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  • The Jesus Landing Pad: Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move

    After obtaining memos from secret meetings between members of the White House and fundamentalist Christian leaders, the Village Voice discovered top Middle East aides who justified Israeli policy decisions because they coincided with Biblical prophesy. This investigation looks into "the role apocolyptic Christians play in sabotaging the Middle East peace process."
  • Secrets of Timothy McVeigh

    One freelance reporter finds crucial evidence which were ignored at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing. From documents and interviews, this reporter finds a connection between the bombing and two Middle Eastern men.
  • Dubai's Financial Centre Troubled by Insider Deals

    "Dubai, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, promised to tighten lax financial rules that allowed the 9/11 terrorists to launder their money there. Prompted partly by this promise, many large banks, including some in the United States, formally expressed their interest in investing in the new Dubai International Financial Centre, designed to diversify the country's oil-based economy. However, Simeon Kerr's investigation revealed that the Centre's chairman, and by extension its CEO, and a board member were involved in questionable inside property and construction deals that besmirched the Centre's reputation."
  • The Baghdad Files

    Edward Pound found that the current Iraqi insurgency was planned long before the Saddam Hussein regime collapsed. These stories stripped away the different faces of the insurgency and exposed heavy Iranian influences behind the many attacks on Americans, their allies and Iraqi citizens. Pound uncovered documents later called the "Baghdad files" that revealed the extent to which Iran was involved in the insurgency in Iraq.
  • The Politics of Petroleum

    In recent times U.S. search for oil outside the volatile Middle East has led them to Kazakhstan and other countries around the Caspian Sea. This story looks at the government in Kazakhstan and the regime which has a controversial record of human rights violation corruption. As this story reveals, millions of dollars paid as fees by American firms goes to offshore accounts controlled by top Kazakh officials.
  • Ground Truth: Conditions, Contrasts and Morale

    Stars and Stripes is the only daily newspaper that circulates in war zones. Reporters for the paper surveyed nearly 2,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and National Guardsmen in Iraq. They found that moral was low; many troops felt they had not been trained for the duties they were performing, soldiers had little confidence in their leaders and many soldiers doubted the value of the military mission in Iraq. Furthermore, reporters found enormous differences in the quality of life between troops.
  • The Changing Face of Terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Around the World

    "The stories attempt to penetrate the terror networks in Pakistan and Afghanistan that are at the heart of plots aimed at causing havoc in Britain, the United States and elsewhere. Among the stories is an investigative piece that reveals how Osama bin Laden communicates with his inner circle, as well as the first account from Waziri tribesmen about the anti-terror crackdown on their fiercely autonomous region, considered the most likely hideout for bin Laden and his top deputy. There is also a story that outlines the top emerging terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and around the world - people whose names are not yet known in the mainstream but who have been responsible for much of the bloodshed since Sept. 11."
  • Taking liberties

    Newsday details the changes made by the Bush administration in order to switch from prosecuting past terrorist attacks to preventing new ones. According to the contest entry summary, the most significant changes are transforming the immigration system into a law enforcement tool without the guarantee of a lawyer; broadening agencies' powers to investigate businessmen for allegedly funding terrorist activities; detaining people as terrorism suspects without filing charges against them. The series provides concrete examples.
  • Potential for Disaster

    From the contest entry summary: "The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reasoned that chemical plants would be a major terrorist target in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks. If ruptured, tanks storing catastrophic levels of chemicals could kill, injure or displace millions of Americans living in or around our largest cities. Similar events have transpired in the Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian wars in the 1990s, and domestic and foreign terrorists have claimed credit for attacking chemical tanks in the U.S. and Middle East."
  • An Oklahoma Mystery

    Crogan documents Middle Eastern and Filipino connections to the Oklahoma City bombing that the FBI ignored. He argues that the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma bombings are connected and the FBI "derailed" a complete investigation into both attacks.