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Source: The Guardian

The detention of my partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended

Glenn Greenwald (right) and his partner David Miranda, who was held by UK authorities at Heathrow aiport. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald

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."

David had spent the last week in Berlin, where he stayed with Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has worked with me extensively on the NSA stories. A Brazilian citizen, he was returning to our home in Rio de Janeiro this morning on British Airways, flying first to London and then on to Rio. When he arrived in London this morning, he was detained.

At the time the "security official" called me, David had been detained for three hours. The security official told me that they had the right to detain him for up to nine hours in order to question him, at which point they could either arrest and charge him or ask a court to extend the question time. The official -- who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 -- said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him.

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For the past 10 years, I was a litigator in NYC specializing in First Amendment challenges, civil rights cases, and corporate and securities fraud matters. I am the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book, How Would A Patriot (more...)

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they have to be shown that intimidation will get t... by laurie steele on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 3:26:11 PM
Extremely outrageous and stupid. This should energ... by Andrew Kreig on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 6:00:09 PM
old song lyric from the 60's ...."you must be work... by Samson on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 9:28:34 PM
Mr. Greenwald was lucky! This is ust an example of... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 9:47:29 PM
The ordeal comes across as intimidation and abuse.... by Mohammad Ala on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 11:50:05 PM
Greenwald's spouse, Miranda, is not a journalist.&... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 3:12:04 AM
The 1000 terror law is bad enough in itself. There... by Dave Lindorff on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 7:16:52 AM
it was not 'that kind of thinking' but 'that kind ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 8:56:03 AM
if one is extremely quick to know when the wind sh... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:13:04 AM
Boring and alcoholism. Perfect place for him. He w... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42:56 PM
Dave speaks very clearly, but you skirt the subjec... by Neal C Chambers on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 2:58:16 AM
You and your former business partner out in LA wer... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 1:39:42 PM
You are no patriot, you are a traitor who supports... by Neal C Chambers on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 3:00:40 AM
You do not know what you are talking about. Lindor... by Bill Johnson on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:04:41 PM
Remember Dave, when they killed JFK they changed A... by Neal C Chambers on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 2:54:29 AM
Miranda was offered a lawyer.  He declined ha... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 3:24:39 AM
I've noticed you conservatives old codger love eve... by kappie on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:12:31 AM
covered in scar tissue from the betrayals, who lov... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:19:40 AM
No, David clearly is opposed to fascism. Didn't y... by Neal C Chambers on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 3:01:40 AM
Socialism is facism. One where no one has a choice... by Bill Johnson on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:13:47 PM
The modern model of Democracy has often been claim... by Ettore Greco on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 3:25:46 PM