Leah McGrath Goodman

It happened to me, too

Much has been written in the recent past about U.K. Border Agency officials detaining the partner of an outspoken journalist — but this is not the first time such a detention has taken place

Before David Miranda was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport, there was me.

The news of Miranda's detainment on Aug. 18 came while I was cooking dinner in my kitchen, when my mobile phone and email blew up simultaneously. A longtime Wall Street source sent me a link to a New York Times story about Miranda's travails, along with the following message:

“Reminded me of your experience. Seems these Brits are thugs dressed in borrowed garbs, speaking borrowed words.”

Reading Miranda's account of his treatment - no explanation, no access to his own lawyer, no contact with the outside world, not even his family or his partner, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald - I remembered the day I was detained, stripped of everything I owned, including all proof of my identity, and locked up in the basement of Heathrow while researching child abuse by VIPs in the British Isles.

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