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View Diary: U.S. Filmmaker Laura Poitras Repeatedly Detained at Border: She Has Filmed Three of My NSA Clients (128 comments)

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  •  Can she mail her stuff home before she leaves? (3+ / 0-)

    Perhaps too simple minded, but there's got to be a way around these thugs.

    This is the type of thing that disappoints me about Obama.

    love the fetus, hate the child

    by Raggedy Ann on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:46:46 AM PDT

    •  Poitras has already taken steps to get around (6+ / 0-)

      the "thugs" at the border. But, it goes deeper than that. She must also defend against search and seizure in her own home.

      U.S. filmmaker repeatedly detained at border
      Poitras is now forced to take extreme steps — ones that hamper her ability to do her work — to ensure that she can engage in her journalism and produce her films without the U.S. Government intruding into everything she is doing. She now avoids traveling with any electronic devices. She uses alternative methods to deliver the most sensitive parts of her work — raw film and interview notes — to secure locations. She spends substantial time and resources protecting her computers with encryption and password defenses. Especially when she is in the U.S., she avoids talking on the phone about her work, particularly to sources. And she simply will not edit her films at her home out of fear — obviously well-grounded — that government agents will attempt to search and seize the raw footage.
      The US is now a full blown "big brother is watching" police state.

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