It turns out that it is not just journalists like David Miranda and Laura Poitras who are detained and questioned at length when they arrive at airports in the US and the UK. Now comes a report that even reporters from establishment media like the New York Times have suffered the same fate.
But when those reporters filed FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests asking for the documents that led to them being singled out by the authorities, the government claimed that it did not have any.
On Wednesday the reporters filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Manhattan demanding that the Department of Homeland Security do a comprehensive search for the records and hand them over to them.
It is wrong for the government to harass journalists just for doing their jobs but when it happens to people like Poitras and Miranda, there is not enough of an outcry even from the establishment media. But when one of their own gets harassed, then it becomes an issue that is harder to ignore.