When I was a boy, we moved a lot and I went to a lot of different schools. In fact I graduated from the twelfth public school I ever attended, and so I consider myself fairly well versed in the school practices of the period. One thing they all had in common was that there was a man with the title of “Vice Principal,” and his job was to be the School Asshole. He was in charge of discipline: He was usually large, supposed to be intimidating, but since he was forbidden to actually harm us and we knew it he usually only succeeded in getting even the most milquetoasty of students to behave like Bart Simpson in his presence.
If you’ve even read this far, you’re wondering what got me thinking about vice principals. Well, it’s this.
Pressure is building on British authorities to explain the use of anti-terrorism legislation to detain the partner of an American journalist who published information about U.S. surveillance leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Glenn Greenwald, as even desert hermits know, has been publishing quite a lot of material that could be described as somewhat critical of the American NSA. And if you’re asking yourself what this has to do with British mall cops at Heathrow Airport, you’re in good company. But they took it upon themselves to detain Greenwald’s gay partner, on his way back to Brazil from Berlin, for eight hours and fifty-five minutes of the nine hours permitted them under the terms of some terrorism law. And then they confiscated all his electronic stuff and put him on a plane home. What this was supposed to accomplish, no one currently knows. What it did accomplish was to get Greenwald, who had not previously been picking on the British government very hard, to declare war on Britain.
“I am going to publish things on England too,” Greenwald said, according to a translation provided by the Guardian. “I have many documents on England’s spy system.”
As Greenwald himself points out in his own opening salvo,
Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
I guess he just doesn’t respect their authoritah.
H/T to Claire, who has quite a lot more on this.