Miranda decision

We’ve got used to governments bending terrorist legislation, but it was still a shock when David Miranda was detained at Heathrow for nine hours. He was questioned without access to a lawyer, and his electronic equipment was confiscated and copied. No, he wasn’t a terrorist. He was the partner of Glenn Greenwald, a journalist helping Edward Snowden to tell the story about US surveillance.
They’re not saying Miranda was a terrorist. But they are saying that if the security services think he might be, they’re entitled to do anything they fancy to check that out. In fact, they’re free to detain and harass anybody passing through, and they often do, without most of us knowing or caring. That the judges are happy to go along with this is one more scary instance of the way our rights are at risk.