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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RE[2]: If you strike me down
by grable on Mon 19th Aug 2013 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE: If you strike me down"
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We here in Norway sure as shit did, maybe not as extreme as the americans.
But there were entire families under surveillance for many many years... just for sniffing in the general direction of the reds.

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RE[3]: If you strike me down
by Tuishimi on Tue 20th Aug 2013 05:43 in reply to "RE[2]: If you strike me down"
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I did not know that! Time to do some reading up on Norwegian history.

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