A recent ‘Op-Doc’ in The New York Times by Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras charts a top-secret, U.S. based program that is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.
The piece is adapted from a work-in-progress, the third in Poitras’ trilogy of War on Terror films. It follows My Country, My Country a portrait of a devout Sunni physician caught in the US occupation of Iraq and The Oath the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals.
Poitras was herself the subject of news earlier this year when reports emerged that she had been detained at the border numerous times since the 2006 release of My Country, My Country. While the filmmaker had previously been reticent to describe her treatment by federal agents who regularly met her plane on arrival to the USA, in a extensive Salon article details are revealed.
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