- Oct 28, 2007
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
[h=1]Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours[/h]David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act
The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National SecurityAgency 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 8.05am 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.
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 less than an hour, and only one in 2,000 people detained are kept for more than six hours. LINK
Vindictive misuse of the Anti-Terrorism Act? I certainly think so, David Miranda is by no means a terrorist and was simply returning to Brazil via London. His partner was the main target for the UK authorities and this was simply an attack on a journalist (via his partner) who is inconveniencing the UK and US govt by reporting to us mere mortals what the great and good have been doing to us behind our backs.
Shame on the UK govt for this.