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

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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Things are ugly here in Brazil
by protomank on Mon 19th Aug 2013 16:50 UTC
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Brazilian people are in the middle of some strong protests. Then we found out we are the most spied country by USA. Now britain arrests (c'mon, detention by 9 hours is the same thing) a man just because he is related/family of the journalist who published the spying story?

You guys (USA and his daughter England) are really wanting to make us enemies of you, aren't you?

This is ral real bad business, people are outraged by this. Don't invite us to a dinner, we could end up placing fire on your fine wooden table.

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Kochise Member since:

Please retain yourself, let's keep up the gentlemen level high.


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JAlexoid Member since:

The gloves are off my friend.

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mistersoft Member since:

Ahh there's no individual threats going on there. If all this power abuse and spying going on makes people a bit angry.. good.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Because Xenophobia solves everything!

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