Comments:British hacker may face Guantanamo, 60-year sentence

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Hurray for “democracy”…

This hacker did nothing wrong. Consider this:

Also, what justification do they have to send this person to Guantanamo? Is he now a terrorist. If anything, he should begiven some form of award. Anonymous101talk 19:38, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

How can a Hacker get 60 years, and murderer gets 20 years, and a rapist gets 2 years,and so on. It doesn’t make sense. If a hacker doesn’t kill/rape, or otherwise hurt a human or an animal, then he shouldn’t be punished. If I were NASA I would have congratulated the guy for finding holes in the system, and attempted to convince him that all this UFO conspiracy theories are nonsense.

Computers, cell phones, the internet, cars, and even money are toys we humans have invented, so why in the world do we punish people for these?!

Without hackers we would have no internet, no linux, no bsd, no e-mail, etc.

Look up the hacker ethic, and read books like Hackers Heroes of The Computer Revolution, or 2600 Magazine, you will that hackers are not evil people. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:29, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Oh, and by the way, it is hackers who care about your privacy, that is why they give you GPG and Tor, and EFF, because they care about privacy. If a corporation would care about your privacy they wouldn’t collect information about you. I know I won’t collect information with my company.

But then again there is a big difference between individual privacy and group privacy, as there is between individual freedom and group freedom. Personally I want to have privacy as individual and to communicate privately with my friends, but when a big entity such as a corporation or church has privacy bad things could happen, remember the dungeons of the Inquisition, even after they supposedly stopped? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:36, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

I agree that the Government should reveal as much information as possible, however Military information is different. Strategic information gives an advantage in any military conflict and is therefore closely guarded; his breaking into that does endanger human lives. What really irritates me is that it’s such a profoundly stupid reason. UFO coverups indeed, even with all the information that exists to show that little green men aren’t collaborating with the US government to probe their citizens; people STILL believe that. I’ve entertained the notion that the belief that the government is collaborating with aliens should be a prosecutable offense simply because it’s so silly. But yes, he endangered human lives by tampering with military systems and I see why the prosecuting lawyers are so very upset. Also, while all those hackers that have been set as examples did PGP and whatnot, NONE of them hacked and tampered with military systems. None. Because it endangers the lives of one’s countrymen if you’re a citizen and it provokes international incidences if you’re not. I think this is an excessive punishment but I find it hard to really work up indignation on this guy’s behalf. – 01:13, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

i can’t believe im reading he hacked into a few computer systems big deal its not like he embezeled large amounts of cash or killed someone so whats all this talk about guantanamo and severe jail time.nonsence they should offer him a job in security!

Hackers have been given a bad name, and it is by governments overreacting and the tabloids exaggerating that had given them such a bad name. Most of the computerised systems we have in the modern world wouldn’t exist without hackers. 12:48, 3 August 2009 (UTC)~

Did the hacker really expect to get away with this? Hacking into secret files puts not only soldier’s lives in danger, but the public’s as well. There is a reason these files are secret! — Poe Joe (Talk) 03:57, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

It was another proof that the country in question is Evil, and;

Must be invaded. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:39, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

I believe that he does not deserve a jail term. He was obviously highly interested in UFOs and believed that the United States were doing a cover up. He used his inititive and intellect to find information out. It is of course, a matter of national security, however, the law against hackers is new and hard to define. Has he actually stolen anything, has he harmed anyone? A possible reason for his high amount of sentencing, as with many hacker cases, is the embarresment caused. The fact that one person can discover the secrets of hundreds of government databases protected by thousands by simply sitting at a computer. Perhaps some justice should be used, however, throwing him in prison is a waste of intelligence. Recently, the U.S. and South Korea came under cyber attack. Would it not be much more beneficial for everyone to simply offer him the alternative of having to help the United States uncover the culprit behind these cyber attacks and help to reinforce the governments security? 12:41, 3 August 2009 (UTC)~