Greenwald’s original: 938 words. This post: 159 words.
In “a profound escalation of their attacks on … journalism,” the UK detained Greenwald’s partner David Miranda Sunday morning at London’s Heathrow airport during a stopover on the way from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro for nine hours, the maximum allowable amount of time “under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.” They obviously had no suspicion that Miranda had connections to terrorism; this was pure harassment. Various electronic devices were seized.
Heavy-handed harassment of journalists like Laura Poitras is a well-established practice of surveillance states like the US and UK, but to try to harass loved ones violates ethical codes held even by most criminal enterprises. Greenwald and his associates were left to worry whether Miranda would be charged with some crime and held indefinitely.
These actions serve to underscore the reasons why these surveillance states should not be trusted with their spying regimes. Greenwald shares Miranda’s defiance, “as I’m certain US and UK authorities will soon see.”