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  • Diplomatic Drivers

    Driving more than 100 mph. Hit and runs. Multiple DUIs. They were all considered classified state secrets until Tisha Thompson spent six years successfully fighting for diplomatic driving records never before released to the public. You can’t drive anywhere in Washington, DC without spotting the distinctive red and blue tags of foreign diplomats. In 2008, Thompson filed a FOIA with the US Department of State requesting driving records of any diplomat pulled over for violating our local traffic laws. Several years later, she was told her FOIA had become “one of the oldest, if not the oldest” in the agency’s system because it could be a potential diplomatic relations problem. Thompson used a combination of traditional and creative ways to get FOIA information not just from the federal government but also from a long list of local and state jurisdictions. And the results were stunning.

    Tags: diplomats; traffic; violations; us department of state

    By Tisha Thompson; Steve Jones; Rick Yarborough; Mike Goldrick

    WRC-TV NBC4 Washington


  • Injured Heroes, Broken Promises

    This six-month-long investigation uncovered complaints from hundreds of injured, active duty soldiers who say they were mistreated, harassed and verbally abused by commanders of the U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Units, or WTUs, which were created to improve care for injured soldiers after the 2007 Walter Reed scandal. Through interviews with wounded soldiers and hundreds of pages of Army records obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request, our reports showed how soldiers at three WTUs in Texas, particularly soldiers with mental wounds, were subjected to harsh treatment from unit leaders who were supposed to guide them through the healing process. Soldiers describe commanders using drill sergeant style threats, intimidation and demeaning language in an apparent attempt to motivate the injured.

    Tags: injured soldiers; abuse; harassment; military

    By Scott Friedman; Eva Parks; Peter Hull



  • A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

    The book describes the genetic basis of human race in the light of new information from the human genome project. It then asks whether genetics may help explain some long term features of human history. The book concludes that there is a biological basis to race (contrary to claims that race is just a social construct). It finds that races do not differ in their genes, or even in their alleles (the alternative forms of a gene) but only in the subtle quality of relative allele frequency. As to the second topic, the book explores the possibility that, although people as individuals are much the same the world over, races may differ slightly in their social behavior, and hence in social institutions based on that behavior, a difference that may explain salient features in history and in today’s world.

    Tags: biology; race; human genome project; genetics

    By Nicholas Wade

    Penguin Group (New York, N.Y.)


  • Campus Confidential Informants

    Student journalists in Professor Steve Fox's Investigative Journalism & The Web class uncovered that the University of Massachusetts Amherst police use confidential informants, potentially putting students' safety at risk. Officers were allowing students to avoid campus and criminal consequences for drug offenses in return for becoming police informers, allowing some students to conceal dangerous drug habits from their families. After months of investigation, student journalists Eric Bosco and Kayla Marchetti reported that a UMass student who agreed to become a confidential informant to avoid a drug arrest, died of a heroin overdose. Publication of the student's death lead prosecutors to reopen the investigation into the overdose death after the student's mother gave them the name of the student she believes provided him with the drug.

    Tags: University of Massachusetts; drugs; overdoses; informants

    By Steve Fox; Eric Bosco; Kayla Marchetti; Scott Allen

    Boston Globe


  • Rikers Island

    The series of stories produced by AP over the course of 2014, based largely on documents obtained via public records requests and information gleaned from city sources, provides a rare and detailed examination inside the nation's largest city's deeply troubled and neglected jail system – where violence reigns and sick and mentally ill inmates suffer the most.

    Tags: inmates; mental illness; jail; public records

    By Jake Pearson

    Associated Press


  • The Informant

    A former FBI informant goes public and takes KMOV deep inside a federal corruption investigation. the documentary uses previously unreleased wiretaps and undercover FBI video to show how the informant collected the evidence required to send a local mayor, police chief and streets superintendent to prison. The KMOV investigation digs deeper. It delves into the personal story of the informant and show how he used his personal relationship with the mayor to gain his confidence. In addition, KMOV obtained copies of FBI field reports that were not public documents and not presented in court. These reports showed that information provided by the informant was often wrong, though the informant insisted he provided the information required to obtain convictions. The KMOV investigation also discovered that the informant was hired as an auxillary officer and never obtained the certification required to become an officer.

    Tags: FBI; informant; local government; unqualified

    By Craig Cheatham

    KMOV (St. Louis, MO)


  • Police Informants

    The NYPD released, for the first time, data about how much it pays police informants and for what sorts of crimes. The original public records request and appeal was outright rejected by the NYPD and the writer was unable to finance a court action as a freelancer, so she applied for legal assistance via a pro bono clearinghouse operated by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. The media law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz agreed to take up the case and filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on her behalf, resulting in an out-of-court settlement for the data she sought, more than two years after filing her original records request.

    Tags: NYPD; police informants; undercover; crime

    By Erin Tennant

    New York Times


  • Canada's Unwanted

    A Global News investigation into the way Canada treats its non-citizens - refugee applicants, immigration detainees and just about anyone the government is trying to get rid of or whose status in the country remains up in the air - found systems rife with arbitrary opacity and questionable practices. They revealed never-before-published deaths in detention and pressured the Border Services Agency into releasing more information on the people who die in its custody. They also outlined the way Canada detains people indefinitely in jails on no charge – often with limited access to family, legal counsel and third-party monitoring agencies, denying repeated requests by the Red Cross to perform inspections of immigrant detention facilities in Canada's most populous province. In two years, Canada paid thousands of applicants to abandon their appeals and leave the country.

    Tags: Canada; undocumented immigrants; refugees; Border Services Agency; detain

    By Patrick Cain; Leslie Young; Anna Mehler Paperny

    Global News (Vancouver, BC)


  • Nuclear Missteps

    After exposing low morale, training flaws and leadership lapses in the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps in a series of stories in 2013, Robert Burns used the Freedom of Information Act, tips from his network of military sources and interviews with Air Force officers at all levels to reveal in an exclusive series of stories in 2014 that the problems initially denied by the Air Force ran so deep and wide that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared “something is wrong” with the most high-risk arm of the U.S. military.

    Tags: Air Force; FOIA; Defense Secretary; military

    By Robert Burns

    Associated Press


  • A Bronx Tale

    A BRONX TALE, reported by Josh Mankiewicz, documents Eric Glisson’s emotional journey as he fights to free not only himself, but ultimately FIVE other innocent people, all wrongfully convicted of committing a murder together in the Bronx. Through dogged determination and years of fighting for information, Glisson conducted his own investigation from behind bars, and found the real killers.

    Tags: wrongful conviction; murder; prison; crime

    By David Corvo; Elizabeth Cole; Adam Gorfain; Dan Slepian; Rob Allen; Billy Ray; Josh Mankiewicz; Andrew Hongo; Tommy Nguyen; Allan Maraynes

    Dateline NBC