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This was a decision that was made by the British government without the involvement and not at the request of the United States government. It’s as simple as that.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Quoted By The Washington Post
On Sunday August 18, 2013, UK Police detained David Miranda, a Brazilian journalist connected with Glenn Greenwald ( The Guardian ), while transiting London’s Heathrow Airport. Mr. Miranda was detained under Schedule 7 of the British Terrorism Act, while en route to his home in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from Berlin, Germany.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said ministers must find out whether anti-terror laws had been “misused”, after Miranda was held for nine hours by authorities at Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act. His detention has caused “considerable consternation” and the Home Office must explain how this can be justified as appropriate and proportionate, she said.
The Guardian, August 19, 2013
Newsroom Magazine stands in full support of the journalists exposing errors, mistakes, untruths and wrongdoing in the operations of our security and clandestine services.
At The Guardian. At The Washington Post.
We condemn the detention of David Miranda at Heathrow Airport — and those who ordered it and carried it out.
What happened to David Miranda is indefensible. The UK police were not intent on protecting British citizens from terrorists which is their legitimate job. They were instead trying to protect themselves from legitimate journalists whose job is to expose truth, report on government, to inform ordinary citizens about the actions and decisions of government and its agents.
Tony Koorlander reported from London this morning that “those who are not in favour by the government,” are targeted by UK police at Heathrow, “… authorised by someone in a much higher place to deliver a cold-war type warning.”
We support the hard-working men and women who serve our nations in clandestine, national security and police services. They protect us at immense risk to themselves, and their families. For the most part their efforts are invisible and thankless.
To the man, these people have earned and deserve our respect for the work they do and the risks they take to keep us free from terrorists and malcontents who countenance our disability or seek our destruction. It is the clandestine service, and those who support them, who keep us safe in our homes, communities and nation.
But they cannot ever spy on ordinary citizens or intimidate the people’s legitimate journalists or threaten publishers serving in the public interest. Not now. Never.
Trust is a bilateral relationship that demands reciprocity and accountability.
When those whose work is to protect us abrogate our trust by spying on us, lying to us, and/or wrongfully surveilling us they no longer warrant our trust or support.
Best those on both sides of the pond who ordained or orchestrated the intimidation of David Miranda know that the free press that serves as freedom’s check and balance in all free societies, is the same free press that serves the interests of their own families and communities.
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