Laura Poitras on the NSA's Most Disturbing Practice

The director of 'CITIZENFOUR' discusses why government surveillance makes us less safe.
Dec 8, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Laura Poitras is no stranger to dangerous filmmaking, but her documentary on Edward Snowden, CITIZENFOUR, was the scariest film she ever made. The NSA whistle-blower put his life on the line to come forward with proof that the NSA was collecting metadata of every domestic call record.

Poitras explains that the most disturbing NSA practice is the bulk collection of data from people who are not suspected of any crime. By collecting so much data, the organization is saturated with information and unable to accurately track real threats.

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