Surveillance

UK Court Dismisses David Miranda Detention Challenge

By Matt Danzer
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:35 AM

This morning, the UK’s Royal Court of Justice dismissed David Miranda’s application for judicial review of his nearly nine-hour detention at London’s Heathrow Airport last August. The Metropolitan police detained and questioned Miranda, a Brazilian national and the partner of Glenn Greenwald, as he was returning to Brazil after meeting with Laura Poitras in Berlin. The police also seized Miranda’s electronic equipment, including encrypted storage devices believed to contain documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Miranda challenged the Metropolitan police’s legal authority to detain and question him under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The opinion is written by Lord Justice John Laws and joined by Justices Duncan Ouseley and Peter Openshaw. We will have a longer summary of the opinion out later today.