and asks why foreign governments so willingly give up their nationals to the U.S. to 'face justice' over minor crimes committed outside U.S. borders? Lawyer Kellie Tranter writes, 'the long arm of the Government is using criminal enforcement powers to enforce commercial interests at the behest of corporations and their lobbyists.' A former NSW Chief Judge said it was bizarre 'that people are being extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges when they have never been to the U.S. and the alleged act occurred wholly outside the U.S.' He said although copyright violations are a great problem, a country 'must protect its nationals from being removed from their homeland to a foreign country merely because the commercial interests of that foreign country.' Australia recently 'streamlined' its laws to make extradition to the U.S. even easier."
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The Long Reach of US Extradition

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  • There's a good dog (Score:5, Insightful)

    by walshy007 ( 906710 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @01:23AM (#41712761)
    Australia has been the US's lap dog for quite a few decades now. They say jump, we say 'how high?'.
  • by jonwil ( 467024 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @01:27AM (#41712775)

    ok, so who do I vote for at the next Federal Election that isn't going to bow down to the US and to big US corporations?

  • by ThatsMyNick ( 2004126 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @01:35AM (#41712791)

    That is an overstatement. You have actually contradicted yourself.

  • Bribery (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mbone ( 558574 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @01:42AM (#41712811)

    Countries allow this sort of abuse because the right people (or entities) have been bribed. Of that, you can be sure. The real question is, is it legal bribery (AKA "foreign aid," or other forms of government money), quasi-legal bribery ($13,000 sex parties paid for by lobbyists, anyone? []), or the good, old-fashioned, illegal sort ?

  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @01:58AM (#41712861) Journal
    I don't think they have Republicans or Democrats in Australia.
  • Re:Bribery (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Endovior ( 2450520 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @03:19AM (#41713093)
    You got a citation for those assertions, or just random unfounded conspiratorial ranting?
  • Re:This is, (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sociocapitalist ( 2471722 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @03:46AM (#41713151)

    Friend, the Americans aren't too happy with America right now. What they're (American Corporations) doing to your country they're doing vigorously all over America, and they're a damn site closer here, so if its chafing you, its frigging killing us.

    This strikes me as a powerful indication of the state of the world. The Nation state is in decline. The multi national corporation is calling the tune, and the laws are now being adjusted to ensure that any infraction against the all mighty corporation anywhere on the planet is dealt with swiftly and with overwhelming force. The new terrorist is anyone who isn't consuming his proper allotment and paying his bills. Now might be a good time to take our world back.

    The nation states where freedom and privacy used to mean more than they do today are in decline.

    The nation states where freedom and privacy mean nothing are not in decline...they are growing in power.

    Unfortunately we in the developed countries that are in decline are not unhappy enough in large enough numbers to effectuate change at this time. Only when the balance of unemployed vs. owners reaches critical mass will change become possible.

  • Re:This is, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Genda ( 560240 ) <> on Saturday October 20, 2012 @06:22AM (#41713583) Journal

    Cut the crap? Okay by the numbers, 2% of our population is in prison, more than any developed nation on the planet, and with prisons everywhere switching over to private institutions, and prisoners working for $0.50 an hour welcome to the future of the American laborer. Since 2000 there have been half a dozen economic crashes destroying jobs and combined with corporations outsourcing jobs to India, China and a dozen other countries, entire regions have suffered economic collapse and acquired names like "The rust belt". Since the last major disaster, millions have lost jobs they will never see again. In fact the new jobs that have become available since 2008 are predominantly service jobs that forces 50 and 60 somethings to utter the phrase "Would you like fries with that burger?" Retirement accounts gone. Pensions gone. Health care gone, Benefits evaporating. Just this week our nation set an all time record for the number of people receiving food stamps. The top 400 richest people in America now have the same wealth as the poorest 165,000,000. The average wage is shrinking faster than the number of honest men in our government. Inflation, due to printing endless tons dollars to cover the bad debt of the bankers, is imploding the American economy, and fast destroying what little buying power remains in the middle class. The corporations are no longer loyal to America and have sucked it dry and are now in the process of throwing away the dry husk... so what part of this sounds to you like bull shit, because I can speak from personal experience, this decade of the corporation has ruined me financially, and I have so many friends and acquaintances that have suffered the same its almost a cliche.

  • Planet USA (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 20, 2012 @07:25AM (#41713817)

    ... Australia recently 'streamlined' its laws ...

    Slashdot has reported several extraditions to the USA from the UK where, essentially, US law has jurisdiction in the England.

    This follows decades of preferential treatment for US interests: noticebly no-tax laws and the AUS-USA FTA. It is little suprise one Australian leader was called an 'arse-licker' for getting chummy with president GW Bush.

  • by jonwil ( 467024 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @08:11AM (#41713949)

    Only problem is that its getting harder and harder to organize protests and rallies without being harassed by the cops.
    Its also hard to explain these sorts of issues to normal people or to convince them that its an issue that they need to care about.

    Also, as we have seen many times over the years, just because "the people" want something doesn't mean the government will listen.

  • by Xest ( 935314 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @11:41AM (#41714665)

    "I also remember reading in the BBC how the party was actually disappointed over the Conservatives' decision to block security "hacker" Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US."

    The Tories have once again reached the point where they're openly acting as "the nasty party" once more, and are so confident in the fact they've got another 2 - 3 years of being able to fuck out country about at will now the Lib Dems are willing patsys despite the Torys not fulfilling any of their obligations to the Lib Dems in the coalition agreement.

    But despite this, I'm not going to be able to bring myself to vote for Labour next election, I'm unsure if I'll even vote at all this time as I'm really at a loss as to who to vote for (we don't get anything like the pirate party in our constituency). The reason I couldn't vote Labour is for precisely the sort of thing you mention - there are certain things from their time in power that were key reasons I and many others were glad to see them go, yet they haven't recognised their faults and denounced them.

    The ID card database is still very much something Labour wants, they still think they were right to spend all that time trying to extradite McKinnon, and they still think they were right about the Digital Economy Act, they still think they were right to throw as many benefits around left right and centre as they did to the point of near bankrupting the country, they still think they did the right thing in blocking all accountability about the torture they let the security services be complicit in under their rule, and they still think things like the interception modernisation programme, and censorship laws were a good idea.

    I think Labour are guaranteed a majority or coalition next election because of the public distaste of the Tories now, but I also think that whilst it means we can say goodbye to the vocal Tory right, borderline far-right that seems to be getting it's own way despite only comprising a minority of the Tory party, it means we're going to end up fighting the same old shit we did last time - ID cards, censorship and so on.

  • by LastDawnOfMan ( 1851550 ) on Saturday October 20, 2012 @03:23PM (#41716141)
    Thank god you told me I'll vote for Romney and the days of our country being the bully-boy enforcer for corporations will vanish!

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