David Miranda is a Guardian journalist working with Glenn Greenwald on the NSA Files - a collection of leaked documents that revealed pervasive internet surveillance by US and UK authorities. On passing through Heathrow he was detained for nine hours and treated like a terrorist. Nobody, not even actual terrorists, had been treated this way before.
It was quickly admited that his detention took place under anti-terror legislation designed to help authorities determine if air pasengers were terrorists but the authorities seemed to know that David Miranda was not a terrorist before he was stopped. When the law is used in this way, it is no protection at all. A judicial review has been initiated by the Guardian to get to the truth of the matter and hearings will take place on an unknown date likely to be in October.
I would like to do something about this, in support of objective equally applied law and against arbitrary interpretation of the law by officials. I cannot do that alone and need help. I need to know:
- what support I can get from the community, and from beyond the meetup.
- what it is possible to say and do legally while the case is underway.
- what tactics will work.
- what materials are needed and how to pay for them.