Thursday, July 16, 2015

Snowden Filmmaker Sues U.S. Over Harassment

Filmmaker Laura Poitras, who won an Academy Award for her documentary, Citizenfour, which
chronicled Edward Snowden's release of information about government spying on citizens, has sued the United States to find out why she has been detained at airports more than 50 times.

Poitras filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out what the government had on her, to see her file and to learn their reason for detaining a working journalist who had broken no laws.   The government agencies, however, refused to hand over what they had. 

On Monday, Poitras sued those agencies.  The 51-year-old Boston native said she was filing the FOIA suit against the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in support of “the countless other less high-profile people who have also been subjected to years of Kafkaesque harassment at the borders.”

Poitras said officials have confiscated her laptop, phone, cameras and notes and copied their contents.

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