According to a document published by the UK government about Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, “fewer than 3 people in every 10,000 are examined as they pass through UK borders” (David was not entering the UK but only transiting through to Rio). Moreover, “most examinations, over 97%, last under an hour.” An appendix to that document states that only .06% of all people detained are kept for more than 6 hours.
The stated purpose of this law, as the name suggests, is to question people about terrorism. The detention power, claims the UK government, is used “to determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.”
But they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying. They completely abused their own terrorism law for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism: a potent reminder of how often governments lie when they claim that they need powers to stop “the terrorists”, and how dangerous it is to vest unchecked power with political officials in its name.
Worse, they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day – as every hour passed – worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ.
The US and UK both are controlled by foreign powers who wish to use the political and military muscle to control world populations. The NSA is a foreign occupation force like the Egyptian army is to Egypt, that is, it exists to control us not protect us. The whistle blower, Snowden, revealed all the noxious spying that is utterly and totally and completely unconstitutional.
This has infuriated the foreign rulers. They pay billions to keep our government captive. They resent us prying into their network of detention, spying, controlling, media propaganda and other tools used to keep us enslaved.
Even as Obama is a puppet, the latest puppet in the White House and ALL have been puppets since Jimmy Carter, Reagan was owned by European royals and the Japanese warlords, Bush Sr by the Gulf Muslim rulers and the communist Chinese, and so on. Obama made the mistake of admitting Snowden was correct to reveal illicit and illegal spying on everyone. Congress admitted this, too, that they had near zero oversight.
Thanks to Greenwald and Snowden, we know that the courts have near zero power over the spies. No one controls them except foreign rulers like Netanyahu and the Saudi royals, they have direct control via various bribery tools which Congress thoughtfully left out in full view to be used with impunity.
Years ago when the Chinese sent young party members to live with me and learn about the American Way, they were delighted to learn from me that Reagan was owned by foreign powers and the fake ‘make a speech’ gambit was just then legalized in 1987 so Reagan could collect bribes and they said, ‘Great news! We, too, will buy Presidents and own them!’
And they did! Imagine that!
Back to England detaining the love of Greenwald’s life: this is like the ambushing of the Presidential jet of a South American ruler, a shot across the prow. Only nuclear armed China and nuclear armed Russia can defy the US. All others will either cooperate or like Assad and Morsi, like Gaddafi and Saddam, will be summarily attacked and killed or imprisoned. South Americans, being ruled this way for the last 200 years, know very well how this game is run and now are quite wary about the US and know the tricks of the business.
Obama was ordered to terminate all leakers and to prevent us from knowing the true extent of this foreign rule. Our media never, ever does any investigative stories about foreign bribes anymore. I recall when a fake Sheik was used to reveal Congressional corruption but that was done during a time when Jews supporting Israel were openly bribing all and sundry and not one mainstream story ever said a peep.
The WP and NYT are up to their eyeballs in supporting, hiding and enabling this bribery to continue! They PARTICIPATE in this, ADD MONEY TO IT, and above all, at Bilderberg meetings, plot to continue this bribery and to protect the criminals destroying our security and imposing trillions in public debt on us to run this bejiggered mess they created and refuse to pay for via taxes.
And that is the real story, how we are fucked over by our fellow citizens who love foreign countries more than this country and don’t give a damn how deep in debt we go or how vicious a military/spy state this becomes to control our home population for their pleasure.
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