Posted by Big Gav in surveillance
Stuart at Early Warning points to a NYT article about Glenn Greenwald's partner being detained by the British on a flight from Germany to Brazil (where Greenwald lives nowadays) - apparently people are very grumpy about the Edward Snowden story making the press (though they also seized all electronic devices in his possession so perhaps they were more interested in the information Greenwald has yet to report on) - Britain Detains the Partner Reporter Of Snowden Leaks. When I was growing up in the 1970's the West used to tell itself that it was good because it didn't do the totalitarian nonsense the Nazis had done in the past and the Eastern Bloc was doing at that time. How times have changed.
This detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner under British anti-terrorism laws, while flying from Germany to Brazil, is absolutely and completely outrageous. This is clearly harassment of journalists for publishing stories that authorities don't like, and strikes at the heart of freedom of speech. If you weren't already convinced that the intelligence/anti-terrorism apparatus in Western countries is out of control, I imagine this will push you a bit further in that direction.