David Miranda is a Guardian journalist working with Glenn Greenwald on the NSA Files – a collection of leaked documents that revealed pervasive internet surveillance by US and UK authorities. On passing through Heathrow he was detained for nine hours and treated like a terrorist. Nobody, not even actual terrorists, had been treated this way before.
It was quickly admited that his detention took place under anti-terror legislation designed to help authorities determine if air pasengers were terrorists but the authorities seemed to know that David Miranda was not a terrorist before he was stopped. When the law is used in this way, it is no protection at all. A judicial review has been initiated by the Guardian to get to the truth of the matter and hearings will take place on an unknown date likely to be in October.
I would like to do something about this, in support of objective equally applied law and against arbitrary interpretation of the law by officials. I cannot do that alone and need help. I need to know:
- what support I can get from the community, and from beyond the meetup?
- what it is possible to say and do legally while the case is underway?
- what tactics will work?
- what materials are needed and how to pay for them?
I would like to get together at the usual venue of the Rose and Crown in Southwark for a meeting to consider these questions. You can RSVP on meetup.com, but this is optional. There is an indication of the seated capacity on the meetup page.
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