The main points here are:
- He was held in a police cell for two days, his home was searched, his computer was confiscated for analysis, his fingerprints and DNA were taken.
- There was no evidence he was photographing a sewer cover.
- He was freed without charge.
- Photographing a sewer cover is not against the law.
- His fingerprints and DNA remain stored, despite this being against the law.
- By wasting resources like this, there are less resources available for genuine anti-terrorism operations.
- By bringing the law into disrepute like this, the police are reducing levels of public support for legitimate anti-terrorism measures in the future.
- By compromising the openness of our society like this, the police are letting the terrorists control the agenda.