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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "civil liberties" ...
In July 2011, WIRED.com ran a story about anti-Islam instructional material at the FBI from 2009 and earlier based on results of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The FBI told WIRED.com that the material had been removed from the FBI curricula. That statement prompted sources within the FBI with first-hand experience of ongoing anti-Islam teaching material to come forward to WIRED.com.
"This story is a comprehensive survey of how post-September 11th security measures have impacted life in all its facets across New York City, from the workplace to the library to the airport to the courtroom to Muslim neighborhoods to political protests."
Brutality complaints were on the rise at three area law enforcement departments; they had increased by 25 percent in the last five years. Complaints about other officer misconduct, such as rudeness or harassment, also were on the rise. Few citizen complaints were validated by the departments, which investigated the complaints themselves. The majority of complaints were deemed unsubstantiated and in many cases they were classified as false, which subjected the complainant to possible criminal prosecution.
In San Francisco, a "secret Internet switching room packed with surveillance gear and wired to AT&T's backbone network" was interconnected to other major Internet providers. The documents detailing this setup had been sealed due to a class-action lawsuit against AT&T, in which a civil liberties group "charged that the company had helped the government eavesdrop on Americans' domestic and international Internet traffic without a warrant."
Fort Worth Weekly partnered with University of North Texas students who made open records requests of all Texas law enforcement agencies to obtain data on deaths and injuries in Texas resulting form law enforcement agency individual's Taser use.
Tags: Distributed Reporting Project; FOI; Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas; University of North Texas; UNT; Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism; Tasers; law enforcement; Texas Public Information Act; police; sheriffs; Taser International; American Civil Liberties Union; Live Music Capitol of the World; Austin; use-of-force policy; bean hole; stun gun; product safety; wrongful death; Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas; Those Disgruntled Motherfuckers That Have Been Tased; TDMTHBT; Light of Day Project; IRE Student Entry
A sister and brother reporting team examine the history of deception and use of propaganda by the U.S. Government and "major corporate media outlets". "We also investigate violations of civil liberties, and international law, and interview people intimately involved in or affected by torture, the Iraq War, and the crackdown on political dissent. We conclude by interviewing creative resisters, both in the media, the military, the government and civil society."
Tags: www.democracynow.org; Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; FAIR; Abu Ghraib; torture; CIA; President Geaorge W. Bush; New York Times; Washington Post; FEMA; dissent; propaganda; Eduardo Galeano; Cindy Crawford; Coleen Rowley; Arundhati Roy; Amira Hass; Mukhtar Mai; Robert Fisk; Allister Sparks; Alice Walker; Stephen Colbert; truthiness; Tony Lagouranis
May I See Some Identification? The Real ID Act will change current New Mexico driver's license laws and could pose a serious threat to civil liberties
The author investigates the impact that the Real ID Act, which mandates a federal ID card system, could have on New Mexico. The author explores the ways that the new law could affect immigration, civil liberties, and states rights. The author focuses specifically on how the law will affect New Mexico's illegal immigrants, because the bill nullifies a current state law that allows illegal immigrants to legally receive a New Mexico driver's license.
Minority motorists searched more often; controversy dates to early 1990's; State examines how drivers of different races are treated
The Star reviews more than a quarter million traffic stops in order to evaluate racial disparities in treatment of drivers. The investigation reveals that Hispanics and blacks are searched more often than whites by officers from the Department of Public Safety. Ironically though, they found something to seize more often from the whites than from black or Hispanic drivers.
A comprehensive look at how the war against terrorism has led to unprecedented curbs on the civil liberties of Americans and immigrants. The Patriot Act and its results are intensely scrutinized.
"Operation Enduring Liberty"; "The Cops Are Watching You"; "The Big Chill"; "Vigilante Justice"; "Homeland Security X 50"; "Foreign? Suspicious!"; "D.C.'s Virtual Panopticon"
Series of articles in an issue of The Nation following various aspects of the "war on terror." Dreyfuss details the makeup of Maryland's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police ties with the FBI field office. Cooper talks to Arabs in California who are seeing their organizations' numbers decline. Bach discusses citizens' groups that are encouraged to act as watchdogs on their neighbors, giving the example of a high school student with an expired visa who was turned in to authorities by his guidance counselor. Pell examines state laws and proposed laws creating new definitions of and punishments for "terrorism." Evans raises the issue of drivers' licenses and documentation of aliens. Parenti follows the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in Washington, D.C., and other cities. Several articles touch on the classification of protest groups in America as "terrorists."
Tags: homeland security; terrorism; police; immigrant; immigration; Ashcroft; civil liberties; Patriot Act; detainees; FBI; ACLU; Arab; Muslim; DOJ; INS; Justice Department; bioterrorism; bioterror; CCTV; surveillance