Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Collect It All: America's Surveillance State

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Collect It All: America's Surveillance State

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The New America Foundation in Washington, DC held a special screening of the Al Jazeera Fault Lines documentary, "Collect it All: America's Surveillance State," on Nov. 14, followed by a conversation with writer/producer Laila Al-Arian. The film aired Nov. 1 on Al Jazeera America.

Al-Arian said she was in Bangladesh working on another story when revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's collection of telephone metadata were leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden. Al-Arian was determined to make a documentary to examine how government surveillance programs impact communities in America by talking to people at the center of the story, including Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist/political commentator who first published articles using Snowden's documents. Her program also featured members of the Arab- and Muslim-American communities caught up in New York City's sweeping surveillance programs, created after the attacks on 9/11.

"Collect it All" took an abstract story and gave it a human element, showing the psychological impact on people whose conversations are being recorded, Al-Arian said. …

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