|An American Attack on a British Citizen.|
Richard O'Dwyer and his mother, Julia, leave court in January in central London after he lost his attempt to fight extradition to the U.S. over alleged infringement of copyright.
Fascism - A British citizen could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years in the US for simply daring to put links on his website that went to other websites.
- "America is only doing it because they can," his mother said. "No American has been extradited to [Britain] for something they've done on American soil…. But America is allowed by our government to seek extradition of our people who have never set foot in America."
- Step by step the US is going after Internet freedom and free speech.
The American Police State - Richard O'Dwyer will be eating prison grub soon if Big Brother authorities in Washington have their way. O'Dwyer, 24, is due to be shipped across the Atlantic to face criminal charges in a country he's never set foot in.
His offense: creating a website that featured links to pirated movies and TV shows. Just links and nothing more. Links. And the US government wants him jailed for as much as 10 years.
This fucking fascist insanity is like China putting out arrest warrants for Americans living in Austin, Texas who somehow broke Chinese laws.
British Student - Facing 10 years in a US Federal prison.
A UK student faces extradition to the U.S. for setting up a website giving people links to other web-sites that may or may not violate copyright laws. It's not a crime in Britain, but in America, he could get up to 10 years in prison.
The issue has garnered particular attention lately because of the case of Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Assange, who is Australian, is now holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden on phony allegations of sexual assault, which he and his supporters insist is a pretext for eventually sending him on to the U.S. to face accusations of espionage.
"The net has been far wider than was envisaged at the time," said Dominic Raab, a member of Parliament from the ruling Conservative Party. "This is not an excuse to bash the Americans. This is a campaign to protect British nationals."
As a subject of the United Kingdom he was shocked to discover that U.S. authorities had taken down his site, TVShack.net, and replaced it with a big-lettered warning about American copyright infringement.
"I can just vaguely remember him muttering away: 'I can sort that out. What does America have to do with me?' " said O'Dwyer, adding that she had no idea at the time what the website was or did.
Her son resurrected the site under a different address, but that, too, got taken down. O'Dwyer acknowledges that her son made a tidy sum of money from allowing ads on the website but that, ironically, he frittered some of it away by going out to the movies, even as his site steered users to unlicensed online content.
British and American officers knocked on Richard O'Dwyer's door in November 2010, took him in for questioning, confiscated his computer and told him to show up for a bail hearing in six months down in London. There, he was informed that he would not face trial in Britain but would be extradited to the U.S. instead.
(Los Angeles Times)
If the government will arrest us for putting a link on our websites to other websites then the 1st Amendment and Bill of Rights has truly been abolished. All Hail Big Brother.