London’s Metropolitan Police Service, which had jurisdiction over the case, said in a statement that Mr. Miranda had been lawfully detained under the Terrorism Act and later released, without going into detail.
“Holding and properly using intelligence gained from such stops is a key part of fighting crime, pursuing offenders and protecting the public,” the statement said.
A spokesman for the British Foreign Ministry said the episode was a “police matter” and would provide no further comment.
Scotland Yard confirmed that a man was detained for the maximum amount of time allowed under Britain’s Terrorism Act and was released without charges. Official statistics show that one out of every 2,000 people detained under the act (.06% of all those stopped) are held for more than six hours.
Why bother blogging about your support for Edward Snowden? You're just one voice, and there's just the smallest chance that it'll make your trip across the border to your sick mother in Mexico more difficult. Others will express that opinion, why take the chance? They're probably not analyzing my blog, but...you never know...
The Post’s documents suggest that people classified as “roamers” are the unwitting victims of the plurality of both E.O. 12333 and FISA violations.
According to an intelligence official, one type of “roamer” is a legitimate foreign intelligence target who suddenly travels to the United States, thus temporarily placing his or her communications on the U.S. telecom infrastructure grid. Roamers, generally, include recognized agents of foreign powers, like identified foreign government officials or suspected spies operating under diplomatic cover.
NSA is not permitted to use the U.S. telephone system to continue to collect intelligence on these targets without re-tasking the target through FISA channels.
"I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England too. I have many documents on England's spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did," Greenwald, speaking in Portuguese, told reporters at Rio's airport where he met Miranda upon his return to Brazil.
i just can not get on board with the dystopian police state stuff
The Obama administration can pretend it had nothing to do with his detention, but the GCHQ get funding from the US government for delivering actionable intelligence,
it's using the law past what's 'fair' in that they were mean to his partner, but it's absolutely what the intelligence agencies would do.
This report provides the classified results of the NSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review of the President's Surveillance Program (PSP) as mandated in the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008. (page 2, emphasis added)
However, the IG said that he found the secrecy surrounding the legal rationale to be "odd." Specifically, he said that it was "strange that NSA was told to execute a secret program that everyone knew presented legal questions, without being told the underpinning legal theory." The IG, GC, and Deputy GC all stated that they had yet to see the full text of the original OLC opinion. (page 25)
Page 33: "While requesting help from corporate entities to support the PSP, NSA personnel made it clear that the PSP was a cooperative program and participation was voluntary."
Page 37: "The Attorney General directed COMPANY C to comply with NSA's request.
In response to a New York Times "warrantless wiretapping" story published in December 2005, General Alexander briefed all FISC members on the PSP on 9 January 2006.
We could not determine exact reasons for why the NSA IG was not cleared for the PSP until August 2002. According to the NSA General Counsel, the President would not allow the IG to be briefed sooner. General Hayden did not specifically recall why the IG was not brought in earlier, but thought that it had not been appropriate to do so when it was uncertain how long the Program would last and before operations had stabilized. The NSA IG pointed out that he did not take the IG position until April 2002, so NSA leadership or the White House may have been resistant to clearing either a new or an acting IG.
Regardless, by August 2002, General Hayden and the NSA General Counsel wanted to institutionalize oversight of the Program by bringing in the IG. General Hayden recalled having to "make a case" to the White House to clear the IG at that time. (page 50)
Yeah, all my stuff is machine-readable and being analyzed by spooks but I don't care because I have nothing to hide.
The (few) people who have been detained and/or deprived of liberty and/or property do not warrant concern because there are so few of them and I am not one of them.
Life as a Terrorist
SEN. WYDEN: [...] So what I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question, does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
Director of National Intelligence JAMES CLAPPER: “No, sir.”
SEN. WYDEN: “It does not?”
DIR. CLAPPER: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”
— exchange during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, March 12, 2013
Google did not answer any of the specific questions put to it, and provided only a general statement denying it had joined Prism or any other surveillance program. It added: "We await the US government's response to our petition to publish more national security request data, which will show that our compliance with American national security laws falls far short of the wild claims still being made in the press today."
Details are still emerging but there was an extraordinary government witness statement this morning in the UK regarding the detention of David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald’s partner who was detained two weeks ago in Heathrow Airport...
“The fact that…the claimant was carrying on his person a handwritten piece of paper containing the password for one of the encrypted files recovered from him is a sign of very poor information security practice,” says Govt statement
Anyone claiming that David Miranda was carrying a password that allowed access to documents is lying. UK itself says they can't access them.
“The claimant & his associates have demonstrated very poor judgment in their security arrangements with respect to the material…”#miranda
"Mr Miranda does not accept the assertions they have made." Presumably, this means that he does not accept the assertion that the data he was carrying threatened UK national security and even the lives of its operatives. Yet this somewhat contradicts something Miranda told The Guardian two weeks ago. Back then, he said, "I don't look at documents. I don't even know if it was documents that I was carrying." So if he didn't look at the documents, how can he know that they didn't include the kind of information that the UK Government alleges? Has Greenwald brought him up to speed with what was really on the memory sticks he asked him to ferry halfway across the world? I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.
Goode said the hard drive contained around 60 gigabytes of data, "of which only 20 have been accessed to date." She said that she had been advised that the hard drive contains "approximately 58,000 UK documents which are highly classified in nature, to the highest level."
Goode said the process to decode the material was complex and that "so far only 75 documents have been reconstructed since the property was initially received."
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