Apparently the Deputy PM thinks Anti-Terrorism Legislation is fairly used to retrieve/destroy classified data #Miranda

Interesting. Nick Clegg’s recent (friday evening) posting in the Guardian has been amended, saying:

This article was amended at 21.05 BST for legal reasons

Why would that be? Well a blogger notes:

Really, I don’t think I need say any more than point this out; and if the comment has been culled “for legal reasons”, all the more reason to highlight what was formerly said and presumably thought, I feel…

See also Reddit and just google the phrase to watch for a cascade of edits in other forums.

2 thoughts on “Apparently the Deputy PM thinks Anti-Terrorism Legislation is fairly used to retrieve/destroy classified data #Miranda

  1. Dave Walker

    My two penn’orth:

    Nothing released so far from the Snowden Files strikes me as either “being useful to terrorists” or “putting lives at risk” – these phrases having been used repeatedly by Theresa May when commenting on the Miranda detention. Therefore, either she’s put her foot in it, or my interest is piqued considerably about the nature of information which hasn’t been released yet.

    Also, it shouldn’t have been necessary to resport to anti-terrorism legislation to detain a journalist (or his partner) suspected of carrying material from the Snowden Files. Suspicion of handling stolen goods, or smuggling, should have been sufficient – and that’s even before you get to looking at a potential OSA angle.

    Of course, there’s the matter that anti-terrorism legislation allows detention without arrest, and therefore without the suspect having recourse to the process of law. If this loophole was fixed (such that it wasn’t there to tempt various Powers That Be), then Miranda could have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime more likely to fit the facts.

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