Yesterday saw a flurry of accusations coming from Glenn Greenwald after his partner was detained at Heathrow airport while waiting on a connecting flight to Rio.

At 6:30 am this morning my time – 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US – I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a “security official at Heathrow airport.” He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been “detained” at the London airport “under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000.”

But they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying.

He forgot to mention that his partner happened to be transporting docs stolen by Edward Snowden.

Mr. Miranda was in Berlin to deliver documents related to Mr. Greenwald’s investigation into government surveillance to Ms. Poitras, Mr. Greenwald said. Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden. The British authorities seized all of his electronic media — including video games, DVDs and data storage devices — and did not return them, Mr. Greenwald said.

Either way, it’s all still pretty sordid. Miranda was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000. Obviously no one thought that Miranda was a terrorist or had any ties to terrorism. The goal was strictly to seize the documents which he was carrying. If nothing else it was a blatant abuse of the law.


Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. I don’t understand. Do you support the UK government or Miranda?



    1. I don’t think the UK government was right for holding Miranda for nine hours and seizing all his equipment under section 7 of the Terrorism act of 2000. They knew there was no other legally justifiable excuse for holding him. I just think that Greenwald left out some very pertinent info when he was talking about Miranda and what was going on. If that makes sense.



  2. Ah yes, now I understand. In dividing the baby in a logical way, you have proven yourself to be objective and nonpartisan. It says good things about you.



    1. Thanks, have an upvote on that comment from me.



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