Skip to comments.Terrorism law watchdog calls for explanation of Miranda detention
Posted on 08/19/2013 7:29:37 AM PDT by don-o
Britain's anti-terrorist legislation watchdog has called on the Home Office and Metropolitan police to explain why anti-terror laws were used to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald for nine hours at Heathrow airport.
Amid mounting concern across the political spectrum over the treatment of David Miranda, David Anderson QC said that the treatment of Greenwald's partner on Sunday appeared to be "unusual".
Miranda said he was questioned by six agents on his "entire life" while held at Heathrow. Arriving at Rio de Janeiro airport on Monday, Miranda said: "I remained in a room. There were six different agents coming and going. They asked questions about my entire life, about everything. They took my computer, video game, mobile phone, my memory card. Everything."
In an interview with The World at One on BBC Radio 4, Anderson said that only 40 of the 60,000 to 70,000 people questioned under schedule 7 of the 2000 Terrorism Act are detained for more than six hours. "You can see what an unusual case this was if it is correct that Mr Miranda was held right up to nine-hour limit," Anderson said.
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I’d be curious what the history of David Miranda vis a vis the British government was. Maybe Miranda’s stories upset some applecarts? On the other hand maybe they got a tip or think they saw something through espionage that implicated Miranda in the intrigue here?
Perhaps David Miranda needed his Miranda Rights explained to him.