Concerns over UK dentention of journalist’s partner

| 19/08/2013

(Reuters): British authorities came under pressure on Monday to explain why anti-terrorism powers were used to detain the partner of a reporter who wrote articles about US and UK surveillance programmes based on leaks from Edward Snowden. Brazillian David Miranda, the partner of American journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held for nine hours on Sunday at London's Heathrow Airport where he was in transit from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. He was released without charge. The White House on Monday said it had not asked the British government to question Miranda but added that officials in London had given their U.S. counterparts a "heads up" before his detention.

"This was a decision that they made on their own, and not at the request of the United States," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing. "This is something that they did independent of our direction," he added.

He did not provide details on whether U.S. officials had obtained any material from personal items confiscated from Miranda.
Opposition politicians and human rights lawyers demanded an explanation for Miranda's treatment.

"The detention of David Miranda is a disgrace and reinforces the undoubted complicity of the UK in U.S. indiscriminate surveillance of law-abiding citizens," Michael Mansfield, one of Britain's leading human rights lawyers, told Reuters. "The fact that Snowden, and now anyone remotely associated with him, are being harassed as potential spies and terrorists is sheer unadulterated state oppression," he wrote in an email.

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  1. a bigger picture says:

    “The multimillionaire oligarchy, whose heads of state or government are to meet in Cannes with the representatives of almost six billion inhabitants… Those countries are attempting to monopolize technologies and markets by means of patents, banks, the most modern and costly forms of transportation, cybernetic domination of complex productive processes, and the control of communications and the mass media in order to deceive the world… Now that the planet’s inhabitants amount to seven billion, the states which represent just one of every seven people who, to judge by the massive protests in Europe and the United States are not very happy, are putting the survival of our species at risk.” – Fidel Castro, speaking on the G20 meeting which occurred this year.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fidel who? Please use quotes from relevant people…not has beens who ship weapons to nations that are a threat to us all…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very little chance of this happening in Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      Before whodatis gets in, I am a Brit and this is clearly not one of the Uk's finest hours. I think 99% of Brits would agree with that. Someone gonna lose a job somewhere…now, does that ever happen here?

      • Whodatis says:

        Pffft … did any one "lose a job" when the previous Brazilian suffered an ill-fated run-in with the British police?

        I don't think so … and poor Jean Charles de Menezes (may he rest in peace) was shot 7 times in the head at point blank.

        It is so clear what is taking place in the world that I tend to ignore it nowadays. What is the use?

        Americans and Brits have allowed their countries, democracies and governments to run to utter sh*t!

        Fear-mongering, "terrorism", "traitors", erosion of freedoms, police state – it is all in place … and one country is clearly willing to assist another in illegal detentions and seizures.

        Good luck to us all.

        (Happy now?)


        • Anonymous says:

          CNS, could you please give us an "effin wanker" button to click on? "Troll" just does not have enough of the "je ne sais quoi" where most of Whodatis' posts are concerned. He/she has become the Jordanian of CNS.

        • Anonymous says:

          Whodatis, your imagination runs wild again…I seem to recall at least one officer was discharged for that.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes, sounds like here, corrupt polticians, boards, nepotism, cronyism, ineffective services, monopolies and cartels, poor education systems, people getting shot, drugs everywhere, ineffective policing, shall I go on??? I am a Caymanian. And think whodatis, that you should not be casting stones in glass houses, but helping us get out of this mess…

        • Anonymous says:

          but there's more whodatis… CHINA, INDIA, and BRAZIL's economies are on the rise, and I believe someday the U.S. / British will be lagging behind them… wait and see

          • Anonymous says:

            Cayman is already way way behind…

            • Whodatis says:

              How so?

              Please provide comparisons … debt ratio, credit rating, GDP, median salary etc.

              Also, don't forget to remember to discount and offset the "benefits" of centralised banking and fiat currency.

              Many thanks in advance.

               – Whodatis

              • Anonymous says:

                Money Mainly spent propping up tin pot bankrupt caribbean governments like TCI was…and why dont you name Cayman's figures first? I can name UKs…oh! you can't! nothing has been audited in years because it has all been stolen or salted away and none knows where it is…how is that whodatis???

                • Anonymous says:

                  So far as I am aware the UK has spent less than $20m on TCI which is obviously a drop in the bucket compared to its national debt. It does not spend any significant amounts on any other Overseas Territory. Nice try at deflection though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Please let us know who is fired.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not if the culprit is a Brit, no. If he is a Caymanian d@mn str8.