Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers instructed to run and hide

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports have nearly 300 sworn aviation police officers wearing uniforms and badges. One thing they don’t have – guns. A CNN investigation revealed that these sworn, unarmed officers have been instructed to run and hide in the case of an active shooter. CNN surveyed other major airports and found that most…

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U.S. government wasted $17 billion in Afghanistan

The U.S. government has spent $17 billion on wasted projects and unused resources in Afghanistan, a ProPublica investigation has found. The decisions that led to wasting billions of dollars in taxpayer money on useless projects did not lead to any consequences for the officials in the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development or…

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Wealthy foreigners can buy visas through poorly regulated EB-5 program

U.S. immigration is a maze. Unless you’re rich. Thousands of wealthy foreigners have entered the U.S. through the EB-5 visa program, despite concerns of fraud and threats to national security, according to an investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A firearms dealer, an attorney who has represented dozens of criminals coming into the country, businessmen linked…

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Anonymous source provides classified slides detailing U.S. military’s drone program

The Intercept has received secret slides that provide detail of the U.S. military’s kill/capture operations during the development of the drone wars. The slides were provided by a source within the U.S. intelligence community. The source has worked on the programs and operations outlined in the slides, and the Intercept chose to grant the source…

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CIA ethics report reveals how ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ got its information

Vice News’ investigation into CIA reports revealed that Leon Panetta, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, revealed unprecedented details about the classified mission to the filmmakers. According to the article, a report on ethical violations committed by the director revealed that screenwriter Mark Boal treated top CIA officials to dinners and hotel stays…

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Empty military buildings had multimillion-dollar price tags

As NATO withdraws from Afghanistan, the U.S. military is leaving behind almost $42 million in buildings that have never been used, ProPublica reports.  ProPublica used reports from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction as a starting point for a story on how — and why — the military ignored the advice of three generals…

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Hundreds of biolab accidents, safety violations and near misses put people at risk

A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk. Oversight of biological research labs is fragmented, often secretive and largely self-policing, the investigation found. And even…

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Ignoring the terror within

While the number of domestic terror incidents increases, law enforcement agencies are doing less to catch domestic extremists, a year-long investigation by the Kansas City Star has found. The investigation revealed that after Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement agencies turned their attention toward stopping foreign terrorism at a degree that deemphasized efforts to stop domestic…

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U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades

The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans’ international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed. According to an investigation by USA TODAY, for more than two decades, the Justice Department…

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Extra Extra Monday: Death by deadline, online diplomas, vaccine court

Death by Deadline | The Marshall Project An investigation by The Marshall Project shows that since President Bill Clinton signed the one-year statute of limitations into law – enacting a tough-on-crime provision that emerged in the Republicans’ Contract with America – the deadline has been missed at least 80 times in capital cases. Sixteen of…

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