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Glenn Greenwald's Partner Detained at Heathrow Airport for Nine Hours

The Guardian reports:

The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through London's Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro.

David Miranda, who lives with Glenn Greenwald, was returning from a trip to Berlin when he was stopped by officers at 8.30am 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.

The 28-year-old was held for nine hours, the maximum the law allows before officers must release or formally arrest the individual. According to official figures, most examinations under schedule 7 – over 97% – last under an hour, and only one in 2,000 people detained are kept for more than six hours.

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see also:

Detaining My Partner: A Failed Attempt at Intimidation
By Glenn Greenwald


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."

David had spent the last week in Berlin, where he stayed with Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has worked with me extensively on theNSA stories. A Brazilian citizen, he was returning to our home in Rio de Janeiro this morning on British Airways, flying first to London and then on to Rio. When he arrived in London this morning, he was detained.

At the time the "security official" called me, David had been detained for 3 hours. The security official told me that they had the right to detain him for up to 9 hours in order to question him, at which point they could either arrest and charge him or ask a court to extend the question time. The official - who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 - said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him...


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Greenwald: "It's bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It's worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples."

Alas that the government can no longer reach the lofty moral heights occupied by the Mafia.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Ok, so it's not US, but UK, that said, anyone NOT see the irony

in a "Mr. Miranda" treated like a criminal without any due-process, AGAIN, in history?

They were both interviewed (looks heavily edited) on CNN Anderson "CIA" Cooper Vanderbilt:


Published on Aug 20, 2013

August 20, 2013 CNN

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

21 upvotes only?

Wtf has happened to this place?

Maybe not everyone is

buying into the Greenwald propaganda machine.
I'm not...not one little bit....something pongs when the "journalist" gets bigger than the story.

Brazil responds to the

Brazil responds to the detainment:


I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein


his breasts don't look large to me.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Working on a movie

Profitting off Snowden.

Don't be an ass!

Working on a movie is not grounds to detainment. Unless your a big party shill and the message is against your agenda.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

I didn't say it was grounds

Since when was there any need to be grounds for detainment? Here in CA since the war on drugs started, back in the 70s. Guess you didn't do any fighting against the war on drugs, that was ok because you didn't do drugs?

when they came for the people smoking marijuana, you didn't smoke marijuana so you did NOTHING?

And NOW.. gasp! This is such BIG BLOODY NEWS TO YOU Oh exictment BillRoe woke the F up because the shill pimping for profit's wife got detained.. NOW it's a BIG DEAL to BollRow and those who did NOTHING all these decades!

He's not the only one...


Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Our enemies are not

Our enemies are not terrorists anymore. Our enemies are own government employees.

This is an outrage

but they really have hurt themselves because now everyone can see how these "anti-terrorism" laws can be abused....looks like fascism to me.