David Miranda detention legally sound, says Scotland Yard

English: Protester demonstrating against polic...

English: Protester demonstrating against police misuse of the Terrorism Act 2000 in Trafalgar Square, London, on 23 January 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Still on catch-up.  The arrest of David Miranda was the latest in the NSA/Snowden saga and brought into question the use (abuse?) of the Terrorism Act, Schedule 7.

Ashes of the Day

David Miranda’s detained,
his laptop retained.
A journalist, no terrorist,
held for nine hours at Heathrow
not permitted to go.
The terrorism act was quoted,
Schedule seven was noted.
Scotland Yard since said it was legally sound,
but what have they found?

David Miranda’s released.
There’s a laptop deceased –
the hard-drive’s been hit
and smashed to bits
by Guardian editors
without prejudice
and witnessed by members of GCHQ.
He’d been held for no reason,
no evidence of treason.
His only crime
that he’s spent some time with Snowden.
Consorting with a whistle-blower, eh?
That scourge of the NSA.
The government has lost its way
and civil rights lie scattered
in the ashes of the day.



19th August 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “David Miranda detention legally sound, says Scotland Yard.” 

Using the Terrorism Act to detain the partner of a Guardian reporter who wrote about US and UK security services was “legally and procedurally sound”, Scotland Yard has said.  It was responding to claims it misused its powers by holding David Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow on Sunday.  Independent reviewer of terrorism legislation David Anderson QC has said the length of detention was “unusual”.  He has been joined by senior British politicians in calling on police to explain why Mr Miranda, 28, was detained.  The Brazilian was held at Heathrow on his way from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with his partner, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has published information from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.  He was detained under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This allows police to hold someone at an airport, port or international rail station for up to nine hours for questioning about whether they have been involved with acts of terrorism.


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