Laura Poitras, the American filmmaker who won an Academy Award for her Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour and helped whistleblower Edward Snowden expose classified documents, is suing the U.S. government. Between 2006 and 2012 she alleges that she has been detained and questioned at airports more than 50 times, without ever receiving an explanation as to why. Her work on various topics of national security, and ties to people as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, have obviously made her a person of interest to the United States. While Poitras is not challenging the Constitutionality of her detentions (U.S. courts have effectively stripped Americans of Fourth Amendment protections at airports and international borders), she is suing for the release of documents related to her detentions, as her requests for the release of documents have so far been ignored or refused. “I’m filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law,” Poitras said on Monday. “This simply should not be tolerated in a democracy. I am also filing this suit in support of the countless other less high-profile people who have also been subjected to years of Kafkaesque harassment at the borders. We have a right to know how this system works and why we are targeted,” Poitras said.
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