Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Common Dreams

British government defends detention of journalist’s partner and use of anti-terrorism law to search personal electronic devices and abridge civil liberties

– Jon Queally, staff writer

Lawyers representing David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who was recently detained by British authorities under the unprecedented interpretation of a terrorism statute while passing through Heathrow Airport, have sent the UK’s Home Office a letter demanding an apology for his treatment, clarification of the legal authority used, and indicating their willingness to file suit on behalf of their client if his electronic media are not returned, unspoiled immediately.

David Miranda: Glenn Greenwald’s partner has threatened legal action over his nine-hour detention at Heathrow. (Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) Miranda’s nine-hour detention on Sunday has caused an uproar over what critics charge is the UK government’s flagrant violation of individual and journalistic freedoms and a misuse of the statute known as Schedule 7, part of the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000.

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