UK Watchdog Warns Country’s Terrorism Laws Could Be Used to Criminalize Newspapers as Terrorists

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

The official in the United Kingdom, who is tasked with reviewing terrorism legislation, has released a report warning about the breadth of terrorism laws and how they could be used to criminalize journalism.

Citing the case of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband who was detained at Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act of 2000 last year, David Anderson QC recommended changing the definition of terrorism in the law.


David Miranda Case: British High Court Accepts Investigative Journalism Can Be Like Terrorism

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 7:54 am

A British high court has decided that the detention of David Miranda, partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, under a provision of the United Kingdom’s terrorism law was “lawful.” The objective of his detention was “not only legitimate but very pressing.” He had in his possession material that was “stolen” from the National Security Agency by whistleblower Edward Snowden which if made public would have posed a risk to life.

‘Do You Love This Country?’—British MPs Question Guardian Editor-in-Chief on NSA Files

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 2:10 pm

Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger appeared before a British parliamentary committee to answer questions on how the media organization had handled the publication of National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The invitation to appear before the committee seemed to be part of an escalation in attacks on the Guardian since it began to publish stories on NSA documents, especially the NSA’s partnership with the UK spy agency, GCHQ.

David Miranda & the Policing of Journalism

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00 pm

Lawyers for David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been reporting on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was in Britain’s High Court for the second day of a hearing.

UK Police Believed David Miranda Was Likely ‘Connected to a Conspiracy’ Between Snowden and Others

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 11:20 am

Lawyers for David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald who was detained under a United Kingdom terrorism law back in August and had electronics equipment seized from him, are in Britain’s High Court to argue that detaining him was unlawful and it was a violation of Miranda’s right to target him under the terrorism law.

In David Miranda’s Case, UK Security Services Argue Traveling With Secret Documents Is ‘Terrorism’

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 10:30 am

Security services in the United Kingdom have accused David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, of being “involved in espionage activity” when he traveled from Berlin to Heathrow Airport on his way back to Brazil, where he lives with Greenwald.

UK Police Granted Authority to Investigate Whether Material Seized From David Miranda Violates Official Secrets Act

By: Friday August 30, 2013 7:30 am

A high court in the United Kingdom has given the Metropolitan police the expanded power to investigate whether David Miranda committed “crimes related to terrorism and breaches of the Official Secrets Act,” according to Robert Booth of The Guardian.

David Miranda and the Preclusion of Privacy, Part 2

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 5:45 am

Today, I’d like to discuss a common leftist reaction to the National Surveillance State’s war on journalism: the idea that journalists should preempt government attacks like Miranda’s detention and the destruction of Guardian computers by immediately dumping onto the Internet any secret files that come into their possession.

David Miranda and the Preclusion of Privacy

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 7:04 pm

I think it’s obvious to any reasonable observer that the UK authorities detained David Miranda, spouse of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, to intimidate journalists and whistleblowers — to “send a message,” as Greenwald put it. But I also think there’s something more going on.

Greenwald: Brazil’s Intervention Likely Kept Partner from Being Charged Under UK Terrorism Law

By: Sunday August 18, 2013 5:20 pm

The partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald was detained by United Kingdom authorities at Heathrow Airport for nine hours, the maximum period under a provision of a terrorism law in the country. His partner had “electronics equipment including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles” confiscated.

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