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British Court rules on search of Miranda property

Romana Klee (CC)

Romana Klee (CC)

Romana Klee (CC)


David Miranda, the Brazilian man who had been working with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, obtained a partial victory in British court. His property that had been seized by authorities cannot be searched, unless it is for the purpose of “national security.”

BBC News reports:

The High Court ruled the authorities could examine the seized material for the defence of national security and also to investigate whether Mr Miranda, 28, is a person who is or has been concerned with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Mr Miranda’s lawyers said he had had nine items, including his laptop, mobile phone, memory cards and DVDs, taken during the detention on Sunday.

They sought the injunction to prevent access to the data, arguing his detention was unlawful and threatened “journalistic sources whose confidential information is contained in the material seized”.

Speaking after the case, Gwendolen Morgan, from law firm Bindmans, said the injunction was a “partial victory”.

She said the government now has seven days to “prove there is a genuine threat to national security”.

Ms Morgan added she knew “very little” about the criminal investigation police revealed they were undertaking.

“We don’t know of any basis for that,” she added.

Miranda had been stopped presumably because of his association with Greenwald, and the Edward Snowden affair. It can be presumed that the British authorities had been hoping to find more Snowden documents before they were released to the public. In the wake of Miranda’s detainment, Guardian editors revealed that the British government had destroyed their hard drives. Given the nature of the information, and Snowden’s claims that the information will be released no matter what happens to him, it is unlikely that destroying hard drives or seizing property of journalists will put an end to the Snowden information releases. As for the Miranda situation, while his counsel is unaware of any reason the British government would have to prove that the is a danger to national security, time will tell what sort of case the Crown will manage to present in court.

BBC Video: Understanding the US & Guns

right to bear arms

right to bear armsThe BBC link below will take you to a ten minute video created by BBC news reporter Alan Little. Perhaps the reporter heard or saw fellow Brit Piers Morgan’s continued quest in vain to understand the relationship between Americans and their guns. Certainly, Piers might learn a bit about his own culture as Little explains the difference between the independent American ideal and that of the long subjugated Europeans, how we were ‘shaped by a different experience’.

Gun ownership is more than self defense. Americans believe in an empowered citizenry; self reliant, independent, free. As Little explains, and as most of us know, it’s not just the Wild West that represents the United States but the history of our armed Minutemen, ordinary citizens, ready and willing to stand against tyranny.

BBC News – Why are guns synonymous with freedom for many in US?

UK Embassy In Iran Stormed By Angry Rioters

The following is from BBC News:

Militant students are said to have removed the British flag, burnt it and replaced it with the Iranian flag.

They were also shown live on Iranian state TV throwing stones at embassy windows and breaking them.

The move comes after Iran resolved to reduce ties following the UK’s decision to impose further sanctions on it.

The students clashed with anti-riot police and chanted “the embassy of Britain should be taken over” and “death to England”, AP reports.

One protester was reported to be waving a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth II.

On Sunday, Iran’s parliament voted by a large majority to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK after the UK Treasury imposed sanctions on Iranian banks the previous week, accusing them of facilitating the country’s nuclear programme.

Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only… [read more]