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Janis Sharp is a musician/composer and writer of children's books. Her son, Gary McKinnon, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, had a lifelong obsession with UFOs and while searching for evidence thereof, wandered into NASA and Pentagon computers. The lives of he and his mother Janis changed dramatically one morning in March 2002 when Gary was arrested for hacking into US government computers. Two years later, on 7 October 2004, the US government filed a request for Gary’s extradition. Fearing that Gary would take his own life rather than face being taken away to face seven counts of up to ten years each, Janis’s extraordinary battle began. Janis Sharp is also the author of the book Saving Gary McKinnon.