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Response to Summer Hathaway (Reply #113)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 08:07 AM

124. Opinion of a lawyer who piloted the 2000 Act through the Lords: Miranda should not have been detaine

David Miranda's detention had no basis in law, says former lord chancellor

Lord Falconer, who helped introduce Terrorism Act 2000, criticises home secretary's backing of police action at Heathrow

"But that section plainly doesn't apply here. What is happening is they are targeting Miranda because they believe that he may have information that has been obtained from Snowden. The reason that doesn't fall within schedule 7 is because: even assuming that they think there is material which has been obtained in breach of the Officials Secrets Act, the action of Miranda or anybody he is acting with could not be described as somebody concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. You could not reasonably believe, if you were the state, that Miranda is commissioning or assisting somebody to commission terrorism, to prepare terrorism or to instigate terrorism."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/21/david-miranda-law-detention-heathrow


There is excellent British legal opinion that the detention was not legally justified. It is simply not true to say Snowden 'knew' Miranda would be detained. He may have guessed the British government would overstep the mark, but you cannot count on the government doing the wrong thing all the time. Sometimes, they do obey the law. They just didn't this time.

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