With the recent democratic free speech laws up in the air in Great Britain, politicians and security agents are now working together to defame journalism.
The case of David Miranda, partner of the journalist Glenn Greenwald, who revealed the Edward Snowden leaks in The Guardian newspaper, was detained under section 7 of the terrorism act as he was boarding a flight to his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
British government and the Home Office were said to have given the green light to arrest Mr. Miranda knowing full well he was not a terrorist. His crime? He had hold of some Snowden documents.
Great Britain, which is now using the only American excuse of “national security” to apprehend someone gave a “heads up” to NSA while David Cameron, who claimed we live in a Democracy, and Home Secretary Theresa May had no involvement they claim, but later revealed they were informed. Cameron, on his third holiday in recent months in Cornwall, gave the order, allegedly. Two GCHQ officials watched as media files where destroyed by the Guardian under an order from government and police.
Cameron was said to be –
- David Cameron ‘kept abreast’ of detention of David Miranda, sources say
- Theresa May briefed because police feared he carried ‘stolen information’
- Brazilian was taken into custody by officials as he passed through Heathrow
- U.S. President Barack Obama was also given ‘heads-up’ before he was taken
- Scotland Yard said detention was ‘legally and procedurally sound’
- The 28-year-old was held while on way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin
- Mr Miranda is to launch a civil action over his detention
- London agents took his drives, a computer – and even a video game
- Guardian editor claims British agents entered newspaper’s London office
So what does this do for the sector of Journalism?
The statement from arresting officials of Miranda, a freelance journalist, claimed he was doing journalistic work but not a journalist in order to defame him to send a message of fear to all journalists in line with the government.
Miranda was held for 9 hours under the Terrorism Act. Lord Falconer, former British lord chancellor who helped bring in the Terrorism Act 2000 has added “this was not what the law was intended for.”
Every newspaper has a political agenda. All newspapers in Great Britain, except for the Guardian (Liberal) and the Daily Mirror (Labour) support the Conservative Party and carefully framework propaganda in their favour to win general elections.
David Cameron, Conservative, cannot control those two papers and therefore used regulation or law to clamp down and pressurise the reporting. Now, Cameron, who is trying to mimic Barack Obama, who is the most popular person in the world, hopes crawling to American agencies will help strengthen their bond.
Britain is said to spy on American citizens and America spies on Britain and both feed the information back to one another as they cannot spy on each other.
NSA is also said to be working with data collection from Google and Apple.
By using spying methods and fear to collect information has a damning effect on the business of journalism and classing someone as not a journalist because they are not at a working title is shameful. Defaming journo’s based on political ideology and agenda’s to win elections is just as corrupt as Robert Mugabe, the recent Egyptian uprising and the claims of Vladimir Putin fixing elections.
Without journalists to report on the real issues and secrets to allow politicians to craft laws to slam them down and hide their corruption is nowhere near a democracy and ever closer to a Fascist state. After the Snowden files were destroy by police, The Guardian newspaper was dictated not to report anymore stories that could “endanger lives under national security.” This should also tell us something sinister. Just how damning and intrusive was the spying carried out by NSA on worldwide nations.
Currently, in a totalitarian state, filled with surveillance and political scandal, journalists are needed more than ever. The defaming of someone not at a working title is disgusting seeing as the politicians and industry make it very difficult to hire someone in the field because they need personal lapdogs to win elections with favourable stories and abuse of the opposition, which also cripples the notion of journalism.
Politicians should be working in unison with journalists allowing them to report stories as is their job and will move the economy forward. Instead the image presented is a personal hitman in disguise, especially after police corruption was exposed, including stealing identities of dead children.
The Gestapo, Hitler’s personal army invaded ordinary citizens homes and premises in secret, at night to abuse, remove and contain secrets nearing the Second World War.
According to historian Rupert Butler, “From its creation in 1933 until its death in May 1945, anyone living in Nazi controlled territory lived in fear of a visit from the Gestapo…” (Source: WIkipedia)
Britain continues to remain broken and never independent.