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Miranda Wrongs

(Follow on from The Tempest unleashed by Miranda)

May praised the police action as she and Downing Street acknowledged they were given advance notice of the detention. May told the BBC: “I was briefed in advance that there was a possibility of a port stop of the sort that took place. But we live in a country where those decisions as to whether or not to stop somebody or arrest somebody are not for me as home secretary. They are for the police to take. That’s absolutely right that they have their operational independence. Long may that continue.”
Guardian Website 21 August 2013: NSA files: UK and US at odds over destruction of Guardian hard drives

This would appear to mean that the Home Secretary if told that a law is about to be misused has absolutely no duty to do anything about it. So the police can use the “Terrorism trumps all” claim to effectively do what they like, and the Home Secretary can use the “It’s an Operational Matter” claim to do nothing about it. Read more…


Alice through the Looking Glass (part 1 of many)

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
Dodgson CL, 1872, Alice through the Looking Glass

The Home Office seems to share Humpty’s views:

Mr Miranda was held under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This allows police to hold someone at an airport for up to nine hours for questioning about whether they have been involved with acts of terrorism.
BBC News Website 19 August 2013: David Miranda detention: MP asks police for explanation

But of course it is the Terrorism Act, not the Anti-Terrorism act.  So minor acts of intimidation are OK.  Read more…

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