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At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a "security official at Heathrow airport." He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been "detained" at the London airport "under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000."
According to a document published by the UK government about Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, "fewer than 3 people in every 10,000 are examined as they pass through UK borders" (Dav
David was unable to call me because his phone and laptop are now with UK authorities.
The partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald was held at Heathrow airport under the UK Terrorism Act for the maximum time allowed before pressing charges. Amnesty International dubbed the move an unwarranted revenge after Greenwald revealed NSA spy programs.
Originally posted by Unity_99
So they're using terrorist laws, to go after intimidation of journalists. And planning on trying to terrify anyone who would even dare to whistleblow. I hope all the journalists and media and public stand up and send them a good sharp metaphoric kick in the nards.
Originally posted by xDeadcowx
This is a travesty. They held this guy for suspicion of terrorism, with zero evidence of terrorism. They all but admitted they just used the terrorism laws at their disposal to harass this guy due to a beef with his partner.
The worst part is that there isn't anything anybody can do about it. Any official at any airport can hold you for 9 hours, refuse legal council, and steal all of your stuff, with out needing to have a reason!
I sometimes wish these escalations would speed up and TPTB would just show their hand. This slow con crap is getting really old. Does anybody not see where this is heading? Its like one of those crappy suspense movies where they trickle out little bits and pieces even though everybody watching had the plot figured out ten minutes into the film.
It isn’t mentioned in any of the articles at The Guardian, oddly enough, but the New York Times reports that The Guardian paid for Greenwald’s partner’s trip: Britain Detains Partner of Reporter Tied to Leaks
"Mr. Miranda was in Berlin to deliver documents related to Mr. Greenwald’s investigation into government surveillance to Ms. Poitras, Mr. Greenwald said. Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden." littlegreenfootballs.com...
See also: NYT: Greenwald’s Partner Was Transporting Snowden’s Stolen Documents
I'm surprised at Britain but here in the U.S. it's common practice for Feds to confiscate everything someone owns and then never file charges... and never give it back. If memory serves, back in the 90s when the NSA got their panties in a twist over PGP, the feds did this to a computer guy in Texas, who earned his living doing tech work, seizing every bit of equipment he owned, never filing charges, and then never giving it back even after years of court wrangling. The last I read, it had gone on for well over a decade.
See, for the feds, seizing private property and then later defending it in court is absolutely free; for a citizen, losing their property (even cars and houses) and then trying to get it back legally drains every resource they have, and the feds know it. It is a strategy that utterly paralyzes its target in daily living. No one cares when they use it against some drug lord, but it's used all the time to incapacitate anyone the feds target. And that's exactly what this was about with Glenn and David.
It's sheer harassment. Always has been, always will be. I'm just kind of surprised the UK has taken up the same vile practice, though I'm not sure why there's anything left in me that thinks they're not all playing out of the same playbook. www.theguardian.com...