UK Officials Argue That David Miranda Was, In Fact, A Terrorist
from the oh-really-now? dept
You may recall the farce in the UK that is the story of the nine-hour detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, while he was held over while flying through Heathrow to get from Berlin to Brazil. Miranda’s devices were seized under an anti-terrorism law, which can only be used to deal with terrorism. Even though many have admitted it was really just to send a message to Greenwald and other reporters, many UK officials have maintained that the detention was fully justified, despite no evidence to support that. Even the author of the law that was used to stop Miranda has argued that it was not intended for such uses.
However, last week in court, the UK laid out its case, as presented by Scotland Yard — and they actually are going to try to claim that Miranda’s actions — carrying some of Snowden’s encrypted documents — is a form of both espionage and terrorism.
Intelligence indicates that Miranda is likely to be involved in espionage activity which has the potential to act against the interests of UK national security,” according to the document.
“We assess that Miranda is knowingly carrying material the release of which would endanger people’s lives,” the document continued. “Additionally the disclosure, or threat of disclosure, is designed to influence a government and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism…”
Read that again and let it sink in. UK officials are arguing that if you have any material which, if disclosed, might “influence a government,” you are, by definition, a terrorist. That makes a very large number of people terrorists. By this definition, basically any whistleblower is a terrorist. Anyone with embarrassing, but factual, information about a government official might be deemed a terrorist as well. Something is very broken if that’s considered the actual standard in the law.