Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Aug 2013 14:05 UTC
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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 8.05am 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.

Miranda also had all his equipment confiscated. He has done nothing wrong - there's no charges, no criminal suspicion, nothing at all. His only crime is being the partner of a famous journalist who, among other things, is one of the driving forces behind shining a light on the NSA's mass surveillance.

There is no war on terror, because the terrorists have already won.

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RE[2]: "UK abuses terrorism law"
by flypig on Tue 20th Aug 2013 00:06 UTC in reply to "RE: "UK abuses terrorism law""
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Thanks; that's very interesting. However, the quote you provided is from the guidance, which has no legal enforceability as far as I'm aware. As it says in the guidance:

"The notes for guidance are not provisions of the code but are guidance to examining officers on its application and interpretation."

The act itself does state the purpose of questioning someone has to be "for the purpose of determining whether he appears to be a person falling within section 40(1)(b)", but I don't see any check on this in the text.

I'm not a lawyer, didn't read the full legislation and would love to be proven wrong, so if you know otherwise I'd be very happy to hear it. Luckily the law is currently under review, so hopefully this incident will at least help reinforce the need to rein in these powers.

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