Monday, August 19, 2013

"Terrorism" In Obama's Puppet State Britain

The definition of "terrorism" has certainly taken an odd turn in Britain. It doesn't mean the intention of killing a lot of innocent civilians anymore, but now it seems it means being in a sexual/romantic relationship with a journalist who has exposed the lies of a foreign leader. The journalist is Glenn Greenwald, who published Edward Snowden's revelations of how the Obama regime lied to the world and invades people. Despite the fact that they clearly didn't think that his partner David Miranda was a terrorist, they arrested him, detained and interrogated him for 9 hours and stole many of his personal possessions, including his laptop and cell phone. This was clearly criminal acts of kidnapping, harrassment and theft by the British puppet government, no doubt at the orders from their master, Obama. As Greenwald puts it:

At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a "security official at Heathrow airport." He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been "detained" at the London airport "under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000."
The stated purpose of this law, as the name suggests, is to question people about terrorism. The detention power, claims the UK government, is used "to determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism."
But they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying. They completely abused their own terrorism law for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism: a potent reminder of how often governments lie when they claim that they need powers to stop "the terrorists", and how dangerous it is to vest unchecked power with political officials in its name.
This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It's bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It's worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
If the UK and US governments believe that tactics like this are going to deter or intimidate us in any way from continuing to report aggressively on what these documents reveal, they are beyond deluded. If anything, it will have only the opposite effect: to embolden us even further. Beyond that, every time the US and UK governments show their true character to the world - when they prevent the Bolivian President's plane from flying safely home, when they threaten journalists with prosecution, when they engage in behavior like what they did today - all they do is helpfully underscore why it's so dangerous to allow them to exercise vast, unchecked spying power in the dark.


Blogger Ralph Musgrave said...

In as far as the all-pervading surveillance and arrest of journalists etc is justified by concerns about terrorism, it’s relevant to ask exactly who these terrorists are. Well about 90% of people in prison in the UK for terrorist offences are Muslims. See p.40 here:

Ah, the wonders of multiculturalism. On the downside we get Sharia Law plus the murder of cartoonists and authors not approved of by Muslims, plus the destruction of some of our most fundamental rights. While on the upside we get . . . er . . . can anyone tell me?

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