Monday, 19 August 2013

Terror laws abused to punish journalists

David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden story, has been detained for nine hours at Heathrow under anti-terrorism laws. The Guardian reports:
Miranda was held for nine hours, the maximum the law allows before officers must release or formally arrest the individual. According to official figures, most examinations under schedule 7 – over 97% – last less than an hour, and only one in 2,000 people detained are kept for more than six hours.

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act has been widely criticised for giving police broad powers under the guise of anti-terror legislation to stop and search individuals without prior authorisation or reasonable suspicion – setting it apart from other police powers.
So laws introduced with the claimed intent of detaining terrorism suspects are being abused to go after journalists who cooperate with whistle blowers.

I wonder if our government would be any less of a US lap dog than the UK?

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