David Gilmour Song Released Next Month on Gary McKinnon CD

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David Gilmour’s song, along with other undisclosed songs, will be released on a CD next month to raise awareness for Gary McKinnon who is fighting extradition to the USA.  An extradition request has been filed by the US Government after McKinnon hacked into the US Military’s computer network.

Why is Gilmour Involved?

McKinnon’s mother said, “We’ve known Joe, Dave Gilmour’s brother-in-law, since Gary was a child and Joe knows Gary is a good person,” she writes. “Joe told David Gilmour and his sister Polly (Polly is David Gilmour’s wife) and Dave immediately offered and emailed me to say he is happy to sing on our ‘Sing In’ recording/cd for Gary.”.

In an e-mail to Computerworld, Janis Sharp said McKinnon’s supporters are putting together the compilation CD to raise awareness about his case and to hopefully get Obama’s attention. The CD, which is slated to be released next month, will include Gilmour’s recording, along with songs from other artists, whose identities have yet to be disclosed, she added.

Sharp noted that the CD will be available for download, and that her son’s supporters are looking to distribute in retail stores as well.

Earlier this month, McKinnon’s supporters held a musical protest outside the U.S. embassy in London. The protest was timed to correspond with Obama’s arrival at the G20 summit of world leaders held in London.

At computer security conferences in London. McKinnon has described in detail how he hacked into the U.S. military computers.

The U.S. government alleges that McKinnon caused $900,000 in damages to computers in 14 states, and that he caused the shutdown of critical military networks shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He faces a sentence of 60 years or more in the U.S.

When Exactly is it Released?

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What Are Your Views?

What do you think about the US filing an extradition request against McKinnon?  Should he be left alone?  Put in prison for life?  Should Gilmour be putting his name forward in support of the accused?  Let us know your opinion on the Forum.

Lyrics to David Gilmour’s Version of Chicago by Graham Nash

David Gilmour and his manager Paul Loasby have helped to obtain copyright clearance from Graham Nash, to allow Janis Sharp’s re-written lyrics to Chicago.

So your brother’s bound and gagged
And they’ve chained him to a chair
Won’t you please come from Chicago just to sing
In a land that’s known as freedom how can such a thing be fair
Won’t you please come from Chicago for the help that you can bring

We can change the world, rearrange the world
It’s dying – to get better

Politicians sit yourselves down, there’s something for you here
Won’t you please stand up in London for our Lives
Don’t ask Jack to help you cause he’ll turn the other ear
Won’t you please stand up in London and join us side by side

We can change the world, rearrange the world
It’s dying – if you believe in justice
Dying – and if you believe in freedom
Dying – Stand for Autistic Rights
Dying – and a world we can believe in, open up the door

Somehow people must be free, so help the day comes soon
Won’t you please come from Chicago show your face
From the bottom of the ocean to the mountains of the moon
Won’t you please stand up in London no one else can take your place

You can change the world rearrange the world
It’s dying – if you believe in justice
Dying – and if you believe in freedom
Dying – Give Gary back his life
Dying – make a world we can believe in, open up the door

 

Source – [ Computerworld and various news papers ]

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