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  • Message Wars

    In the 12 years since 9/11, al Qaeda continues to inspire numerous acts of terror with a sophisticated information campaign. Messages are spread online using sites like YouTube and other jihad forums. So far, law enforcement in the United States has been unable to find a way to respond, but that is not the case in the United Kingdom. Before 9/11, radicalization was up close and personal. A recruit was identified and groomed, taken to a camp and trained. Today, much of radicalization is global, done through sophisticated propaganda videos in the darkest corners of the Internet. The heart of this piece was investigative journalism, speaking with a former radicalized jihadist and on patrol with the officers at the front line of Britain’s outreach program.

    Tags: 9/11, al-Qaeda; radicalization; jihadist

    By John Miller

    CBS News

    2013

  • Cop Cams

    This piece gave our audience a first-hand look at some of the challenges a police officer may encounter while on patrol. Using miniature cameras worn by officers, we explored what happens when interactions between law enforcement and civilians escalate. When complaints arise about the conduct of officers involved in these situations, it is often hard to determine who did what to whom. To avoid relying on ‘he said/she said’ information, some police departments are now requiring their employees wear cameras on patrol.

    Tags: Cameras; law enforcement

    By John Miller

    CBS News

    2013

  • Motorcycle Madness

    When a video surfaced depicting a group of motorcyclists following and eventually assaulting the driver of a passing SUV, all eyes turned to Senior Correspondent John Miller, a former Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD, for information and analysis. Only on CBS This Morning, Kevin Bresloff, the man who shot the original helmet camera video of the incident, broke his silence. John Miller’s report included an interview with Bresloff’s lawyer, who provided us with his original helmet camera video and an explanation of what happened that day. Mr. Miller was one of few able to collect information about the motorcycle ride and assault in the aftermath of the video, when the NYPD said very little about the incident to the public. In addition to reporting immediate and accurate information, Mr. Miller was later able to get the first on-camera conversation with an involved officer who had been undercover and taken a week to come forward following the assault.

    Tags: Motorcycle; assault

    By John Miller

    CBS News

    2013

  • Inside the NSA

    When the National Security Agency’s most secretive programs were first leaked in June by the former contractor Edward Snowden, the Agency was the target of countless reports and at the center of an unprecedented international response. No other U.S. agency had experienced any-thing nearing this level of criticism in recent times. As we constructed it, the N.S.A. was a story about a debate, not a villain, and we added to that debate with important information. We wanted to provide clarity on the technical capabilities of the NSA and to do that we knew we needed to get inside the Agency to see how it operates.

    Tags: Snowden; NSA

    By Jeff Fager

    60 Minutes

    2013

  • Cleveland Captives Rescued

    CBS had exclusive information breaking news in this high profile case including the captor’s suicide note and its contents, that one of the women was forced to deliver the other woman’s baby impregnated by the captor, and resuscitated the baby when it was born not breathing, and how the women were chained and beaten repeatedly and what they said to police at time of rescue and other details about their ordeal. Our exclusive CBS reports were quoted extensively by other national media organizations.

    Tags: Suicide; rape; sexual abuse

    By Scott Pelley

    CBS News

    2013

  • Indian Drug Company Investigation

    The first part of our story profiled a whistleblower who exposed massive fraud at Ranbaxy, a multi-billion dollar Indian generic drug company that sold adulterated drugs to millions of Americans for years. The company sold these drugs to millions of Americans while lieing to the FDA claiming the drugs worked and could fight such life threatening illnesses like cancer, AIDS, diabetes and infections. The second part of our story revealed that despite the company’s claims, the company has ongoing serious manufacturing problems. In fact, just two weeks after CBS left a Ranbaxy plant in India, the FDA banned all finished drugs coming into the US from Ranbaxy. However, our story also revealed that while the FDA banned all finished drugs, the company is still continues to make the key ingredients for drugs sold to Americans today– including such popular drugs as Astra Zeneca’s Nexium. At the center of our story was the whistleblower, Dinesh Thakur, who had never done a television interview. The risks that Thakur took in exposing his company led to a massive federal false claims lawsuit that aided the federal criminal investigation and rewarded Thakur with $49 million. According to one federal agent who worked on the case for seven years, without Thakur “there would have been no investigation and no criminal conviction.” We were alarmed to find in our reporting that so many of the key players in the federal investigation had made personal decisions based on what they learned to never take a Ranbaxy drug. Three Justice Department attorneys, six former Ranbaxy employees, one former FDA criminal investigator and two Congressional investigators (Democrat and a Republican) all told CBS News that they would never take a Ranbaxy drug, nor would they allow a family member to do so. Each shared with us personal anecdotes of finding Ranbaxy drugs in family members’ medicine cabinets or receiving a prescription at a drug store only to tell the pharmacist that they must have a different brand. For this reason we felt strongly that it was important to notify our audience of the risks with this company. We also informed our audience that foreign drug makers are not subject to the same strong oversight that drug makers in the US face every day. For example, drug makers in the US face unannounced inspections. Despite efforts to beef up foreign FDA inspections, foreign companies are still notified in advance of upcoming inspections. In the US there is one FDA inspector for every 9 phamaceutical facilities. In India there is one FDA inspector for every 105 facilities. CBS News also tracked down half a dozen other former Ranbaxy employees who told CBS what they witnessed at the company both in the United States and in India. Two top employees went on camera to share their experiences.

    Tags: None

    By Patricia Shevlin

    CBS News

    2013

  • Reveal - The VA's Opiate Overload

    Many veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are addicted to prescription painkillers. The Center for Investigative Reporting and Aaron Glantz investigated the extent of the problem and substantiated the government’s role in feeding veterans’ addictions to dangerous narcotic painkillers. In the summer of 2013, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain, 12 years of prescription data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The CIR analysis exposed a startling 270 percent increase in the number of opiate prescriptions in Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals, a phenomenon that had contributed to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that was nearly double the national average. On Sept..28th, CIR reporter, Aaron Glantz’s investigation, The VA’s Opiate Overload, premiered on Reveal, a new radio program showcasing investigative reporting. The riveting documentary detailed how the Department of Veterans Affairs became the drug dealer of choice for many veterans caught in the trap of prescription painkillers.

    Tags: None

    By Aaron Glantz

    Center for Investigative Reporting

    2013

  • Letter Confirms St. John's Abbey Knew About Clergy Two Years Before Releasing Names to Public

    St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., released a list of 18 monks who sexually abused children on December 9, 2013. The St. John’s Abbey said the list was unveiled to achieve transparency. Through a letter obtained by UTVS News, we revealed that the St. John's Abbey knew about credible allegations of sexual abuse by Father Dominic Keller in July 2011, more than two years before Keller's name was made public by the St. John's Abbey on Dec. 9, 2013. Moreover, we found only 3 of the 18 names were new to the public. This story, done on a 48-hour deadline by UTVS News Reporter Nick Minock at St. Cloud State University, gives a voice to victims and informs viewers that at least two monks, who are credibly accused of sexually abusing minors at St. John's Abbey, still work in Minnesota parishes.

    Tags: St. John's Abbey; Dominic Keller;

    By Nick Minock

    USTVS

    2013

  • Pain Pillar Investigated by DEA

    Our attraction to the story of deaths at a clinic run by Dr. Lynn Webster was simple irony. We marveled at how a clinic run by someone who is considered -- at least among pain physicians -- the leading voice about safely prescribing opioids -- could have had so many deaths. Webster is the president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the author of the "Opioid Risk Tool," a checklist that is said to enable doctors to distinguish painkiller addicts from legitimate pain patients. Our initial off-the-record conversations indicated that the Drug Enforcement Agency was investigating a number hovering around 100 deaths. Webster acknowledged, and later denied, up to 20 deaths at the clinic over two decades. Of course, an investigation like this is fraught with complexity. There is the issue of monies that Webster receives from the pharmaceutical industry, and how that might influence his philosophy about prescribing, and the practices at his clinic. We also considered the detail that Webster often was not the person prescribing the medications to patients who eventually died. And there is the complicated nature of opioid prescribing. Despite an 11-year increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in accidental overdose deaths for this class of medications, there remains a hot debate about their utility for patients in chronic pain. We aimed to touch on at least some of these issues in our television piece; and dig a little deeper in a longer piece for CNN digital. Our focus on both platforms was on a case in which Webster was allegedly very involved -- that of Carol Ann Bosley. We also focused our efforts on unearthing more information about deaths at the clinic. The strength of our investigation lay with uncovering information that had previously been unreported -- in particular, allegations of improper involvement by Dr. Webster in the Utah medical examiner's determination about Bosley's cause of death. During a conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Bosley's husband also revealed a previously unreported item about Dr. Webster allegedly luring his wife back to treatment on opioids after she had kicked her habit. CNN also spoke on-camera with Bruce Webb, who lost a loved one after care at Lifetree, along with several others off-camera. Some sources of information about practices at Lifetree were gathered from people filing lawsuits against the clinic. We also mined information from people who had posted comments online about Lifetree Clinic (in one case we tracked down, after several weeks, a person who lost her mother after treatment there, who called the clinic "Deathtree.") CNN was able to use accounts from online posters to bolster the claims of our investigation. Repeated requests by CNN to the Utah Department of Professional Licensing for information about medical malpractice alleged against either Lifetree Clinic or Dr. Webster were denied. We received a handful of cases from that agency, with heavy redaction, none of which contained serious allegations. We pressed for weeks and, after many phone calls, through a source we were able to unearth a claim. It involved a woman who died of an overdose after receiving care at Lifetree, whose prescriptions soared while she was a patient. Of course with all of this information indicating alleged wrongdoing at Lifetree, under Dr. Webster's watch, we wanted his perspective. Through a spokesperson, Dr. Webster strenuously objected -- repeatedly -- to appearing on-camera to address allegations against him. Even when the request was framed in terms of clarifying his approach to opioid prescribing more generally, leaving out any patient claims, the doctor declined. Since our investigation, both on television and online, we spurred a renewed discussion on social media about painkiller use and abuse, and the role of doctors. Off-the-record, we hear that our reporting has spurred some movement in the DEA's continuing investigation of Dr. Webster.

    Tags: Lynn Webster; Drug Enforcement Agency; Opiod

    By Jennifer Bixler

    CNN

    2013

  • Who’s the Grossest Grocer in New York?

    In our “Grossest Grocer” series, Patch journalists uncovered dozens of grocery stores that could sicken the communities we serve, and made a vast database of state records available to the wider public for the first time. To find New York supermarkets with a history of food safety problems and tell their stories, we exclusively obtained a state database of inspection records through a Freedom of Information Law request and protracted negotiation with the state. Our editors spent months analyzing millions of violations observed by state inspectors, conferring with experts, and verifying our finds with on-the-ground reporting. We published more than 70 articles in this series, and an interactive map with detailed data on all of New York’s retail food stores -- more than 33,000 businesses, from corner bodegas to major grocery chains.

    Tags: groceries; stores; supermarkets; grocery stores; food safety

    By Martin Burch; Henry Powderly; John Ness; Matthew Hogan; Kevin Zawacki

    Patch.com

    2013