.@ukhomeoffice: Theresa May, review the use of Schedule 7 of Terrorism Act
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.@ukhomeoffice: Theresa May, review the use of Schedule 7 of Terrorism Act

    1. Adeel Akhtar
    2. Petition by

      Adeel Akhtar

      London, United Kingdom

On Sunday 18th August David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who has written stories about revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US Government, was held at Heathrow Airport under the UK Terrorism Act. He was released without charge after nine hours.

Being detained by authorities can be terrifying for an innocent person. Unfortunately I know how David feels. Ten years ago, I was returning to New York from London where I was studying when I was detained for several hours on 'suspicion of terrorism' - their reason? I looked 'familiar'. It was a traumatic experience which left me feeling powerless and let down, fearful that when travelling I'll be singled out and have to go through the same thing again.

Glenn Greenwald told the BBC: “They never asked him about a single question at all about terrorism or anything relating to a terrorist organisation. They spent the entire day asking about the reporting I was doing and other Guardian journalists were doing on the NSA stories.”

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows the police to detain anyone at the UK’s borders without any requirement to show probable cause and hold them for up to nine hours, without seeking further justification.

Schedule 7 has a become a blunt legal instrument that the UK government can use to intimidate people who it doesn’t agree with. I think it’s time for the Government to review how it uses Schedule 7. Please join me.

To:
Theresa May, Home Office
Review the use of Schedule 7 of Terrorism Act

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Zahid Mohammed HUDDERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      This is an out and out abuse of power. It is clear that politicians have been exceeding their powers to represent the electorate. 1984 and other things come to mind.

      Perhaps politicians should be banned from reading fiction and also watching modern embedded news outlets since it skews their thinking to that completely. disassociated from reality

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    • levi hall LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      life is for living

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    • Ryan Zeb BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      unbelivable.

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    • Seed Banksy HERNE BAY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Schedule 7 has a become a blunt legal instrument that the UK government can and DOES use to intimidate people who it doesn’t agree with.

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    • Sabina Connell - Moore LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      The real Terrorists are in Government

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