Sunday, August 18, 2013

Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow for 9 hrs; laptop, cellphone confiscated

Glenn Greenwald (right) and his partner David Miranda, who was held by UK authorities at Heathrow aiport. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Greenwald (right) and his partner David Miranda, who was held by UK authorities at Heathrow aiport. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald
David Miranda, partner of Guardian's journalist, Glenn Greenwald was detained today at Heathrow Airport in the UK under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Miranda who was returning home from a trip to Berlin was released after nine hours of questioning, the maximum time legally permitted but not before UK government officials confiscated his electronic equipment including Miranda's laptop, cell phone, memory sticks, DVDs and game consoles.

Guardian.co.UK
"...David Miranda, who lives with Glenn Greenwald, was returning from a trip to Berlin when he was stopped by officers at 8.05am and informed that he was to be questioned under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The controversial law, which applies only at airports, ports and border areas, allows officers to stop, search, question and detain individuals...."
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Coincidence that Miranda was detained, questioned for nine hours and denied legal counsel, I think not. Miranda has been working with Greenwald and the Guardian on Snowden files and the NSA.
This assault on Miranda's liberties and the confiscation of his equipment has Barack Obama written all over it.

See Greenwald's article, "Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation."

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