Miranda update

Wednesday 6 November, 2013
At  half past 10
Applications for Permission
CO/11732/2013 The Queen on the application of Miranda v Secretary Of State Home Office

This is the official announcement of tomorrows hearing in the case of David Miranda. Carl Gardner has more on the legal specifics, and he seems to thing there is plenty of evidence for the case to turn in Miranda’s direction. Good. Journalism is not terrorism (nor is it espionage).

A couple of the Libertarian Home regulars, Gary and Nico, have been talking about turning up at the court, and I certainly wanted to. Having scouted around for numbers I get the distinct impression we are in a minority, understandable on a work day, but still a shame.

I will be speaking on Thursday, in part, about ways of mobilising people for this sort of thing, and much more, but for now there will be no official action. Not that this should stop you!

Protest planning meeting re: Miranda detention

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.

Also, please do share the graphic below.

Theresa May Miranda protest meeting teaser

Stop War demonstration on Syria – TOMORROW

Pavel, a regular from the meetup, will be attending a Stop War demonstration this Saturday 31st. Still you ask? I did to, Pavel writes:

Yes, still – 272 MPs voted for the operation

Quite. Buried in the polling news is the fact that 47% of the people agree with a pro-inteventionist agenda. The number of people with no opinion exceeds the margin of victory. Events may still force a further vote.

It cannot hurt to show your face and demonstrate that you are not a “war mongering republican”, but you may prefer (as I do) to simply write a letter to the people that matter:

It’s not over.

Make sure your opinion is heard. Conservative MPs are more likely to respect your opinion than the reams of predictable letters they receive from “the left”. Your unique stance may sway them.

Write Now

The Express polling in full: