Detention of leftie journo’s sister shows police are letting themselves be political tools AGAIN

Political activist: Eleanor Jones.

This is disgraceful.

As the story shows, Eleanor Jones is a political activist – but there’s nothing wrong with that.

She is also the sister of leftie journalist Owen Jones, and that makes this story even more sinister – in the opinion of This Writer.

Are the police using anti-terror legislation to gather information on the political enemies of the current (Tory) government?

That would be a misuse of their powers. But when police can arrest people who are not under suspicion, and don’t have to divulge the information they possess about those people, how can anything be proven?

Clearly the law is inadequate and the public need proper protection.

A political activist has accused Police Scotland of “disgraceful” treatment after officers used controversial anti-terror powers to detain and question her for hours at Edinburgh Airport.

Eleanor Jones, who had been in Edinburgh to attend her grandfather’s funeral, said she felt “violated” after handing over her mobile phone and laptop passwords to the officers.

She was also quizzed about the political beliefs of family members, including her twin brother Owen, who is a high-profile columnist for the Guardian.

Her treatment has fuelled calls for a rethink of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – the legislation used by the single force – which gives police sweeping powers in an airport.

The force was able to detain Jones in this way due to the Terrorism Act 2000.

The legislation’s notorious Schedule 7 gives police huge powers to stop, search and hold individuals at ports, airports and international rail stations.

It can be invoked without an individual being suspected of involvement in criminal activity and there is no right to remain silent.

Officers can detain a person for hours and retain their belongings for up to seven days. It is an offence to wilfully fail to comply with a request made by an officer under this legislation.

Jones said Police Scotland was responsible for a “misuse of the Act” in her case and said the legislation was used as a “power tool”. She added: “Being an activist is not the same thing as terrorism.”

She added that the force will not tell her what, if any, information Police Scotland retains on her.

Source: Revealed: how Police Scotland treated a political activist like a terrorist | HeraldScotland

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  1. Guanacaste Kid (@GuanacasteKid16) October 15, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Very sinister behaviour. Shocking misuse of power. A peep into the world the #Maybot had hoped to create when she called the election. Had she won the majority she craved we’d all be well in truly in the shit now.

  2. Rusty October 16, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    The police are and have always been a political tool! From drug legislation to braking up lawful strikes and the fracking activities in North Yorkshire! This is nothing new here! This is the reason the public do not trust the police anymore!

  3. Roy Beiley October 16, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Welcome to the Stasi style police force.

  4. marcusdemowbray October 16, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Very scary.

  5. Barry Davies October 16, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Have the Police actually released the reason why they questioned her, because the only stories come form only one side.

  6. NMac October 16, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I sincerely hope this young woman complains vigorously about this abuse of authority.

  7. Toni October 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    As a Scot,living in Scotland, the fact that Police Scotland are the force involved is very concerning.

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