While returning from a trip to Germany, Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow airport for 9 hours. He was reportedly held and interrogated under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, although it is very unlikely that his detention had anything to do with terrorism.
Not only was Mr. Miranda held for the maximum time allowable under the statute, he was questioned without the benefit of being able to consult an attorney. It is now being revealed that he may have been threatened with jail time if he did not fully cooperate. In the terrorism act, it is considered a crime to not cooperate.
In addition to being detained, UK authorities confiscated all electronic equipment in his possession such as: cell phone, lap top, memory cards, camera, dvd's and game consoles. There is no explanation at this time as to any legitimate reason to have held him under a terrorism act and certainly no justification to have taken his possessions.
This incident is yet another perfect example of terrorism laws being abused by governments around the globe. They are instead increasingly being used to terrorize innocent people for a government's own purposes. Many people have argued that this type of abuse by government was actually the intended use of such new draconian laws rather than the stated purpose of fighting international terrorism.
It would be safe to say that there is apparently no real protection for whistle blowers and that journalists are being put in a very precarious position for trying to report their stories.
Glenn Greenwald has responded with understandable outrage. Instead of being intimidated by what has happened to his partner, Glenn is vowing to become even more aggressive in his reporting on the remaining information obtained from Edward Snowden. He will also spend time concentrating on revealing more information regarding the UK government's surveillance programs, conceivably fueled by this incident.
The latest reports on this story claim that the US government was well aware of the planned detention of David Miranda, ahead of time.
The Brazilian government released a statement on having "grave concerns" as to the treatment of one of their citizens and the obvious abuse of a law that was supposed to only be used in thwarting real terrorism. They warn that this type of abuse should never be repeated.
We may never know just how much critical information may have been contained in David Miranda's equipment but Edward Snowden seems to have cleverly circulated such materials into several people's hands.
The Telegraph, Greenwald: UK will be 'sorry' for detaining partner
Huffington Post, Glenn Greenwald To Publish UK Secrets After Britain Detains Partner
You can catch Lori LIVE and uncensored every Saturday and Sunday night at 7:00 pm CST for "Freedom's News Hour" on WT Radio at http://www.worldtruth.org/
If you liked this article, it is free to subscribe by clicking the "subscribe" button above. You will receive an email the next time she publishes an article.