After completing filming on My Country, My Country, her 2006 documentary on Iraqi life under U.S. occupation, Laura Poitras claims she was assigned the highest possible threat rating by the Department of Homeland Security. This designation led to a pattern of what she calls “Kafkaesque harassment” by U.S. border agents who interrogated, searched, or detained her more than fifty times over the course of six years. Seeking answers, she filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests for documents on her monitoring between 2006-2012. The requests fell on deaf ears, so late last month, Poitras filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government demanding the documentation.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.