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Reporting the truth is TERRORISM: UK, US acting just like Putin, Achmadinejad]

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  • scotpeden
    this excerpt says more then a picture. The hysteria of the war on terror is now corrupting every area of democratic government. It extends from the
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      this excerpt says more then a picture.
      "The hysteria of the "war on terror" is now corrupting every area of
      democratic government. It extends from the arbitrary selection of drone
      targets to the quasi-torture of suspects, the intrusion on personal data
      and the harassing of journalists' families. The disregard of statutory
      oversight - in Britain's case pathetically inadequate - is giving western
      governments many of the characteristics of the enemies they profess to
      oppose." - Simon Jenkins, Guardian UK

      "We have met the enemy, and he is us" - Pogo, Earth Day 1970, Walt Kelly

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      Is Glenn Greenwald's Journalism Now a 'Terrorist' Occupation?
      By Simon Jenkins, Guardian UK
      19 August 13

      The detention at Heathrow on Sunday of the Brazilian David Miranda is the
      sort of treatment western politicians love to deplore in Putin's Russia or
      Ahmadinejad's Iran. His "offence" under the 2000 Terrorism Act was
      apparently to be the partner of a journalist, Glenn Greenwald, who had
      reported for the Guardian on material released by the American
      whistleblower, Edward Snowden. We must assume the Americans asked the
      British government to nab him, shake him down and take his personal
      effects.

      Miranda's phone and laptop were confiscated and he was held incommunicado,
      without access to friends or lawyer, for the maximum nine hours allowed
      under law. It is the airport equivalent of smashing into someone's flat,
      rifling through their drawers and stealing papers and documents. It is
      simple harassment and intimidation.

      Greenwald himself is not known to have committed any offence, unless
      journalism is now a "terrorist" occupation in the eyes of British and
      American politicians. As for Miranda, his only offence seems to have been
      to be part of his family. Harassing the family of those who have upset
      authority is the most obscene form of state terrorism.

      Last month, the British foreign secretary, William Hague, airily excused
      the apparently illegal hoovering of internet traffic by British and
      American spies on the grounds that "the innocent have nothing to fear,"
      the motto of police states down the ages. Hague's apologists explained
      that he was a nice chap really, but that relations with America trumped
      every libertarian card.

      The hysteria of the "war on terror" is now corrupting every area of
      democratic government. It extends from the arbitrary selection of drone
      targets to the quasi-torture of suspects, the intrusion on personal data
      and the harassing of journalists' families. The disregard of statutory
      oversight - in Britain's case pathetically inadequate - is giving western
      governments many of the characteristics of the enemies they profess to
      oppose. How Putin must be rubbing his hands with glee.

      The innocent have nothing to fear? They do if they embarrass America and
      happen to visit British soil. The only land of the free today in this
      matter is Brazil.

      http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/424-national-security/18981-is-glenn-greenwalds-journalism-now-a-terrorist-occupation
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