Glenn Greenwald's Brazilian boyfriend detained for nine hours at Heathrow.
Do you think he's hoping to find a wealthier, less controversial suitor?
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.
The 28-year-old 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.
Miranda was released, but officials confiscated electronics equipment including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles.
Since 5 June, Greenwald has written a series of stories revealing the NSA's electronic surveillance programmes, detailed in thousands of files passed to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Guardian has also published a number of stories about blanket electronic surveillance by Britain's GCHQ, also based on documents from Snowden.
While in Berlin, Miranda had visited Laura Poitras, the US film-maker who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and the Guardian. The Guardian paid for Miranda's flights.
"This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process," Greenwald said. "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere.
"But the last thing it will do is intimidate or deter us in any way from doing our job as journalists. Quite the contrary: it will only embolden us more to continue to report aggressively."
A spokesperson for the Guardian said: "We were dismayed that the partner of a Guardian journalist who has been writing about the security services was detained for nearly nine hours while passing through Heathrow airport. We are urgently seeking clarification from the British authorities."
A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: "At 08:05 on Sunday, 18 August a 28-year-old man was detained at Heathrow airport under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He was not arrested. He was subsequently released at 17:00."
Scotland Yard refused to be drawn on why Miranda was stopped using powers that enable police officers to stop and question travellers at UK ports and airports.
There was no comment from the Home Office in relation to the detention. However, there was surprise in political circles and elsewhere. Labour MP Tom Watson said he was shocked at the news and called for it to be made clear if any ministers were involved in authorising the detention.
He said: "It's almost impossible, even without full knowledge of the case, to conclude that Glenn Greenwald's partner was a terrorist suspect.
"I think that we need to know if any ministers knew about this decision, and exactly who authorised it."
"The clause in this act is not meant to be used as a catch-all that can be used in this way."
How can anyone justify the US Government stopping an innocent person for 8 hours to intimidate his husband because his husband exposed the evil rot inside the USGOV and CIA and NSA spy system?
Our government is evil to the core.
Yes, I want to hear the defense of kidnapping GGs husband and illegally interrogating him.
Our government is evil.
Glad he won the Pulitzer.
In Stalin or Hitler or Mao's or Pol Pot's day they woulda just shot him.
Read some history and stop it with the drama. An eight-hour stop is not that bad.
That's why it is ironic that Russia has given him asylum.
Our government is more evil than the Nazi and USSR put together.
We are such a police state that the Washington Post and the Guardian just won the Pulitzer Prize for the Snowden revelations. Something that would surely have been permitted in Russia or Nazi Germany!
Where is your point?
The fact that a freedom fighter has been given asylum in Russia should force you to reconsider your worship of the US Government.
Putin lickers unite!
Um, no,, r4.
Russia gave him asylum because they wanted the US secrets he stole.
Snowden was a spy for them all along. He's played you like a fiddle.
[quote]Our government is more evil than the Nazi and USSR put together.
Was that also true under Dubya? Or is it only true now because we have a closet homosexual Muslim born in Kenya in the White House?
R5 is the Libertarian Idiot Troll, so you might consider the demonstrable evidence that he's crazier than a shithouse rat.
Too stupid to see that the USSA is becoming the new Nazi Germany.
Fucking libertarian troll is too stupid to realize that EVERYONE on the left (which does NOT mean Democratic party hacks) supports Greenwald, Snowden, et. al.; opposes American global hegemony; and deplores the oligarchic, anti-democratic, corporate-military dictatorship that the US has become.
But that doesn't mean that we oppose all forms of government or that we believe human beings have no rights other than property rights or that a market economy will ever provide a decent life for the majority of people.
Don't have an aneurysm.
Please try to support your post.
[quote]Fucking libertarian troll is too stupid to realize that EVERYONE on the left (which does NOT mean Democratic party hacks) supports Greenwald, Snowden, et. al.
You mean all the members of the Obama administration that has called Greenwald and Snowden traitors, (Kerry, Clinton, Feinstein, Reid) called for his execution, demonized him for revealing STASI style spying? What part of the "Left" are you talking about? The left has been silent, supporting the war criminal Bush...I mean Obama rather than calling for him to be impeached and tried for treason (along with his staff).
So, are you saying that your entire Democratic Party is full of treasonous hacks (just like the Republican Party) and should be attacked by any good liberal?
[quote]opposes American global hegemony;
Sure they do. Look at how they agree with Ron Paul that Ukraine is none of our business. Oh, wait, they don't.
[quote]deplores the oligarchic, anti-democratic, corporate-military dictatorship that the US has become.
You make me laugh. Look at the donations to democrats from big banks, military suppliers and agricultural corporations.
[quote]But that doesn't mean that we oppose all forms of government or that we believe human beings have no rights other than property rights or that a market economy will ever provide a decent life for the majority of people.
No, but it does show how shallow and ignorant your belief in government really is.
Look, asshole libertarian troll, the Democratic party in the US is a center-right, capitalist party. Liberals are NOT on the left -- I am not a liberal any more than I'm a conservative.
Americans on the left (socialists, social democrats, anarcho-syndicalists, green partiers, etc.) may sometimes vote for Democratic politicians but would never consider themselves supporters of that party.
Your ignorance of the global left and the many Americans who consider themselves part of it is utterly appalling.
Where is your so-called "global left" calling out Obama as a war criminal?
No comments on how Snowden is Putin's patsy? That should be clear to everyone by now.
All over the internet, all over twitter. Open your eyes and look around (Ha! As if you ever would or are even capable of doing that).
Snowden hasn't told the Russians anything they didn't already know. It's not like he was some high level employee with ACTUAL secrets they could use at all.
I'm curious about your use of the word "anarcho-syn" since that is pretty much the definition of libertarianism.
Since the USGOV has been spying on everyone, what value (besides propaganda exposing the bullshit of the USGOV) does Snowden offer?
Once you open your eyes and smell the global US empire then try to post something intelligent.
Putin is evil, but at least he doesn't pretend to be good like Bush. I mean Obama.
No, R19, anarcho-syndicalists are not libertarians. Far from it. Some libertarians do refer to themselves as anarcho-capitalists, but that is quite the opposite.
As far as drawing up a reading list for you to educate yourself in general world history, political theory, philosophy, schools of economics, contemporary social movements, etc. No thank you.
Do your own homework.
Mea culpa. I was confusing your anarchy with freedom.
This Wikipedia definition is so convoluted, poorly written and undefined that I get it- you don't know what it is.
AN (without) and ARCH (ruler) are apt- a system in which individuals are allowed to create their own rules, on their own land, without interference by a totalitarian government.
It's pretty simple.
This is what your "anarcho-symplisticism" is-
Anarcho-syndicalism (also referred to as revolutionary syndicalism) is a theory of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy and, with that control, influence broader society. Syndicalists consider their economic theories a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as an alternative co-operative economic system with democratic values and production centered on meeting human needs.
The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are solidarity, direct action (action undertaken without the intervention of third parties such as politicians, bureaucrats and arbitrators) and direct democracy, or workers' self-management. The end goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system, regarding it as wage slavery. Anarcho-syndicalist theory therefore generally focuses on the labour movement,
Anarcho-syndicalists view the primary purpose of the state as being the defence of private property, and therefore of economic, social and political privilege, denying most of its denizens the ability to enjoy material independence and the social autonomy which springs from it. In contrast with other bodies of thought, particularly with Marxism–Leninism, anarcho-syndicalists deny that there can be any kind of workers' state, or a state which acts in the interests of workers, as opposed to those of the powerful, and that any state with the intention of empowering the workers will inevitably work to empower itself or the existing elite at the expense of the workers. Reflecting the anarchist philosophy from which it draws its primary inspiration, anarcho-syndicalism holds to the idea that power corrupts.
Putin and the Libertarians
Sittin' in a tree,
Snowden went on tv and oh-so-bravely put a question to the great Putin on his annual media show, and gave the dear leader a great propaganda coup, with Putin spouting on about how any surveillance the Russian government does is all within the law.
Pavel Durov, the founder of the hugely popular russian social media site VKontakte, just yesterday had to flee the country after Putin associates basically took over his company and all the info that users have uploaded onto the site. Durov has said that the Russian security services tried to get him to give them private info on Ukrainians protesting against Moscow's attempts to control their country, but he refused and this is why the Russian government has tried to take over the whole of the site and push him out.
But, the US is just so evil!
I hope GG and Snowden share the Nobel Peace Prize this year- it would help erase the stain of giving it to the warmongering asshole Obama.