How journalists and even their relatives can be treated as terrorists in the UK

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/19/glenn-greenwald-journalism-david-miranda-detention

The detention at Heathrow on Sunday of the Brazilian David Miranda is the sort of treatment western politicians love to deplore in Putin’s Russia or Ahmadinejad’s Iran. His “offence” under the 2000 Terrorism Act was apparently to be the partner of a journalist, Glenn Greenwald, who had reported for the Guardian on material released by the American whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/amnesty-condemns-heathrow-detention

Amnesty International has condemned the detention of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner at a London airport as “unwarranted revenge tactics” based solely on his relationship with Greenwald.

David Miranda was detained when in transit at Heathrow under schedule seven of Britain’s Terrorism Act 2000, and held for almost nine hours – the maximum time allowable before further authority is required.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/david-miranda-detained-uk-nsa

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” (David was not entering the UK but only transiting through to Rio). Moreover, “most examinations, over 97%, last under an hour.” An appendix to that document states that only .06% of all people detained are kept for more than 6 hours.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s