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August 20th, 2013
10:32 PM ET

Greenwald, the Miranda detention, and journalistic immunity

Were authorities justified in using terrorism laws to detain reporter Glenn Greenwald's spouse David Miranda? He spent nearly nine hours being questioned at Heathrow Airport, and says he was told he had to answer or go to jail. He also says none of those questions were about terrorism. Were authorities justified in doing that? Anderson asked CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and the Government Accountability Project's Jesselyn Radack.

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  1. Mitchell

    Thank you Anderson Cooper for finally devoting a decent amount of time to this subject!!

    I am an avid CNN viewer and have really felt the network has not devoted enough resources to covering the NSA surveillance revelations. I really appreciated your segment tonight with one exception: The more and more I hear Jeffery Toobin these last couple of months, the more and more I think this guy is extremely misguided.

    How can it be absurd for British authorities to go into the Guardian's basement and destroy the hard-drives related to these leaks yet NOT be absurd (i.e. within their rights) to detain Greenwald's partner at the airport with Guardian News property (i.e. computer,thumb-drives)? This guy may not work for the guardian but they paid his expenses and he was performing physical work for them. What if it was Greenwald himself going through the airport? Does Toobin think they would have refrained from detaining him as an employee of the Guardian?

    I am not one to put words into someone's mouth but I bet he would defend the British of that act as well. To equate him to a drug mule is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. There is absolutely no relevance to that comparison and it is at the very least an "extreme" comparison.

    August 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm |

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